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Emergency Home Reconstruction-Emma A.

Description

Emma A. and her son live in the border village of  Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  On the morning of July 12, the Azeri’s launched a cross border attack on the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region utilizing attack drones, tanks and other heavy artillery.  Although the Azeris ultimately lost control of strategic military posts to the Armenian defense forces, a considerable amount of damage was inflicted upon the villages of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar, Movses and Chinari.

In response to this assault, The Paros Foundation immediately committed to improving these villagers’ homes well beyond the damage sustained during this recent shelling. Work has already started in rebuilding Emma’s home, thanks to the on-going generosity and sponsorship of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family, who have adopted this important border village and made major investments in its infrastructure since 2012. In the words of Mr. Atamian: ” No one should underestimate our resolve standing with our villages; for every house the enemy destroys, we will built 10 new homes.” Other residential projects in the neighboring border village of Aygepar, along with immediate reconstruction of its kindergarten, will be addressed with funds raised from the Emergency Reconstruction Fund.

A large caliber mortar landed a few feet from Emma’s home.  Its explosion left a crater in her yard, destroyed her garden including several fruit trees, and structurally damaged her home.  The reconstruction of her home will include rebuilding the support structure for her home and balcony, replacing the roof and windows, running a proper heating system throughout the home, building a new bathroom (replacing the family’s outhouse) and completing a full interior renovation.

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of approximately 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community remains under constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. NKA was the single most damaged Armenian village during the Azeri conflict in the 1990’s. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous conditions. In particular, 70% of their fertile land is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a beneficiary village of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. With major financial support of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family over the last eight years, much of the village’s infrastructure has been completely rebuilt and improved including, but not limited to, its large secondary school, expanded kindergarten, medical center, emergency services building and water distribution system. In addition, several families have benefited from agribusiness and animal husbandry projects. Having funded the rebuilding of NKA’s infrastructure, the Atamian family is now focusing its attention on the reconstruction of severely damaged houses to provide decent and safe homes for deserving families in the village. In the last year alone, three houses were rebuilt, and two additional homes are currently under construction now.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

August 2020

End Date

November 2020

Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The Need
A large caliber Azeri mortar landed a few feet from Emma’s home. Its explosion left a crater in her yard, destroyed her garden including several fruit trees, and left her home with serious structural damage.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, Emma’s home will be completely reconstructed giving her and her son (and his future family) a fresh start. The reconstruction of this home will benefit the local economy and a minimum of four workers will work on this home.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, the benefit of repairing homes damaged by the conflict is significant from both the village standpoint and a mental standpoint.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in all press related to this important project. Visits to this home site can be arranged for sponsors when in Armenia.
Anonymous User
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY October 22, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Patricia Starzer

Highlands Ranch, CO
In Honor Of Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian July 29, 2021
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY July 8, 2021

Updates: Images & Information

Video Update

August 26, 2020

Work to rebuild Emma and her son Vartan's home is moving along well. Emma is happy with the progress being made. When Vartan is not serving as a soldier guarding the border near his home in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, he lends his support to the crew working to rebuild.

 
October 3, 2020

Because of the attack in Artsakh by Azerbaijan, the village is on high alert and work has stopped on Emma's home. Her son, Vartan, is at his border post.

 
November 12, 2020

The crew is back to work and working to complete the work on the exterior of Emma's home prior to winter. With the new heating system installed, work will continue inside as the work outside is completed.