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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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HALO Trust Support

2020 Update

On September 27, 2020 the war restarted in Artsakh. Azerbaijan has been shelling the cities of Artsakh again. Now, there is a need for HALO’s work. HALO is on the ground right now teaching people to avoid dangerous explosives and distributing aid to civilians forced from their homes.

The severity and urgency of the situation cannot be overstated – please Donate Today. All donations will be matched and will go to immediate use providing aid to civilians and eliminating the threat of deadly explosives that now litter the streets of Artsakh.

Knights of Vartan Provides $10,000 Donation to Support Landmine Clearance in Nagorno Karabakh (2019)

The Knights of Vartan is proud to announce that it has donated $10,000 to The HALO Trust, the only organization conducting landmine clearance in Nagorno Karabakh. This gift will support HALO’s life-saving work in the region and will be matched by an anonymous donor to double its impact.

Jacob Bournazian, Southeastern Grand District Representative of the Knights of Vartan,
with Chris Whatley, Executive Director of The HALO Trust (USA)

Karabakh and its people have been haunted by the presence of landmines for more than two decades as a result of the 1988-94 Nagorno Karabakh War. In fact, Karabakh has had one of the world’s highest rates of accidents from landmines and other explosive remnants of war. A quarter of the victims are children.

This problem not only threatens peoples’ lives but also their livelihoods. Most Karabakhis are dependent on agricultural land or woodland to support their families, and the presence of these deadly devices limits the land they can use to support themselves and their communities. HALO has been working in the region since 2000 and has cleared almost 500 minefields, making land safe and benefiting more than 80% of the population. HALO also visits schools and communities throughout Karabakh to teach people, especially children, how to stay safe from explosive dangers.

We are proud to support HALO’s work to ensure the people of Karabakh can live free from the fear of landmines. “The Knights of Vartan is pleased to be working with The HALO Trust in the demining of Artsakh. Innocent lives are too often lost to mines placed and forgotten. Farmers want to plant their fields in a safe environment free from the constant worry of mines. We thank The HALO Trust for this most worthy cause,” said Grand Commander Steven R. Adams.