On the occasion of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Missionary Association-Armenia (AMA-Armenia) took the initiative to coordinate the formation of a consortium of 6 NGOs—AMA-Armenia, Development Principles, “Shen” Charity NGO, World Vision Armenia, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) Kids, Fund for Armenia Relief (FAR)—to join efforts in support of the Martuni village in the Republic of Armenia.
The village, located in the northeastern part of the Gegharkunik region, on the southern shores of Lake Sevan, was founded in 1921. Its first inhabitants were genocide survivors, mostly from Van, Alashkert, Kars, and Sassoun.
On March 4, the 6 NGOs and 2 new partners—Teach for Armenia and the Armenia Round Table of the World Council of Churches (WCC)—visited Martuni to evaluate and review the work done over the past year:
(1) COAF financed the renovation of the health post of the Martuni community;
(2) World Vision presented the newly formed Engineering Club and newly acquired Robotics Lab of the school;
(3) “Shen” NGO unveiled the new village website (www.martunigyugh.am), which presents the history of the village, current conditions, and the installation of water pipes to provide drinking water for most of the villagers;
(4) AMA-Armenia helped the villagers acquire 2 brand new tractors and 10 gasoline-powered harvesters, which will help the villagers to harvest hay to feed their cattle during the winter months and also cultivate their lands;
(5) FAR presented scholarships to Martuni village high school students;
(6) Development Principles granted 13 pregnant cows to low-income families within the community; and
(7) AMA-Armenia partnered with Teach for Armenia to send a well-trained teacher to teach IT courses and help students develop their leadership skills.
The partners also visited the computer lab, which was provided by the WCC Armenian Round Table. Representatives of each organization also met with community members to discuss various projects, and to gather suggestions and thoughts.
The mission of this partnership is to help increase the standard of living in Martuni and eventually help other villages. This cooperation of different Armenian organizations is an example of how synergy multiplies the efforts of each individual organization.
Source: Armenian Weekly