Today was a day of double celebration for Ishkhanadzor, one of the villages in liberated Kashatagh, as a new home and a newly renovated health clinic opened their doors. Both the construction of the house and the renovation of the clinic were carried out in the framework of our mission to rebuild, resettle and revive the liberated borderlands of Artsakh.
The house was built for a Lebanese-Armenian family - Vahe Askaryan and his 4 children - who relocated to Artsakh 2 years ago and settled in Ishkhanadzor, where 20 families of re-settlers from Syria and Lebanon currently live. To support the family as they start a new life in Kashatagh, we provided them with a new to home by turning some of the war-torn ruins of Ishkhanadzor into a large and safe house.
"Relocating to Artsakh, this ancestral home of all Armenians, is the best decision I could make for my family. I am happy to experience such generous support by my compatriots and promise to dedicate all my abilities for the prosperity of Artsakh".
Vahe is a skilled farmer with experience in greenhouse cultivation. To support the family while they start a new life in Artsakh, the Tufenkian Foundation has provided Vahe with a greenhouse. Upon effective utilization, the greenhouse can not only ensure the subsistence of Vahe's family, but also create employment opportunities for others in Iskhanadzor.
In parallel to building a house for Vahe and his family, we have renovated the primary clinic of Iskhanadzor. After months of renovation works, the clinic reopened its doors today.
Realizing the importance of this facility for Ishkhanadzor and all of Southern Kashatagh, we took up the renovation of the clinic in early September. Improvements were made to the walls, flooring, windows and the external façade of the building, thus ensuring the maintenance of the clinic well into the future. As with all construction efforts carried out by the Tufenkian Foundation, the renovation works were entrusted to local workers from Kashatagh.
The clinic currently employs 5 healthcare professionals serving more than 500 patients every year. Medical care provided by this clinic is essential for the people of Kashatagh, where accessible medical services are scarce due to poor roads and transportation. Until recently, village-based facilities were practically nonexistent, and medical emergencies such as snakebites, sudden illnesses, and even childbirths often resulted in casualties.
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