21 Oct, 2021
Armenia Tree Project (ATP) has developed a social and economic rehabilitation
program for villagers from the hard-hit areas of Martuni and Askeran in Artsakh.
As a result of the war, some families lost access to arable farmland. Today, much of
Artsakh’s food is imported from Armenia and is expensive. To address these problems,
ATP will construct small greenhouses (30 square meters) in the backyards of 50
families in the coming months. Additionally, it will establish a nursery in Stepanakert.
50 families in Artsakh will receive tools, training, and vegetable seeds to grow food
they can consume or sell as necessary through the greenhouse project. ATP’s partner,
Green Lane NGO, will assist in training beneficiaries in greenhouse management,
producing high value crops, and preparing produce for sale.
Residents and newly resettled villagers in places such as Herher, Taghvard, Karmir
Shuka, Chartar and Askeran suffered immense losses during the war. This program will
provide some economic stability and, most importantly, hope for their future.
Additionally, each family will receive fruit trees from ATP along with instructions on how
to care for the seedlings.
In addition to Green Lane NGO, ATP has benefited from partnership with students at
the American University of Armenia and Worcester Polytechnic Institute who
collaborated with ATP last semester to design a small, sturdy greenhouse which can
easily be constructed and maintained using locally available, affordable materials.
In addition to the greenhouse program, ATP is establishing a nursery in Stepanakert;
an important project that expands ATP’s Community Tree Planting program in Artsakh.
The nursery will produce 20-30 thousand seedlings each year, helping restore the
post-war effect on Artsakh’s wildlife and nature, and providing fruit trees to local
residents. ATP will hire Artsakh residents and train them to become specialists in
maintaining the nursery. Additionally, ATP will build a much-needed irrigation system
and help provide fresh water.
Since 1994, ATP has been using trees to improve the standard of living in Armenia,
focusing on aiding those with the fewest resources. This important project continues
ATP’s mission, and it is our duty to continue helping our brothers and sisters in Artsakh.
To donate, please visit www.ArmeniaTreeProject.org/en/donation and note ‘Artsakh
Projects’ in the Comment Box.