NEW YORK—On Nov. 9, the ACAA Artsakh Fund (Eastern US) held a kick-off reception in New York to announce its expansion plans for Arajamugh, a model village found in the strategic borderlands of Artsakh. Located in the liberated territories south of Hadrut, Arajamugh was created in 2004-06 by the Tufenkian Foundation, working in conjunction with the NKR Department of Resettlement and Refugee Affairs. The village currently features 19 houses and 85 inhabitants.
Attendees listened as Foundation Director Antranig Kasbarian presented the history of the village, as well as the strategic challenges facing those who seek to promote resettlement in Artsakh. He was followed by Artsakh Fund representative Alex Sarafian, who offered an engaging PowerPoint presentation depicting plans to expand the village to 50 houses, as well as associated facilities including a clinic and community center.
At the conclusion of the program, Sarafian announced that over $90,000 in donations and pledges have already been secured toward this effort. The goal of this phase is $250,000, which will cover construction of approximately 10 new houses in the village. Construction is tentatively slated to begin next spring.
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