Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2020
Thank you for your interest in Armenia Fund’s International Thanksgiving Day Telethon 2020 on November 28th, 2020. Having become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for Armenians around the world, the Telethon 2020 will air from Los Angeles and be broadcast from coast to coast and internationally.
Proceeds from Telethon 2020 will benefit Armenia and Karabakh.
Please scroll down to see the Telethon 2020 TV broadcast guide. If you live outside of our broadcast areas, please watch the Telethon webcast by visiting www.armeniafund.org on U.S. Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2019.
Watch the 10-Hour broadcast LIVE on T.V. or Livestream!
To my lovely Armenia: life-giving water and sun for communities
Armenia Fund USA believes that strong communities make for a strong Homeland. It’s a conviction that takes on a whole new meaning this year, as we seek to empower communities in Armenia and Artsakh like never before.
Our 2019 International Thanksgiving Day Telethon carries the theme “To my lovely Armenia: life-giving water and sun for communities.”
With your generous support this year, you will make it possible for us to bring drinking water to villages that remain deprived of this most crucial resource. You will also enable us to make thousands of acres of land available for agriculture, by bringing irrigation water to hard-working farmers. As importantly, you will enable us to help Armenia and Artsakh become energy-independent, by expanding our solar-power projects throughout both republics.
Armenia Fund USA, based in Los Angeles, will carry out these projects through its implementing partner in Armenia, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund — with strict adherence to our abiding values of transparency, accountability, and absolute commitment to project quality and delivery.
Today, there are still numerous villages in Armenia and Artsakh that lack access to drinking water. Many of these villages are located in remote and borderline areas. Many don’t have water at all — every day, their residents have to carry water from nearby springs in jugs and containers. Other villages do have water networks, but get only two hours of water a day, and don’t even know which two hours of the day they’ll be getting it. There are also villages with water networks that urgently need repairs or major renovations.
Armenia Fund will build brand-new potable-water pipelines, reservoirs, and distribution networks, bringing water to parched villages from nearby natural springs. The Fund will also renovate existing networks and make extensive infrastructure improvements, so that all beneficiary communities get to have round-the-clock access to clean drinking water.
This program will be implemented in close to 30 villages in Armenia, benefiting up to 15,000 residents; and almost 100 villages in Artsakh, benefiting up to 50,000 residents.
Beyond the immediate benefit of providing remote villages with drinking water, this project is crucial for the continued development of these communities: the round-the-clock availability of water will provide residents with a key incentive to continue to live and work in their native lands. In turn, their thriving communities will undoubtedly help make for a stronger Homeland.
Two years ago, Armenia Fund began to revolutionize agriculture in Artsakh with the introduction of drip irrigation.
Artsakh has vast water resources, but its agriculture continues to suffer because much of the water is underground. Armenia Fund’s solution is twofold: a) to bring water to the surface by digging deep-water wells; and b) to build drip-irrigation networks for using the newly-available water for irrigating thousands of acres of land. Simply put, drip irrigation is the most economical and water-efficient method for cultivating large swaths of land.
Armenia Fund will implement irrigation projects in areas throughout Artsakh as well as Armenia.
With the availability of ample irrigation water and state-of-the-art drip-irrigation systems, farmers in Armenia and Artsakh will be able to grow a much larger variety of fruits and vegetables, including high-profit crops. As a result, hundreds of new jobs will be created and farming profits will increase throughout the Homeland.
Also two years ago, Armenia Fund launched a major program to help Armenia become energy-independent.
Given their geographical position, Armenia and Artsakh have an exceptionally high potential for harnessing solar power. With this in mind, Armenia Fund began to install solar-power systems in several communities, as a first step toward securing the Homeland with a clean, renewable source of energy.
In 2019 and 2020, Armenia Fund will install solar panels on public buildings, schools, hospitals, community centers, and kindergartens throughout Artsakh, as well as in Armenia’s Lori, Tavush, and Shirak regions.
To be used for heating and electricity with zero operational expenses, these solar panels will significantly lower utility expenses, and the resulting savings will be an excellent source of re-investment in community development. To further optimize the project, Armenia Fund will provide the staffs of beneficiary institutions with training in the utilization of the installed solar-power equipment.