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[FAR Sponsorships]: My Hope: More Support For Aygepar.

January 7, 2011

By Eduard Karapetyan

The village of Aygepar, located in Armenia’s Tavush region, was founded in 1937. Prior to the Karabagh War it was home to several successful factories where the local workforce produced wine, cigarettes and canned goods. War, however, caused death and economic collapse and many residents temporarily fled the area for safety.

Village Aygepar


Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

Many young families have since returned and others are continuing to re-build their lives, despite the fact that the factories have not reopened, there’s little job opportunity, a shortage of water, and violence is still ever-present. But even the slightest hope for improvement and peace in this area inspires residents, according to Mayor Andranik Ayginyan, 36. “There are other many difficulties, but we will not leave our land,” he said.

The Azerbaijan Border Lies
Several Meters From the Village Aygepar

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

FAR visited this town in December, where we delivered Christmas presents to the children of Aygepar’s sole kindergarten. Ecstatic, the children sang songs, danced and recited poems for us during our stay.

The kindergarten is in disrepair, of course, but it’s obvious that it is maintained through love and devotion of its staff and teachers. Here, everything is done with love.

Aygepar  Kindergarten


Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

Currently, the town’s population totals 736. Only a road separates Aygepar from the neighboring village of Alibeyli (pop 2,600) in Azerbaijan. Sniper fire from Azeri troops still pierces the area and many of these children have to take alternative routes to school through the backyards of neighbors’ homes when the situation becomes especially tense.

Having witnessed all of this last month, I strongly hope to spark the attention of kind people, benefactors and different organizations willing to support this blockaded, but beautiful little village. Every child has the right to leave in peaceful conditions, regardless his or her nationality, ethnicity or beliefs.

My wish is for Aygepar to have peace.

Kids of  Aygepar  Kindergarten

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

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