One Thousand Trees - Lusakn (Completed in 2017)

This is the seventh of our One Thousand Trees Project! This project is located in Lusakn village in the Aragatsotn Marz.

In order to help the environment, the foundation is planting one thousand trees in every village in the eastern part of Armenia, where the landscape is barren.

Please note that these parts of Armenia are not only barren, they are also full of rocks. By clearing rocks (and building walls with the cleared rocks) and planting trees and alfalfa, the soil becomes very fertile.

This project provides shade, oxygen, and beauty to the land, and strengthens the soil. We plant trees at the entrance of the village, and inside the village. 


Tatul Drinking Water Project (Completed in 2017)

The village of Tatul is located in the Aragatsotn Marz in Armenia. The project’s goal is to raise living standards and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community’s socio-economic standards.

The project is to renovate/re-construct a pipeline to bring drinking water to the village.


Lernavan Irrigation Water Project (Completed in 2017)

The village of Lernavan is located in Lori Marz in Armenia. The project’s goal is to raise living standards and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community’s socio-economic standards.

The project is to renovate/re-construct a pipeline to bring irrigation water to the village.


Tsaghkashen Irrigation Water Project(Completed in 2017)

The village of Tsaghkashen is located in Aragatsotn Marz in Armenia. The project’s goal is to raise the living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community’s socio-economic standards.

The project has 2 goals:

A)     To construct the major segment of the internal irrigation network, which is approximately 1.5 km.

B)      The construction of 700 metres of pipeline to irrigate 60 hectares of land close to the community. 


T’tujur Community Development Project – Phase 3 (Completed in 2017)

This is the 3rd and final phase of this project, undertaken with the goal of poverty reduction. T’tujur is located in the Jambarak area on the northeastern side of lake Sevan, in Gegharkunik Marz in Armenia

The project’s goal is to raise living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community’s socio-economic standards.

The following are goals of the phase 3 project, in broad form:

A)     Completion of the kindergarten renovation

B)      Restoration of the football pitch and volleyball court

C)      Provision of sports equipment for the school

D)     Trainings in building a co-operative and trainings for operating agricultural and processing machinery. 


Ttujur Community Development Project - Phase 2 (Completed in 2016)

This is Phase 2 of a 3-phase project, undertaken with the goal of poverty reduction.

Ttujur is located in the Jambarak area on the northeastern side of Lake Sevan, in Gegharkunik Marz (province). 

The project goal is to raise living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community's socio economic standards.

Phase 2 has 6 objectives, 2 of which are fully contributed by the community, and the remainder 4 objectives will be mainly supported by the Foundation, with community contribution. 

The following is a reproduction of the Phase 2 project in broad form:

A. Amelioration of 170 hectares of land

B. Purchase of agricultural equipment

C. Partial Renovation of local kindergarten

D. Training


Shaghat Community Development Project - Phase 2 (Completed in 2016)

 Constructing the water pipeline in Shaghat, 2016

Constructing the water pipeline in Shaghat, 2016

Shaghat is located near Sissian, in the Syunik Marz.  

The project goal is to raise living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community's socio economic standards.

Phase 2 has 5 objectives, supported by the foundation with community contribution, reproduced here in broad form:

A. Reconstruction of 4 drinking water catchments and installation of valves

B.   Purchase of combine

C.   Construction of cooling facility

D.   Construction of school playground

E. Construction of community soccer field

F.   Training in agriculture and entrepreneurship with the M4P (Markets for Poor) methodology

G. Repair local medical center


One Thousand Trees - Akunk Village (Completed in 2016)

This is the sixth of our One Thousand Trees Project.  This project is located in Akunk Village in the Kotayk province.

In order to help the environment, the foundation is planting one thousand trees in every village in the eastern part of Armenia, where the landscape is barren.

Please note that these parts of Armenia are not only barren, they are also full of rocks. By clearing rocks (and building walls with the cleared rocks) and planting trees and alfalfa, the soil becomes very fertile.

This project provides shade, oxygen, and beauty to the land, and strengthens the soil. We plant trees at the entrance of the village, and inside the village.  


Armaveni's Stand Tall Program (Completed in 2016)

This project supports the Armaveni Charitable Foundation’s Stand Tall program. It makes advanced orthopedic treatment accessible for children and youth from low-income families to help them overcome their disabilities, and live complete and improved lives. For further information, please visit armaveni.am.


Ttujur Community Development Project - Phase 1 (Completed in 2015)

This is Phase 1 of a 3 phase project, undertaken with the objective of poverty reduction.

Ttujur is located in the Jambarak area on the northeastern side of Lake Sevan, in the Gegharkunik Marz (province). 

The project goal is to raise living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community's socio economic standards.

