Archive for the ‘USAID’ Category


[USAID]: More Water Supply Improvements to Come to Nagorno-Karabagh.

May 21, 2010

Nagorno-Karabagh President Bako Sahakian recently announced improvements to the water supply as a priority for the Artsakh province. In fact, this year the All-Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees will allocate $14 million for such programs.

FAR completed another project last year when we collaborated with the Armenia Water Company to improve water supply for about 100,000 residents of Artashat and 27 surrounding communities. Through a multi-million dollar grant from USAID, FAR installed new pipelines and resorviars which brought portable running water to many for the first time.

Marie L. Yovanovitch, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia,
during the opening ceremony of FAR’s Artashat Project.

USA Ambassador in Armenia Mary Yovanovich

Credit: FAR Staff


[USAID]: TV Clip – Artashat Water Supply Project Brings Safe Drinking Water to Ararat Region

September 18, 2009

[USAID]: May their life be as long as water!

September 12, 2009

“May their life be as long as water!” This was Julieta Barseghyan’s blessing to all involved in the Arshat Water Rehabilitation Project, funded by USAID and implemented by FAR. Julieta, a resident of Shahumyan village which recently benefitted from the project, is thrilled to have clean water.

Julieta and her husband built their house in Shahumyan twenty years ago, and had never had local access to clean drinking water. “We looked with envy at the houses that had clean drinking water. There was even a period, when we thought of selling our house which was built with much difficulty and effort,” said Julieta.

When they first learned about the Water Rehabilitation Project, they could hardly believe it. “Of course, now we believe it and even wash our dishes with the clean water!”

Julieta’s son; enjoying running water

Mrs. Juliet's son in front of their house Res.

Credit: FAR Staff


[USAID]: Fresh Water in Shahumian

September 9, 2009

After the opening ceremony dedicated to the successful completion of the Arshat Water Rehabilitation Project, we decided to visit the villages to witness some of the results of the project.  We were so happy to notice that a section of the route, which had once been occupied by a line of people waiting for water to carry home, was now empty.

The rural residents of the Araratian Valley live comfortably as compared with the residents of other regions of Armenia. The soil is fertile, and ample harvest grounds characterize the area. Shahumyan village, located 5 km far town Artashat, contains a newly-build district of the village, containing houses with beautiful gardens.  However, this village previously lacked a clean water supply.

We were welcomed into Gayane’s home.  Her glowing smile showed that she was pleased with the results of the water supply rehabilitation project. Finally, residents had an opportunity to drink and wash normally. She invited us to view the now obsolete backyard water well, which for nearly 20 years served as a primary water source.

“We used to bring in drinking water from Artashat every season, on both cold and hot days.” said Gayane. The hostess was especially happy to be able to use a washing machine, which was never used due to the lack of water. “We are happy to know that we drink the clean, cold water of Garni.”


Mrs. Gayane Res.

Credit: FAR Staff


[USAID]: Artashat Water Supply Project Brings Safe Drinking Water to Armenia’s Ararat Region

September 4, 2009

For years, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and USAID have been working together to change the lives of less fortunate Armenians. Thanks to USAID funding, FAR has implemented rehabilitation projects in Yerevan, the Shirak region and Nagorno-Karabakh.

His Holiness Karekin II,  Marie L. Yovanovitch, and Hovik Abrahamian
testing the water during the ceremony.

Tasting of Garni water in Artashat

Credit: FAR Staff

Back in May, 2007, FAR signed a contract to oversee the implementation of the fourth USAID / FAR joint project, titled “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town and 27 Designated Villages in the Surrounding Area.”  Just a few days ago, this project was successfully completed, improving the water quality in the mentioned cities, and improving access to clean drinking water for nearly 100,000 residents of the region.

This implementation project involved many steps.  Along with the rehabilitation of the two old water reservoirs, FAR and USAID constructed a new, four cubic meter capacity daily regulating reservoir (DRR), which is the biggest structure of its kind in the post-Soviet period.  These improvements allowed for the doubling in quantities of water stored.   At the same time, the 6 km water pipeline (Qaghtcrashen – Artashat) was installed and the 42 km water network was renovated.  Thus, the quality of potable water provided to the population was improved. Today, fresh water from Garni is accessible to target communities in Artashat.

Marie L. Yovanovitch, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia,
during the opening ceremony.

USA Ambassador in Armenia Mary Yovanovich

Credit: FAR Staff

The August 26th ceremony was attended by many important community figures, including Catholicos of All Armenians Karegin II, Armenian National Assembly President/Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, United States Ambassador to Armenia Mary Yovanovich, and President of FAR and Primate of the Eastern Diocese Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. On behalf of the United States, Mary Yovanovich congratulated all participants for FAR’s implementation work. Then she added “I am confident that the project will significantly improve the health and well-being of people in this area and will support the Government of Armenia in its efforts to foster economic development of the regions outside of Yerevan.”

In his speech, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian mentioned the importance of the cooperation between Armenia and the United States, and thanked the US Government and the American people for their continuing support since the 1988 earthquake.  The ceremony was concluded with a water blessing ritual. In his closing speech Karegin II recited the Lord’sprayer, then he mentioned the effectiveness of FAR and the Armenian Apostolic Church Dioceses’ efforts and contribution into the rebuilding of the home country.


[USAID]: Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visits FAR Yerevan office

August 24, 2009

To commemorate the completion of work on the “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town & 27 Designated Villages in the surrounding area” Program, USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visited the FAR Yerevan Office on August 11, 2009.

FAR Executive Director Garnik Nanagoulian and
USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema

+ During Dr. Cheema's meeting

Credit : Levon Lachikyan

Dr. Cheema met the FAR staff, toured the Yerevan office, and held a detailed discussion with FAR leadership. FAR executive director Garnik Nanagoulian briefly introduced the guest of honor, highlighting the history of FAR and its accomplishments in Armenia over the past 20 years.  A special discussion was held to address preparations for the event to be held on August 26, 2009.  At the end of the meeting, Dr. Cheema thanked for the hospitality and the warm welcome.

USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema discovers FAR’s history

+ Dr. Cheema at FAR Yerevan office 1

Credit : FAR Staff