Armenia Fund Telethon Will Air Thanksgiving Day

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Executive Director of the Hayastan All-Armenia Fund, Naira Melkoumian said Wednesday that the ninth Armenia Fund Telethon will air on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 from Los Angeles. This year’s telethon will highlight the organization’s 15 years of achievemen’s as well as celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Armenia. Since 1991, Armenia Fund has rendered more than $160 million in short term humanitarian aid as well as long term infrastructure development project. The organization was instrumental for urgently facilitating the critical energy needs of the fledgling Armenian republic in from 1991–1994. In addition to its relief aid, the organization has constructed major infrastructure that includes rural roads and highways, drinking water and irrigation networks, healthcare facilities, schools, and cultural and historical projects’ rehabilitation. Melkoumian elaborated that proceeds from Telethon 2006 will benefit the war torn region of Hadrut in Nagorno Karabakh. Among various major projects, the plan calls for the reconstruction of a regional hospital, a series of new schools, new water pipelines and distribution networks, as well a comprehensive regional agricultural development program all designed to enhance the socio-economic standards of the region. The plan will draw parallels to the Martakert Regional Development plan, which is currently underway, after months of planning and fund collection. Melkoumian said she was inspired by a great number of young men and women involved in the preparation of the Telethon. Prior to the telethon a "phonathon" will be held in Europe. The same event raised $1 million euros last year to benefit the activities of the Fund. This year, the Armenian community of Belgium will participate in the "phonathon" for the first time.

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