Phase 1 of the project comprises of, in broad form:

a) Amelioration of 100 hectares of land for agriculture

b) Construction of covered parking lot for agricultural equipment

c) Purchase of agricultural equipment

d) Trainings in agriculture and entrepreneurship with the M4P (Markets for Poor) framework


Shaghat Community Development Project - Phase 1 (Completed in 2015)

This is Phase 1 of a 3 phase project, undertaken with the objective of poverty reduction.

Shaghat is located near Sissian, in the Syunik Marz.

The project goal is to raise living standards, and move the population from subsistence farming to farming for profit, in order to increase the community's socio economic standards.

Phase 1 of the project comprises of, in broad form:

a) Construction and rehabilitation of irrigation water

b) Training in agriculture and entrepreneurship with the M4P (Markets for Poor) methodology


One Thousand Trees - Arakadz Village (Completed in 2015)

This is the fifth of our One Thousand Trees Project, located in Arakadz Village in the Aragatsotn province.

In order to help the environment, the foundation is planting one thousand trees in every village in the eastern part of Armenia, where the landscape is barren.

Please note that these parts of Armenia are not only barren, they are also full of rocks. By clearing rocks (and building walls with the cleared rocks) and planting trees and alfalfa, the soil becomes very fertile.

This project provides shade, oxygen, and beauty to the land, and strengthens the soil. We plant trees at the entrance of the village, and inside the village. 

We have implemented this project in 5 villages so far, with the help of local residents: Apna Village, Hartavan and Vartaplur villages, and Nor Yedessia village, and Kuchak village.


Markets 4 the Poor (M4P) Horticulture Project (Completed in 2015)


 Koti and Voskevan - Phase 3 (Completed in 2015)

This project, known as M4P, Markets for the Poor, is conducted in a cluster of villages, namely Voskepar, Baghanis, Voskevan and Koti villages, which are situated in the north eastern part of Armenia in the province of Tavush. The communities mainly engage in agriculture, but due to a lack of modernized farming techniques and marketing skills, the profit from their agriculture is very limited. This project will provide farmers with up-to-date knowledge and skills on farming techniques and agricultural technologies, as well as marketing. As is the case with all of our projects, this project is in partnership with the population of those villages, who provide sweat equity and labour.


One Thousand Trees - Kuchak Village (Completed in 2014)

This is the fourth of our One Thousand Trees Project, located in Kuchak Village in the Aragatsotn province. In order to help the environment, the foundation planted one thousand trees in every village in the eastern part of Armenia, where the landscape is barren. These parts of Armenia are not only barren, they are also full of rocks. By clearing rocks (and building walls with the cleared rocks) and planting trees and alfalfa, the soil becomes very fertile.

This project provided shade, oxygen, and beauty to the land, and strengthened the soil. We planted trees at the entrance of the village, and inside the village. 


Baghanis Irrigation Water Project (Completed in 2014)

This project provided irrigation water to the village of Baghanis in the Tavush region. The village has 940 residents across 18 hectares of vineyards and 54 hectares of family orchards. Since independence, the village had been faced with drinking and irrigation water shortages.  As a result of our project, every vineyard and homestead orchard is now equipped with the irrigation water necessary for growing agriculture for both their own consumption and to sell in the local market, increasing household income and relieving social tension.

This project addressed the lack of both irrigation and drinking water, since villagers were relying on their precious drinking water for both purposes. As is the case with all of our projects, this project was undertaken in partnership with villagers who provide sweat equity and labour.


Voskevan Irrigation Water Project (Completed in 2013)

Voskevan village has approximately 1,500 inhabitants, most of whom work in land cultivation and animal husbandry. As a result of our project, homestead orchards were fully equipped with irrigation water and the population became capable of cultivating agriculture for both their own consumption and for sale in the local market. This enabled them to increase their household income and relieve social tension. In addition to solving the lack of irrigation water, this project also addressed a lack of drinking water since in the past villagers were forced to use precious drinkingwater for both purposes.

This project was realized with the help of the population of Voskevan village, who contributed to the project financially and with sweat equity.


Daniel Ghazarian School and Music Academy Support Program         (Annual since 2012)

 Joe Yalkezian with a Daniel Ghazarian student whose scholarship was sponsored by the Yalkezian Foundation.

Joe Yalkezian with a Daniel Ghazarian student whose scholarship was sponsored by the Yalkezian Foundation.

Daniel Ghazarian School is a private school for grades 1 through 12, located in the town of Shushi in Nagorno Karabakh. The school teaches all of the required academic subjects in the morning hours of the day and then after lunch it focuses on teaching a musical instrument to every student. The school also provides both breakfast and lunch to the students, the lunch being, for some of the students, the only warm meal that they have in a day.

