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Knights and Daughters of Vartan Visit Motherland on Mission Trip

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10/14/2017

(YEREVAN) — Twenty-five members of Knights of Vartan and Daughters of Vartan, including newly-elected Grand Commander Dr. Gary Zamanigian, Grand Recorder Deacon Richard Norsigian, Past Grand Commanders Steven Kradjian and Vahram Fantazian, visited the homeland on a mission trip from September 16-24, 2017. read more >


Knights of Vartan First Donation to Ministry of Health of Artsakh Republic

Yerevan- On July 17, 2017 Knights of Vartan Past Commander of the Ani Lodge in Washington, DC, Mr. Jake Bournazian, traveled to Artsakh with his son and daughter to make the endowment on behalf of Knights of Vartan (KOV) in Artsakh.

The $10,000 donation was made to Ms. Karine Atayn, Minister of Health of Artsakh Republic to contribute to the costs of purchasing medical equipment for a new oncology treatment facility in Stepanakert.

Construction of the new oncology dispensary was recently completed in May, 2017 through funding from Vardan and Koharig Ohanessian in France. During his visit Mr. Bournazian met with the Minister of Health of Artsakh Ms. Karine Atayan to discuss the major equipment needs to enable the dispensary to be operational. After the meeting Mr. Bournazian and his family visited with the doctors and nursing staff at the current facility where patients are diagnosed and then toured the new building of the oncological dispensary.  “The newly built oncology dispensary building needs more medical equipment and this donation from Knights of Vartan will be used to help improve health care for cancer patients in Artsakh.  Cancer rates have dramatically increased in the population in Artsakh over the past 10 years.  Any support to improve the life of our compatriots is very much appreciated” said Ms. Atayan.

“It is great to see so many improvements in Artsakh today, but still there is much to be done. I hope this example from our Lodge will inspire others to follow” said Mr. Bournazian.