New Video Explains How ATP Connects Diaspora to Armenia through Trees

ATP’s new 20th anniversary video is available at www.tinyurl.com/planthope

WATERTOWN, Mass.—On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) has released an uplifting video highlighting its tree planting, environmental education, and poverty reduction programs. The 13-minute film, “Plant a Tree, Plant Hope,” features founder Carolyn Mugar who reflects on some of the motivations and challenges of the early years. The film can be viewed on ATP’s YouTube Channel via www.tinyurl.com/planthope.

ATP planting on Earth Day
ATP planting on Earth Day

“I’m sure you’ll agree this video is quite an uplifting message and a much-needed dose of hope and good news,” says Managing Director Tom Garabedian. “Often people don’t realize the magnitude of the work we’ve achieved. Over the past 20 years, we have planted nearly 4.5 million trees! And this is at the grassroots, community level, at more than 900 sites in every region of Armenia including Artsakh.”

Narrator Roffi Petrossian, a diasporan who was an ATP volunteer last year, really hits home when he says, “Each tree [planted by ATP] is a manifestation of human dedication and care. It is bought with an investment made from abroad, planted in Armenia through the hands of an Armenian, and it grows and bears fruit for everyone. Each garden and forest connects Armenians scattered around the world to Armenia.”

The film was produced in Armenia by CivilNet.TV and directed by Seda Grigoryan. CivilNet’s young, vibrant, and multilingual team worked with ATP to create something that is educational, uplifting, and a call to action to support the organization’s environmental programs. The script supervisors were Maria Titizian and Sara Anjargolian.

The production is just one part of ATP’s 20th anniversary outreach. The organization hosted a lively event at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in California in May, and has launched a new logo with a fully rebranded website to follow this summer. The celebration continues on Sat., Nov. 8, when ATP will host an event at the grand atrium of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse overlooking Boston Harbor.

Since its inception in 1994, ATP has planted more than 4.4 million trees during 41 seasons of planting, established 3 nurseries and 2 environmental education centers, and has greened villages, churches, parks, and open spaces throughout Armenia. In the process, the organization has provided employment for hundreds of people and provided vital resources to thousands of villagers throughout the country.

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