The foundation employs an ongoing project with the school, and in 2012/2013 we paid for the school’s annual food and heating expenses and provided scholarships to students who excel in music and academics. This project is strongly supported by both the Armenian Association of Toronto, as well as Fidelity Investments Canada.


Markets for the Poor (M4P) Horticulture Projects (Completed in 2013)

Koti-Voskevan Region (Phases 1 and 2)

This project, known as M4P, Markets for the Poor, is conducted in a cluster of villages, namely Voskepar, Baghanis, Voskevan and Koti villages, which are situated in the north eastern part of Armenia in the province of Tavush. The communities mainly engaged in agriculture, but due to a lack of modernized farming techniques and marketing skills, the revenues from their agriculture were limited. This project provided farmers with modern knowledge and skills on farming techniques and agricultural technologies, as well as marketing. It also provided for the construction of a market on a central road within this cluster of villages, where farmers can sell their produce to locals and visitors passing through. As is the case with all of our projects, this too was in partnership with the villagers who donated their sweat equity.


Koti Irrigation Water Project (Completed in 2012)

The village of Koti is situated in the north eastern part of Armenia in the province of Tavush. The community was mainly engaged in agriculture, but due to a lack of irrigation and drinking water, its agricultural output was unsatisfying. The villagers who were lucky enough to have precious drinking water used it for irrigation. This project provided irrigation water to every family in the village, making it easier to grow food for themselves and to sell. Included in this project was the construction of a store and information center for villagers to learn more about modern farming and pest control. This is a project in partnership with the population of Koti village, who donated their sweat equity.

 With Shen's help, money from the Yalkezian Foundation also went towards building a small shop for farmers to read and learn information about modern farming techniques and the pests they should protect their crops from. It sells pesticides and provides recipes for milder homemade pesticides.

With Shen's help, money from the Yalkezian Foundation also went towards building a small shop for farmers to read and learn information about modern farming techniques and the pests they should protect their crops from. It sells pesticides and provides recipes for milder homemade pesticides.


One Thousand Trees Project (Completed 2011, 2012, 2013)

In order to help the environment, the foundation is planting one thousand trees in every village in the eastern part of Armenia, where the landscape is barren. Please note that these parts of Armenia are not only barren, they are also full of rocks. By clearing rocks (and building walls with the cleared rocks) and planting trees and alfalfa, the soil becomes very fertile.

Our project provides shade, oxygen, and beauty to the land, and strengthens the soil. We plant trees at the entrance of the villages, and inside the villages. We have so far implemented this project in 3 villages, with the help of local residents: Apna Village, Hartavan and Vartaplur villages, and Nor Yedessia village.

 A row of small saplings planted at the entrance to Pambak village.

A row of small saplings planted at the entrance to Pambak village.


Pambak Village Projects (Completed 2009-2011)

Water and Sewer Project, Phase 1 and 2

This project provided a water and sewer system to the village of Pambak in Gegharkunik region in Armenia. Pambak is a village of 600 inhabitants, located on the eastern shore of Lake Sevan. This project was accomplished with the help of Shen, a non-governmental organization in Armenia, and the sweat equity of the population of Pambak. The villagers are mainly refugees from the 1991-94 war. They left all of their possessions behind in the war and came to Pambak. We are pleased to say that the project has enhanced the living conditions of the village, which did not have running water since the soviet period.

Kindergarten Project

This project reconstructed and renovated a preschool and kindergarten for the children of Pambak. It was built out of a currently unused part of the Pambak School building. This project was sponsored by Vahram and Sonia Pirjanian, and utilized the sweat equity of the population of Pambak.

The village has over 50 children between the ages of 3 and 5, and most mothers stay at home taking care of them. By opening up a preschool, these children are taken care of during the day while their mothers have time for jobs. Today in several regions of Armenia women involved in agricultural work earn as much as men, therefore a family’s income could be doubled. The funds for this projects went towards piping and a sewage system, an indoor playground, kitchen and dining furniture and beds for the children's nap time.

School and Kindergarten Playground

The foundation built playgrounds for both the school and kindergarten with clean washrooms alongside them. They were constructed out of two separate unused lots that stand on either side of the school building.

Community Centre Project

This project constructed stairs leading up to the community hall, with landscaping around the hall and the installation of bathrooms for the community hall and medical centre of the village.

Village Square Project

This project improved the village square, which was completely barren, in order to improve the overall conditions of the village. This project was the first in a series of major infrastructure construction around the village, and a follow-up to the water and sewer project.

School Heating Project

This project was sponsored by the members of the Armenian Association of Toronto. This project provided electrical heaters for all of the classrooms of the Pambak Village Public School. Until roughly two years ago, the school burned wood for heat, before switching to a gas heating system. However, in our visits to the school we've seen children wearing their coats inside the classroom during the month of November to stay warm! So we developed a project which provided electrical heaters to every classroom.