Project Started ~ October 31, 2006
Project Completed ~ October 31, 2008
Project location: Vank (Martakert), Artsakh
Project Category: Infrastructure Development
Project Cost: 169,364,596 AMD
Donor: Armenia Fund U.S. Western Region
The village of Vank (population: 1,450) is located in Artsakh's Martakert Province. Like the rest of Martakert â€“ the site of fierce battles during the war of independence â€“ Vank emerged from the conflict with heavy losses, in terms of casualties, property destruction, and infrastructure damage.
Today, as Vank continues the slow process of recovery, one of the main problems it still faces is a chronic shortage of drinking water. The water-supply system of the village has remained in a state of disrepair for decades and was partially damaged during the war.
As in neighboring communities, currently the residents of Vank receive water irregularly and only a few hours a week. Thus they are forced to buy bottled water or travel long distances every day to carry water from springs or other villages.
In 2006, the Armenia Fund began to address the crisis through a major reconstruction project. By the end of 2008, when the initiative is slated to be completed, Vank's five km water main will be reconstructed, a new 2 km water main will be built to augment the water supply from an additional spring, the two existing water reservoirs will be refurbished, and the entire internal water network will be reconstructed.
Armenia Fund, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1994 to facilitate large-scale humanitarian and infrastructure development assistance to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Armenia Fund, Inc. is the U.S. Western Region affiliate of â€śHayastanâ€ť All-Armenian Fund. Tax ID# 95-4485698