Armenia Fund Makes Bringing Water to Artsakh Easy with a Text Message

Text ‘Armenia’ to 50555 and Donate $10 through your cell phone

Donations will help bring water to more than 200 dry villages in Karabakh

LOS ANGELES–Armenia Fund announced on Wednesday that it will be accepting donations through cell phone text messages throughout the entire territory of the United States on all mobile carriers.

The procedure is simple: text message the word “Armenia” to 50555, confirm with a YES and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill benefiting Armenia Fund’s 2010 Water is Life Telethon.

“We took the 2009 text message pilot project of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund in Armenia and adapted it to the U.S. cell phone environment. Donating through text message is very easy and takes seconds,” said Sarkis Kotanjian, Executive Director of Armenia Fund, U.S. Western Region.

“We text our friends and family more than a dozen times each day – an average person in the United States sends 534 text messages per month. I think each of us can afford text messaging ARMENIA to 50555 at least once to help provide clean drinking water to the people of Armenia,” Kotanjian added.

Raising funds for drinking water and irrigation projects in Artsakh, Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day 2010 Telethon will air live from Hollywood on November 25, 8:00AM-8:00PM PST, coast-to-coast and around the world. Airing for 12 hours, Telethon 2010 will reach every continent, entering Armenian homes through satellite, cable and the internet.

In the United States alone the potential audience for the Telethon is around 55 million households in the states of Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

In Southern California, the Telethon can be seen on KSCI Channel 18, KVMD, ARTN/Shant and USArmenia networks for full 12 hours. In the Glendale/Burbank/Pasadena/La Canada areas the Telethon broadcast will also be shown on AABC, HighVision and Horizon Armenian TV channels. A live 12 hour webcast can also be viewed at

The General Sponsor of Telethon 2010 is VivaCell MTS and the Los Angeles Major Partner is Karoun Dairies USA.

But don’t wait for the Telethon to donate. Text today and help us bring clean, affordable drinking water to Karbakh.


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  1. Mamatian said:

    The same should be done in Russia and in Europe…Only in America is not enough.

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