We have chosen the below 18 unique Community Tree Planting sites for sponsorship in 2019. Scroll down to learn about them. Your gift will support site selection, training, tree planting, and monitoring of the site. In addition, we couple tree planting with environmental education in the community and local schools, so site sponsors will also support these complementary initiatives. Sponsorships range from $7,500 to $50,000, depending on site size and location, include a plaque indicating your sponsorship will be placed at the site.
Aknashen Village: Meet a Satisfied CTP Site Sponsor
Aznoian Family and Aknashen Village Leadership
Known for growing grapes since the early 19th Century, Aknashen has become a champion for producing mouthwatering plums, peaches, and apples. ATP has partnered with village leadership of Aknashen to design a program to help people thrive. Since then ATP has planted 4,668 trees in Aknashen including 8-10 fruit and nut trees given to each of the 450 families in the village. These trees are a source of food along with income for the families, helping them to move towards independence.
This work was sponsored by Mrs. Grace Aznoian and her family in memory of her husband Nicholas, one of ATP’s most ardent supporters.
FAMILIES RECEIVED 8-10 FRUIT & NUT TREES
“We knew about all of the good work ATP has been doing, and we knew my father Nick was a strong advocate for supporting the planting efforts. But we didn’t realize the scope of the project and how much of an impact is has on the lives of village families until we made this visit. The distribution of hundreds of fruit trees to the families is a major undertaking, and we know my father would have been proud of this effort.”
- Lynn Aznoian Kanayan following her visit and plaque dedication in 2018
In the coming year, ATP plans to plant another 150 trees in the community forest and 250 trees and shrubs around the local school. We will also expand the environmental education program in the village.
ATP began partnering with Goris School No. 6 in 2017. Before ATP began work here, the schoolyard was literally choked with wild blackberry and rose hip bushes making the yard almost inaccessible to the teachers and the children. Clearing and planting appropriate decorative and fruit trees and shrubs has given the children a place to play and grow. In addition to planting and caring for the trees, ATP continues to train teachers through the Environmental Education program.
Metsamor, in the Armavir province west of Yerevan, is a major energy center of Armenia, famous for being home to the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant. Dedicated to caring for the trees, the school has an irrigation system that reaches throughout the grounds. No wonder they have an impressive survival rate of the 696 trees and shrubs planted by ATP. The school recently had a big renovation. ATP is currently working with the students to landscape around the new buildings appropriately.
Arbes Health Center for Children with Special Needs was established in 1999. The Center serves children with neurological, mental, and psychological health problems, as well as developmental disorders like Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Children with special needs benefit greatly from time spent outdoors among the beautiful trees that decorate the grounds, and it isn’t difficult to convince them to go out into the fresh air. ATP has planted trees throughout the grounds and will continue to develop the green space and care for the tress to create a the best environment for the children to thrive.
In 2003, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) constructed 66 new homes for Armenian refugee families from Azerbaijan in the Silikian district of Yerevan. The Silikian district is situated near Vahakni on the road to Ashtarak. There are 214 refugees that reside there and are originally from Shahumyan and Baku, Azerbaijan. Their plight cost them everything forcing them jobless; even for the 10 percent who have university degrees. ATP provided each refugee family in Silikian with four fruit trees: two peach, one apricot, and one pear. The district also received roses and decorative thujas, which were planted in flowerbeds and between the houses.
Geghakert is a small village in the Armavir Province, just 35 minutes outside Yerevan. The village is best known for its 13th century Surp Harutyun or Holy Resurrection Church, as well as a memorial fountain dedicated to those who died in World War II. ATP has greened the church grounds and around the fountain which many parishioners gather around on Sunday after mass. The trees are both fruit and decorative and serve to feed the church administration and as a source of extra income. ATP is currently working with the village to distribute and plant more fruit trees in villagers' backyards helping them grow food to eat, store and sell.
Aram Manukian Military Training School located in the Nubarashen district of Yerevan contributes to the patriotic upbringing of male students from grades 6-9. Encompassing a rather large six acre territory located in a relatively dry area deprived of trees, ATP undertook the greening of the school after receiving a request from the school. Students spend most of their time outside during trainings and in their free time. The school has two seasonal gardeners who care for the grounds and contribute to the high survival rate of 90%.
Nerkin Khndzoresk is a border village founded in 1986 to strengthen the southeastern with Azerbaijan. Located in the most picturesque and historic Syunik region, it is one of the impoverished villages with little employment and largely reliant on crop growing, gardening and animal husbandry. ATP has supported this region by given thousands of trees to the 300 families within this village and throughout the school grounds. ATP is also implementing their Environmental Education programs.
The Khndzoresk Elementary School is located about 12 km away from Goris in one of the most magnificent and oldest settlements of Armenia, Khndzoresk Village. As a central part of the village, the school serves as the cultural center. To date, ATP has planted throughout the school grounds including a Genocide Memorial Park and 350 apple and pear trees. In addition to monitoring and caring for the trees, ATP is partnering with the school to engage the students in the ATP Environmental Education Programs.
