YEREVAN–The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia (FCHA) and the Republic of Artsakh have reached an agreement to help low-income families build safe, decent, and affordable homes.
“We invited the Fuller Center for Housing to assist our efforts to bring greater stability to the families of our region. Our government is ready to provide maximum organizational support to this new program. Therefore, I call upon all donors to support the Artsakh Project of the Fuller Center for Housing,” stated Ara Haroutyunian, Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh.
Over the past five years, FCHA has tried to initiate a home building program in Artsakh. However, A number of challenges prevented this plan from becoming a reality. In August 2013, by coincidence Artak Beglaryan, the official spokesperson for Haroutyunian, and Gohar Palyan, FCHA’s development director, were in the same group of hikers who trekked to Mt. Ararat. Climbing to the summit at 5,165 m (16,945 ft), they proudly raised the flags of Armenia, Artsakh and FCHA, and made a commitment to begin working together to build homes in Artsakh.
With more than five years of experience providing housing to homeless and needy families, FCHA is very pleased to establish the Artsakh Project in collaboration with the government. The goal is to expand FCHA’s impact by implementing its successful housing model and sharing its construction expertise in the region.
“Housing need in Artsakh is high, and helping underprivileged families build simple homes for their children not only has humanitarian significance, but also high strategic importance,” said Ashot Yeghiazaryan, president of the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia.
FCHA has already embarked on raising funds for homes in Artsakh. All Armenians and interested sponsors are encouraged to participate in the Artsakh Project. The completion of a half-built home is $10,500 and a renovation project is $2,900. To join this new movement, please send your donation to: The Fuller Center for Housing, Inc., PO Box 523, Americus, Georgia 31709, USA. Be sure to add “Armenia-Artsakh” in the memo line. Donations can also be made online. All US donations are tax-deductable.
The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is a non-government, charitable organization that supports community development in the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh by assisting in building and renovating simple, decent and affordable homes, as well as advocating the right to decent shelter as a matter of conscience and action. FCHA provides long-term, interest-free loans to low-income families. The monthly repayments flow into a Revolving Fund, which is used to help more families, thereby providing a financial foundation for sustainable community development. In its five years of operation, the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia has assisted 278 families. For more information, please visit fullercenterarmenia.org.