GUMRI (Armenpress)–US Ambassador to Armenia–John Ordway traveled to Armenia’s second largest town–Gumri–which was heavily hit by 1988 earthquake and is still recovering from it. The governor of the province of Shirak–Felix Pirumian welcomed the Ambassador to Gumri.
The goal of the visit was to look into how the earthquake zone was being restored. The US government and other agencies are among major donor organizations–providing funds for the restoration of the earthquake zone. Ordway visited a residential area built by the US Red Cross which provided for permanent shelters to around 360 families.
The ambassador was also interested in another US-supported program–implemented by the USAID that allocated $22 million for granting vouchers to local homeless families that allow them to purchase flats at the local real estate market. Upon its completion the USAID project will involve some 2,400 families in Gumri.
Ordway’s visit coincided with the opening of the local branch of International Research and Exchange Board (IREX). After attending the ceremony he met with elementary school teachers and students who attended school in the US through IREX.
The US Ambassador also visited a local dairy farm–Atoyan and Brothers. The business was established thanks to assistance received from US Department of Agriculture Marketing Assisting Project.