NEW YORK–A yearly tradition returns on Thanksgiving Day–November 24–when Armenia Fund Telethon 2005 will be broadcast to raise funds for "Rebirth of Artsakh," a three-year–three-phase major regional development program for Mountainous Karabagh Republic.
Since 1996–when the Telethon was first organized–millions of dollars have been raised to implement vital projects that have affected thousands of lives.
The "Rebirth of Artsakh" regional development program includeds the building of schools–houses–clinics–and access roads–as well as drinking water programs and agricultural initiatives for three major regions of Mountainous Karabagh.
Armenia Fund USA will spearhead the Agricultural Initiative component of the Program–aimed at providing long term sustainable economic development for the region. This year’s Telethon will raise funds for the Mardakert agricultural initiative–which requires $2.5 million to assist 20,000 inhabitants.
Plans are to establish six Agricultural Development Associations in order to help transition groups of subsistence farmers to becoming field crop–swine–and cattle production units.
Armenia Fund is the US affiliate of Hayastan All-Armenian Fund–and is a non-profit–non-governmental–nonsectarian organization; the Fund represents all Armenian constituents.