The Public Television and the 'Living Artsakh' Foundation are launching the ‘100 Houses in Artsakh’ project. It is implemented in Dahrav village of Artsakh, Askeran region. Displaced families will live in the district to be built.
The first apartment in the new district will be built with Public funding. The commentators and journalists of the First Channel fill the foundations of the house. News commentator Ani Zakaryan is here with a vow to see Artsakh rebuilt.
“We came to rebuild Artsakh again, to see it even stronger. We want Artsakh to be rebuilt, to become stronger, because this desire in our hearts brought us here today,” says Ani Zakaryan, TV commentator.
The roads of the district and the foundations of the settlements are being built by the order of the Artsakh Government. Public buildings are also planned in the new settlement.
“The district will have 100 houses with 3 and 4 rooms, there will be plots of land for cultivation, and public buildings will include a school, a kindergarten, a park and other infrastructures,” says Vladimir Petrosyan, director of the engineering company.
For further construction, the First Channel expects the participation of partner organizations and all Armenians.
“It is not only necessary to transfer money. Of course it is also very important to raise funds, because it depends on how many houses will be built. However, we have fixed 100 houses in this area, 100 houses, a new residence for the displaced people of Artsakh who lost their homes,” says Hovhannes Movsisyan, Executive Director of the Public Television of Armenia.
The Ghazaryan family displaced from Taghavard will live in the first house to be built. They rent a house now.
“It is not possible to live on rent with three children. We want to be in our corner so we can live,” says Nune Ghazaryan, who is displaced.
Actor Sos Janibekyan, who hosts the ‘100 Houses in Artsakh’ TV project, got acquainted with the village of Dahrav and its inhabitants. He assures that the community is ready to host the settlers, only that it should be built at a fast pace.
“During the interviews, well, they are human, everyone can be asked, when you lost your home, did you think of leaving Armenia after that? Everyone has the same answer: no, we want to stay on our land, on the land of Artsakh,” Janibekyan says.
Each house requires AMD 10 million (about $20 000), it is about fast-assembled houses. Donations are made through the Living Artsakh Foundation. Hovhannes Movsisyan hopes that TV viewers will not only watch, but also participate in the project.
“Public TV does not do this as a PR tool, it is not intended for that. This is a project in which everyone's participation is very important, you should not only be a TV viewer, but you should participate in the project,” Movsisyan says.
The big team of the First Channel will take part in the project. They will come regularly to help the constructors.