LOS ANGELES — The annual Thanksgiving Day worldwide Armenia Fund telethon broadcast live from Los Angeles has raised $10,378,465 in pledges and donations for major charity programs in Armenia and Artsakh.
This year’s flagship ground-breaking project is the construction of single family homes for families in Artsakh who have 5 children or more and lack adequate housing. There are already 466 families identified in Artsakh who fit the criteria and 211 are known to live in unacceptable housing conditions.
The homes that Armenia Fund constructs will have land plots of 10,000 sq. ft. each, where the families can grow fruits and vegetables. Armenia Fund will provide furniture for every room in the house as well as provide household appliances, including water heaters, refrigerators, washers, stoves and vacuum cleaners.
According to the program, priority will be given to low income families, as well as the families of active duty officers of the armed forces, families of veterans of the Artsakh Liberation War and to the survivors of soldiers who lost their lives defending Artsakh.
Over 1.3 million euros were pledged by Armenians around Europe in a preceding Phoneathon held on November 18-22 for the construction of community centers in Nagorno-Karabakh, expansion of agricultural projects in Armenia’s Tavush region and assistance to the Armenian communities of Syria and Iraq.
Last year’s Telethon raised some $12.4 million for completion of a major road project connecting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.