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05/02/2021

Washington DC- In March, 2021, the Knights of Vartan and Armenia Tools4Schools provided $16,000 to the Martuni Vocational School in Martuni, Republic of Artsakh to purchase a school bus, tools and equipment, and construct improvements around the school property.   The school provides vocational trade education to students ages 13 through 17 living in the 15 villages that surround the town of Martuni. Tuition is free and the school relies entirely on the Republic of Artsakh government for funding.  Martuni Vocational School currently has 110 students, 33 instructors, and 19 building operations and administrative staff.

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Adopt-A School Project

Independence of Armenia in September 1991 was followed by a breakdown of support for schools in Armenia.  Government budgets were meager or non-existing and schools began to suffer with non-functioning toilets, leaky roofs, broken windows and furniture, and even lack of electricity and water. In an attempt to alleviate this problem, the Knights and Daughters of Vartan launched a program in 1995 to enable lodges, individual Knights, Daughters and even non members to sponsor a school in Armenia with a minimum donation of $500 annually for a period of three years. Many donations that were made were far in excess of the minimum. The program was extremely successful in the first two years of adoption with over $100,000 raised from 1995-1997 from donations and given to over 75 schools. The schools that have received money from the Adopt-A-School Project have new bathrooms, running water, blackboards, new charis, and computers.  Three schools in Nor Kharpert, for instance, have 100% heat and new windows, doors and roofs.

Today, the Adopt-A-School Project accepts donations of any amount and guarantees that 100% of all donations  are given to a needy schools in Armenia where real change occurs.  Contributors can select the particular school to which the dontation is hand-delivered, or can elect to have the Adopt-A-School committee designate a worthy school.

Contact your local lodge or Otyag or the Avak Tivan for more information or to make donations.