Established in 2004, the Arajamugh village is one of the largest projects implemented by the Foundation in Artsakh. This is no accident, as resettling and developing Artsakh’s liberated territories is one of our highest priorities.
During 2004-2008, the Foundation constructed 19 houses which were mainly inhabited by young families from nearby areas, families who fled from Azerbaijan during the war, as well as current and retired officers from the nearby NKR military base. After building these houses, the Foundation and its partners built supplementary facilities, including a school, a community center and mayor’s office. Now, Arajamugh features newly built houses with modern amenities. Alongside these homes, the Foundation has provided water, power lines, sewage disposal, livestock barns, and gravel roads.
In addition to the Foundation’s own support and contributions (totaling more than $900,000 to date), a number of generous co-sponsors have helped to develop this village. Most recently we welcomed the Artsakh Fund – Eastern US, which partnered with us to renovate the facades of existing houses, then to build six additional homes in 2016. This year, Artsakh Fund is assuming primary responsibility for further expansion and development of the village. Future plans include building a clinic and expanding the school (later this year), and building additional houses in the future.
In designing this village, we foresaw not only construction of houses and infrastructure, but also opportunities for residents to develop livelihoods for themselves. With this in mind, we planted 5 hectares of pomegranate orchards in 2012 — expanding them to 7 hectares in 2016. Last year’s cultivation was rather difficult because of heavy hailstorms in June, but our staff has managed to save the orchard, and we expect a full harvest this fall.