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AGBU YP YEREVAN TEAM LENDS A HELPING HAND TO THE RESIDENTS OF BAREKAMAVAN BORDER VILLAGE

AGBU YP Yerevan team in association with “Ognir Kez” non-governmental organization initiated a project of helping the people of Barekamavan village of the Tavush region of Armenia. The project consists of two phases: material assistance to the residents and an environmental project to improve the economic condition of the village. To meet personally with the villagers and estimate on the spot the current needs of the village, AGBU YP steering committee member Gayane Gevorgyan and representative of “Ognir Kez” NGO Arman Hayrapetyan, visited the village on May 17th, taking with them about 20 boxes of clothes and toys, 1 TV set, 2 monitors, sport items for the village school and medications for the medical center of the village for a total sum of 50,000AMD raised beforehand. Phase 2 will bring a more complex approach to the needs of the village with a more far-reaching initiative to improve the economic situation of the village. The talks with the villagers and the village head revealed the importance of focusing on the implementation of agricultural projects. Considering the local natural and climate conditions it will be really helpful and profitable to plant apple and persimmon gardens in the village. There are 11 hectares of community lands, which can be planted with apple trees and distributed among the villagers. This will ease the villagers’ hardship. Prospects of renovation of the irrigation water pipeline and construction of a new drinking water reservoir were also discussed. Another important but not a vital issue, is the renovation of the village’s culture club or the foundation of a new center of entertainment for the people of Barekamavan. This project was assisted by Byblos Bank represented by Isabella Sargsyan, 106.5 radio station, Harut and Tsolin Bouldoukian, Victor Sargsyan and Natasha Hilis, Raffi and Lusine Kasanjian, the Harutyunian family, and Lusine Nalbandian. Barekamavan is on the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Azeri border guard posts are seen from the village, which puts the lives of villagers in daily danger, especially in the hay and harvest season. Cases of attacks and shots have already been registered.