Construction projects are an important direction in the mission of Diaconia Charitable Fund. Along with the implementation of Food-aid, Medical assistance, Clothing aid, Education and Psychosocial programs we facilitate people living as well as an opportunity to earn by their own work and live a decent life.
Throughout its activity the Fund has carried out various construction projects on the profound repair, construction, construction of water lines in the areas of needy families residence, schools, kindergartens, health centers, as well as the construction of a whole residential area.
Since 2001 in collaboration with the Government of RA and Yerevan Municipality, Diaconia Charitable Fund brought into being “Huysi Avan ” charity project, which was designed to build the houses of hope for 200 needy families. On the 6th of August, 2001 upon the Government decision, 16 hectares of land near Ashtarak highway was allocated to Diaсonia Charitable Fund.
Besides apartments the program also included a construction of a secondary school, college with adjoining workshop, a two-storey administrative building, polyclinics, entertainment and shopping centers. After a short time a joyful noise of previously homeless-but now living in their own comfortable township-children could be heard. 78 apartments out of the 200 planned ones were built. 78 large families with 500 members now live in the apartments with permanent water, heating, telephone, and all communication facilities necessary for living.
The apartments also have a smallholding of 400 square meters. An irrigation network was laid for cultivating and tending the gardens; works on the improvement of lawns and fence construction as well as asphalt works were caried out. The Fund also completed the construction of the administrative building, the specialized school and the adjoined workshop. The remaining works are in progress.
A construction of a social support center in Tumanyan town, Lori region
As a result of monthly visits to the regions of RA we have witnessed the hard life of people living in the 9 towns and 105 villages of Lori region. Along with the implementation of the Fund’s other sectors another primary objective was the construction of social support center for the region’s children and vulnerable elderly people. There was a non-operating and almost worthless construction, a former kindergarten building, left from the Soviet era in the town of Tumanyan. The mayor of the town, being informed of the program, expressed his willingness on the aid issues. One half of the building was privatized years ago by two residents and the other half was under the management of the municipality.
The mayor gladly donated this area to Diaconia. Fundamental reconstruction works have started. Why say fundamental? Because everything has been completely replaced from the base, such as walls, windows and pipes. As the building was designed for a kindergarten, it was very convenient to use it as a recreational center for children and adults. With the sponsors’ support the Fund carried out fundamental repairs of the building, furnished it and in the summer of 2016 it started to serve its purpose.
Water system repair in Getik village, Gegharkunik region on the15th of February, 2015
The head of Getik village of Tjambarak district requested the Fund on the repair of drinking-water pipeline in the village. While carrying out various projects in this region, in the village of Getik we witnessed the fact that water coming from the tap was muddy, especially on a rainy day. Here drinking water reaches families from mountain springs but the water passway would not allow us to say if it was clean and safe for use. However, people living in Getik used just this water because they had no alternative; the pipes delivering water to residents were not fit even for irrigation. These tubes were built in 40-50’s, they have served over half a century, but the whole pipeline was destroyed by corrosion, there were holes in the pipe, because of it the dirt dumped into the drinking water and pipes; so it reached the residents in dirty condition. Residents were drinking this water, using it for various household purposes. They were realizing that it was dangerous for their health, however they had no other option, there is no other source of water in this village, and what if suddenly an epidemy would start?
The rural municipality did not have means to replace the water pipes. The villagers were ready to replace them on their own, however the experts pointed out that the area was such one that it was impossible to replace the whole pipeline only by the efforts of the residents. In other words, besides the pipes, as the water pipe passes through the mountains, there was a need for special equipment for carrying out the works. The lease of such equipment is quite expensive. The equipment is rented out on an hourly basis. This work could not be carried out without the help of sponsors. Diaconia Charitable Fund didn’t ignore the application and carried out a construction project. It was necessary to change the entire pipeline. As it was planned in the project, the men of the village were of a great help during the construction, providing labor, but the availability of the equipment also was important here as soil excavation works should have been done with an appropriate tractor.
Fortunately, neither the weather nor any other factor disturbed our works and we managed to move this equipment to the mountains, where the soil should have been excavated. As the result we had 432 m replaced pipes, 250 meters of which were the pipes falling into the reservoir, 180 m were pipes falling out the reservoir.
These were precisely the pipeline segments that were destroyed by corrosion and were damaged. Now, there isn’t any hole in the water pipes, therefore only clean water flows to the village Getik. The implementation of this project has greatly changed the lifestyle of the residents of Getik community providing them with clean drinking water, as well as contributing to the preservation of the health of entire village residents.
The construction of Alaverdi Medical Center
Tuberculosis treatment in Armenia is free of charge, but people need travel expenses in order to reach the only center of this disease treatment from different regions of Armenia, which is located in Abovyan town, Kotayk region.
The number of patients with tuberculosis is very high in Alaverdi, Lori region due to a high poverty level; however patients, majority of whom live in difficult social conditions, are unable to go to Abovyan town 200 kilometers away from Alaverdi and get treatment. The construction of such a center, the services of which could be used also by the residents of other towns and villages of the region, was a great need for the town. Diaconia Charitable Fund developed a construction plan for an appropriate medical center in Alaverdi. There was a building adjacent to the Alaverdi Medical Center, which was abandoned and did not meet the standards of such center, therefore it was necessary to repair it and create adequate sanitary-hygienic conditions. It required long time before the building got its final look, but it was due to the fact that the renovation of the building required a thorough and lengthy work and it was necessary to implement everything properly for keeping sanitary conditions. Initially dismantling works were carried out; the design of the building was also changed as the old building did not meet the standards. Tuberculosis Center has 3 patient rooms, 2 laboratories, a bathroom and a hallway. A new entrance was opened for the center, as it was designed by the initial program. In other words, there are two entrances, through one the sick person enters and gets a proper treatment, and a second from where a recovered patient leaves the hospital through the other entrance. The first task of the construction of tuberculosis treatment center was the problem of isolating the patient as much as possible from healthy people in order to prevent the spread of disease among healthy people. Now, the town has a tuberculosis treatment and prevention center, which will contribute to improving the health quality of the town and region residents. Tuberculosis-infected residents of the town and its surrounding villages get effective professional treatment, and preventive treatment will help to prevent the possible development of the disease.