Metsamor, a town in the Armavir province just 20 miles west of Yerevan, is home to the Metsamor Nuclear Power Plant. The Metsamor plant was heavily modernized and redeveloped between 2003 and 2015 and now generates a strategically important 40 percent of Armenia’s energy. Today the population of Metsamor is about 8,000. Being situated in the fertile Ararat plain, many of Metsamor’s citizens are involved in agriculture and even wine-making. ATP started greening the church territory in 2002, as part of the plantings to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of Armenia’s adoption of Christianity.
The mountainous village of Nor Kyank has severe winters and constant windstorms. The harsh climate of Nor Kyank limits the production of agricultural products to grains, potatoes, and cabbages. Many residents are affected by unemployment and resort to emigration, particularly to Russia, for seasonal work. ATP has planted in different parts of the village including the school, administration building, and memorial park. One of the biggest achievements was the establishment of a small community forest on the foothills of a mountain not far from the village. ATP will continue to work with the village to grow trees in villagers' backyards and strengthen the community forest.
Located in the Shirak region on the western slope of Mount Aragats, Maralik (meaning little deer) was once an active industrial town during the Soviet period. The vast majority of the people of Maralik are descendants of Western Armenians who arrived from Kars, Basen, Mush, and Karin provinces and founded the settlement in 1828. Many residents are engaged in farming, from grain growing to cattle breeding and bee keeping. The trees have been planted in different parts of the town under the guidance of Mayor Artak Gevorgyan, an avid nature lover. He sees the trees as a way to bind the community together around a common force.
A liberated territory also called “the road of life,” the town of Berdzor (Lachin) serves as a corridor between Armenia and Artsakh and is strategically vital for the preservation and protection of the Armenian Nation. ATP's projects in Berdzor include planting on public sites and at St. Ascension Church. ATP has also distributed fruit and nut trees to many village families. Continued work is needed for this village as the water pipelines were bombed during the conflict and haven't been fixed. Many use their drinking water to care for the trees and accounting for the high survival rate in this remote area. ATP's Environmental education programs are also used within the schools.
The Lighthouse Foundation is a shelter for over 100 neglected women and their children, providing them with a safe place to live and receive vocational training and guidance. Over the years, ATP has planted 2,350 fruit and decorative trees for the organization, as well as, within the local village. Sponsorship of this site would include plantings around the newly constructed "post-shelter", a building for families that are moving out of the shelter and into the next phase of their lives.
With a population of about 9,000, Sarukhan village (formerly Dalighardash) is one of the biggest communities in Gegharkunik region. It is located on the bank of Kukudzor Creek, on the eastern part of Lake Sevan, surrounded by the Geghama mountain chain. Over the years ATP has planted in the Sarukhan Community Forest as well as given fruit trees to families. The leaders of this village are passionate about the environment and their care has led to 95% survival rateof the trees; one of the highest ATP has seen. In addition to the Environmental Education programs taught in the schools, ATP will continue to plant in the forest and throughout the village.
As a historic village known for its fierce battles against Turks in the early 18th century, Halidzor is located in the Syunik region and known best for beautiful Tatev Monastery. ATP started cooperating with Halidzor in 2013, at the request of the village administration by giving 6-7 fruit trees to each of the 115 households in the village. ATP has also greened the Halidzor Aerial Tramway Station. The Station is made up of several plots which have fruit, decorative, and evergreen trees. In addition to caring and planting more trees, ATP will grow the Enviromental Education Programs within the schools.
Mosegyugh or Movses is a village in the Tavush province of Armenia, situated on the border with Azerbaijan. Due to the few jobs, many young people are forced to relocate to Russia or elsewhere for work. Many who remain are elderly and live off the fruits of the land. This very fertile region can grow many things. ATP has given 4-5 fruit tress to families throughout the village. Additionally, ATP will continue to green the town by planting at St. Astvatsatsin church and the culture house.
For over two decades, summer months have become the most joyful time for many orphaned and needy children around Armenia and Javakhk (Southern Georgia) thanks to Our Lady of Armenia Summer Camp, aka Tiramayr Hayastani camp. ATP has provided more than 4,000 fruit and decorative trees and shrubs. These tree and edible shrubs supply fruits for the children to enjoy. They are also made into all kinds of sweets, jams, and dried fruit. The Camp also uses ATP's Environmental Education and is launching the “Forest as an Ecosystem” Program this coming summer.
As one of the densely populated districts of Yerevan with an abundance of concrete multi story buildings, Malatia-Sebastia is noticeably warmer than other areas of the capital. This school is one of the largest in the area. ATP started planting on the grounds of the school in 1996 and later helping develop their Environmental Programs. Students grow plants from seed and learn how to identify the species. More planting around the school is needed to help give schools shade and play areas.