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Social justice in Armenia and resettlement in Karabagh.
Our work in Armenia began in 1998. We work hand-in-hand with local Armenians - both groups and individuals - delivering projects that can grow, mature and eventually be spun off to larger benefactors or else become self-sustaining. We have completed more than 50 projects in Armenia to combat poverty, promote education, protect the natural environment and renew national, civic, cultural and religious values.
In 2003, we turned our attention to Nagorno-Karabagh, where a hard-fought war had killed thousands and displaced many more. The region’s borderlands, which serve as Karabagh’s primary link to Armenia, were left especially vulnerable. So, we began to promote resettlement, infrastructure, health care and other development work to repopulate these areas, giving local communities a stake in building a future on these lands.
Tufenkian Foundation has financed local NGOs and closely managed projects which empowered social activist groups such as consumer union, citizens’ rights, soldiers’ rights, environmental activism. By far the largest project has been Zangakadun Social Services NGO working in Yerevan, Vanadzor and Medzamor, dealing with Armenia’s most vulnerable social strata –individuals and families who are so poor that they have become marginalized.