Children of Armenia Fund (COAF - the founder is
American-Armenian businessman Garo Armen) a year ago has chosen Karakert
village of Armavir Marz for the realization of a project of complex
development there. In case of success it will be a model for solving
problems in similar rural communities. The Foundation implements
projects in the following fields: drinking water, schools, public
institutions, health and general economical development. The goal of the
project is to eliminate the obstacles that hinder the economical growth
and to improve their living conditions of Karakert villagers.
Since 2004 by the initiative and participation of
the Foundation and in cooperation with
the strategic plan of the development of Karakert was designed and
currently, by the financial support of COAF, the “Integrated project of
rural development of Armenia” is being implemented. In the framework of
this project series of reforms are in process: the
#1, kindergartens #1 and #2, the ambulance station are being completely
overhauled, the dental clinic is under the construction. For the last
two ones the project also includes equipment, furniture and trainings
for the medical staff. Humanitarian projects are being realized in the
community: provision of food and seed, garbage removal and
road-building. Simultaneously with seed provision trainings were being
organized on different methods of seed cultivation.
The garbage was not removed from Karakert for many
years. The Foundation has initiated the process of putting this work on
strong basis here. It has organized garbage removal, has installed
trashcans in all public places of the community. The Foundation plans to
purchase sanitation cars and a crane. The result of all this is that the
problem of garbage removal is solved by 90%.
in this phase of the project COAF is giving great importance to the
transition from social to developmental projects. Water has also been
and is still the main problem of Karakert.
future, in collaboration with
USDA, COAF plans to repair the internal water pipe
system and with World Bank and UNDP is going to solve the problem of
irrigation water for 30 hectares of reserve lands. The estimation for
the water pipe construction is already ready and a tender is announced
for the construction companies. It is planned to begin construction
works in June. There is a preliminary agreement between village mayors
and the Foundation that the lands will be leased to the most vulnerable
members of the community.
On May 30th
of 2005 the first edition of the small volume weekly newspaper
“Karakerti Munetik” was published. Currently, the newspaper which
comprises four A4 format pages (black and white, 300 copies) is
disbursed in Karakert free of charge.
Journalists' Club "Asparez"