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Aurora Announces the 5th Round of Support for Artsakh Projects

20-01-2022, 15:35 Armenia » Public
20 January 2022, 15:35 - NovostiNK
Aurora Announces the 5th Round of Support for Artsakh Projects

25% of the 2021 Aurora Prize award funds and a matching $250,000 contribution from Co-Founders will be directed to addressing urgent humanitarian issues in the region

January 20, 2022 – Yerevan, Armenia – The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative declared a new round of support for the projects in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) that help the people facing a grave humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of the 2020 war. Following the adjustment announced last year, 2021 Aurora Prize Laureate Julienne Lusenge has selected 13 projects that will receive the Prize funds and use them to alleviate the acute needs of the local population. Overall, with the Aurora Co-Founders’ matching contribution, Aurora will allocate $500,000 to the projects in Artsakh in this stage.

The sixth annual Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity was awarded to Julienne Lusenge, a human rights defender helping the victims of wartime sexual violence, on October 9, 2021, at the Ceremony organized on the San Lazzaro Island in Venice, Italy. Thanks to the funds she has decided to allocate and to the generous contribution from the Co-Founders, Aurora will be able to support thirteen projects in Artsakh focused on healthcare (6 projects), education, culture, and sports (3 projects), social development (2 projects), humanitarian aid (1 project), and restoration (1 project).

Below you can find the full list of projects to be supported by Julienne Lusenge and Aurora:

1. Orthopedic surgeries in Artsakh (Travelling Doctors of Armenia NGO)
2. Development of the only orthotic center in Artsakh (Ortholab LLC)
3. Hand in Hand Dental Center (Hand in Hand Dental Charity Organization)
4. Hanganak Elder Clinic. Support for the expansion of the program and emergency housing in Stepanakert (Armenian Women’s Welfare Association, Inc. (AWWA))
5. New school for the displaced children in Dahrav, Askeran (Aprelu Artsakh (Artsakh to Live) Foundation)
6. Development project for the rural communities of Artsakh (Revived Motherland NGO)
7. Waste to Warmth. A Social Enterprise for Eco-Friendly Fuel Alternatives in Border Communities in Armenia (Near East Foundation)
8. Renovation and Expansion of Machkalashen School (Tufenkian Charitable Foundation)
9. Supporting the provision of healthcare services on breast, thyroid, and cervical cancer prevention for the population of border regions (Armenian-American Wellness Center)
10. Give a Step, Give an Opportunity. Supporting the acquisition of a stand-bed and 10 "Qaylaber" digital devices to monitor the rehabilitation of people with disabilities (QaylTech LLC)
11. Digital Artsakh. Supporting the empowerment of young people in village communities of Artsakh (“I” Educational Foundation)
12. Knowledge-Based Agriculture Is the Future of Intensive Agriculture. Educational trainings on the cultivation of greenhouse crops (Education for Future NGO)
13. Doctors for Artsakh. Supporting the organization of working trips of doctors to provide medical services to people in Artsakh (Armenian Relief Fund)

“Where there is war, where there is conflict, there is always human suffering. But the Armenian people have proven that even in suffering, one can find inspiration to help others going through a similar experience. I’m very grateful for the honor of being named the 2021 Aurora Prize Laureate and excited about the opportunity to support the people of Artsakh who have suffered because of the war,” said Julienne Lusenge, co-founder of Women's Solidarity for Inclusive Peace and Development (SOFEPADI) and Fund for Congolese Women (FFC).

On December 12, 2021, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and UN Armenia organized a Christmas Market in Yerevan, Armenia. All proceeds from the event, around $25,000, is directed to the projects helping displaced people in Armenia, with Aurora using the money to ensure food security for displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh. Socially vulnerable families will be provided with food (potatoes, cabbage, cheese, etc.) for consumption during the winter season. In addition, those interested in cultivating potatoes will be given seeds originating from the Gavar region, famous for its high-quality potato crops. This initiative is expected to benefit over 3,200 people and the project will be implemented by the Azhdahak Social and Environmental Center NGO.

Since the launch of the humanitarian program for Artsakh, Aurora has already allocated more than $1,740,000 to support 80 projects in Artsakh implemented by both local and international partners and helped 131,000 people in the region. Overall, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative has benefitted over 2,600,000 people worldwide.
However, there is more work to be done, and for that, the movement must grow further in size, scope, and reach. In order to make a difference and join Aurora’s vision of a better future, created by our imagination and shared humanity, please support the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative by making a donation here.

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About the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is a foundation that seeks to address on-the-ground humanitarian challenges around the world with the focus on helping the most destitute. Its mission is rooted in the Armenian history as the Initiative was founded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors and strives to transform this experience into a global movement.

All Aurora’s activities are based on the universal concept of Gratitude in Action. It implies that countless people around the world who have received aid in time of crisis can best express their gratitude by offering similar assistance to someone else. By involving Aurora supporters around the world, this will become a global endeavor that will snowball to expand the circle of saviors and most importantly – the number of those saved.

Addressing urgent humanitarian challenges, the Initiative provides a second chance to those who need it the most. True to its vision – “We believe that even in the darkest times, a brighter future is in the hands of those who are committed to giving others help and hope” – Aurora welcomes all who embrace this philosophy.

This commitment aims to promote action-based philanthropy focused on tangible results. This is achieved through the Initiative’s various programs: Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, Aurora for Artsakh, #AraratChallenge movement, Aurora Dialogues, Aurora Grants, Aurora Community, Aurora Index, and the 100 LIVES Initiative.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is the vision of philanthropists Vartan Gregorian, Noubar Afeyan and Ruben Vardanyan who have been joined by thousands of supporters and partners. Aurora’s Chair, Dr. Tom Catena, draws on his experience as a surgeon, veteran, humanitarian and the 2017 Aurora Prize laureate to spread the message of Gratitude in Action to a global audience.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative is represented by three organizations – the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Foundation, Inc. (USA), the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Foundation (Switzerland) and the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Charitable Foundation (Armenia).

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