For Immediate Release ~ January 30, 2015

Yerevan, Armenia – The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has completed a host of renovations at the school of Shosh, a village in Artsakh’s Askeran Region. The project was made possible by the support of the fund’s Toronto affiliate, which had sponsored the construction of the three-story school almost a decade ago.

The renovations include repaired and repainted exterior walls; granite-tile flooring throughout the corridors, hall, library, and infirmary; and refurbished balconies. In addition, awnings were installed above all windows and balconies, and a fence was built around the school compound.

The school has close to 150 students, including a number of children from neighboring communities. Their transportation is provided via a minibus, which was donated in 2012 by an Armenian benefactor from Toronto. In 2013, with the support of Toronto’s Armenian community, the school’s computer room was provided with Internet access. Moreover, in recent years the school has received donations of beautiful uniforms, made by a diaspora family of tailors.

“The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund is committed to the ongoing development of Shosh,” said Ara Vardanyan, the fund’s executive director. “Currently we’re building one of our signature multifunctional community centers in the village. Slated to open soon, the facility will house the mayor’s office, a health clinic, a library, a game room, and an events hall.”