Solar panels are proven to be an effective alternative for generating electricity and heat, especially in places where it is difficult to provide energy
through traditional means. Most of Artsakh’s frontline army posts are situated in such distant locations and have no links to the general electrical
system. As a result, soldiers serving in these key bases have limited or no access to electricity needed to charge essential appliances and equipment.
The need for alternative sources of energy for Artsakh’s frontline bases was already apparent two years ago. Following the 4-Day April War in 2016, the Artsakh Army received a few solar panels from different donors. However, these panels were not sufficient for the needs of soldiers at the frontline, as confirmed during a meeting we had with the Artsakh Ministry of Defense last year.
After further exploring this issue and receiving detailed technical specifications from the Ministry, we set out to start an initiative providing the frontline bases with this much-needed source of energy. The first batch of solar panels arrived to Artsakh in early March, and was soon transported to army bases.
These panels will help ensure that key communication and visibility devices, such as radio sets, cell phones and night-vision devices, are consistently charged and functional, thus helping our soldiers stay safe.
More recently, we partnered with the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund — an organization dedicated to supporting wounded soldiers — to bring more solar panels and other infrastructure to Artsakh.
What is Kashatagh? Formerly known as Lachin, it is Artsakh's largest region, the vital land-bridge that connects Artsakh to Armenia, making them effectively one. After 70 years of Azerbaijani rule, this historically Armenian province was liberated in the early nineties. Today, the region is being actively resettled and offers new life to Armenian families.read More
Papag Stepanyan, together with his family of five, lives in the Van village of Southern Kashatagh, where he resettled in 1998. All this time, the family has lived in very poor housing conditions. This is about to change.read More
Meet Tatevik Sargsyan, Vahe Azizyan and Ararat Sahakyan – 3 young specialists from Armenia who are currently in Artsakh with the mission to explore new development prospects for the local bee-keeping, honey-production and related spheres.read More
A deep connection to the land, a strong sense of community and simplicity of living – this is what life in these villages is all about. We spent the past few days in some of the most remote villages of Artsakh, talking to people and hearing their stories. These villages are where the Armenian world starts, it is where Armenian life starts, and we think it is important for each of us to learn about the people who live here. Very soon, we will share with you the stories we have been fortunate to collect here. But for now, enjoy these images of village life in two of Artsakh’s liberated districts – Kashatagh and Hadrut.read More