08 Oct, 2020
Empowering the ATP Community; Rooting for Our Homeland
Presently, Armenia is enduring a crisis as great as that experienced 25 years ago after the earthquake. The worldwide pandemic from COVID-19 has had a serious impact on Armenia. In addition, the attacks on the border villages Aygebar, Berd, Chinari, Movses, and Nerkin Karmiraghpyur and the economic instability pose unique challenges to our agricultural employees and to our programs in Armenia.
Thankfully, over these past months, with your continued support Armenia Tree Project’s (ATP) infrastructure in Armenia has been able to serve as a safety net for many villages. These events, however, have led us to reimagine how we can best serve Armenia’s sustainability.
As you know, the long-term vision of ATP has been and continues to be to empower Armenia’s population with the right tools to be self-sustaining. In order to fulfill this vision, we have begun the process of transitioning our operations to Armenia.
Over the past few years our country has become a hub of new opportunities with bright talented individuals who are ready to bring these opportunities into fruition. We focus our work on finding synergies between people and the planet that will impact the long-term sustainability of Armenia’s land and environment. ATP’s advanced planting techniques have enabled us to be a center of excellence and model within the country.
With the generous aid of supporters like you, we have been able to continue our operations, employ our full-time staff of 70 in Armenia, and initiate new programs to continue our mission. ATP will plant more trees in 2020 than it has in any previous year since 1994. Here are some other highlights from this past year:
The spring season of 2020 showed us the vital importance of the economic opportunities that ATP provides for families. As family incomes dropped due to loss of jobs, ATP managed hundreds of calls from locals requesting to help with spring planting. ATP plans to hire hundreds of local temporary workers in the fall season as well.
Community Tree Planting (CTP):
ATP’s three nurseries in Karin, Khachpar and Chiva villages continued to produce trees for CTP.
Willow Tree Project with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Environment:
We partnered with the Ministry of Environment with a planting project designed to alleviate financial hardship brought on by the pandemic.
During this pandemic, ATP’s environmental education program shifted to remote learning. The team prepared and released free at-home lessons via social media and email to its large network of students, parents, educators, partners and supporters every week since the lockdown began, and will continue to do so in the fall.
Now more than ever, we are relying on your generous donations to continue our success and to support ATP operations in Armenia. Armenia’s ambitious goal to double its forest cover by the year 2050 can only be achieved through ATP’s expertise, but most importantly, by your dedication to our mission and vision to protect Armenia’s environment. Please use the attached envelope to make your contribution.
ATP Executive Committee,
Julia Mirak Kew