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Counterpart Helps Improve Sanitary and Hygiene Situation at ‘Olympus’ Educational Complex by Renovating the Laundry and Ironing Room

Arlington, VA, June 25, 2009 --( Ambassador Marie L., Yovanovitch, of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia and Gerald Oberndorfer, Director of Humanitarian Programs, U.S. Department of State cut the ribbon opening the newly reconstructed laundry at Olympus Educational Complex in Nork on May 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM. Counterpart International’s Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) in Armenia implemented the project that has improved hygiene and sanitary conditions of the laundry at the educational complex for children suffering from movement disorders. The project was initiated in response to an application from Counterpart International’s Community & Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP) in Armenia under U.S. Department of State “Small Reconstruction Project’s” initiative.

Counterpart’s CHAP has partnered with the school since 2002 delivering furniture and various necessary items, such as blankets, bedding, sheets, pillowcases, etc, according to their needs. Overall, the value of the donated assistance reaches at about $80 thousand including a recent 40 ft container with beddings and furniture.

The Small Reconstruction Projects was another logical step in this partnership implemented by Counterpart’s CHAP in close cooperation with school management. Under the project the old windows were replaced by new metal plastic ones, new doors were installed; floor and walls evened and tiled; a new water supply canal assembled; ceiling and walls covered with latex paint, and the electricity system repaired.

LDS charities contributed to the project through provision of furniture and all necessary equipment (washing machines and an ironing machine). Latter-day Saint Charities (LDSC) is the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquarters in Salt lake City, Utah, USA and provides HA in many countries in the world. LDS was registered in Armenia since 1988 and provides services in education, promotion and health spheres. Counterpart started collaboration with LDS Charities from the beginning of its activities in Armenia. LDS is one of the most valuable partner and donor organizations for Counterpart. One of the highlighted events of successful cooperation with LDS Charities was the donation and distribution of 500 wheelchairs to disabled people in Armenia.

“The Renovation of the school laundry and ironing room is of a great assistance to the school as it not only guarantees improvement in the overall sanitary and hygiene condition but also serve as a great example of kindness, compassion and goodwill. On behalf of our administration, staff and children I would like to express our gratitude to all those kind people who have their contribution in the implementation of this project” says Vahram Grigoryan, the director of the complex.

‘Olympus’ Educational Complex is located in Nork area of Yerevan and has approximately 50 years of history. The complex offers both educational and special-educational classes, which are held for children suffering from movement disorders (mostly scoliosis) within integrated and special educational classes. The school operates 24 hours per day and the dormitory is currently housing 85 children with special-educational needs both from Yerevan and other Marzes of Armenia.

However, in order to secure the normal functioning of the complex and ensure the overall hygiene and sanitary condition at the school, there was an urging need for serious reconstruction works with the number one priority spot being the laundry, which was in terrible condition and required complete renovation.

CHAP operates in Armenia since 1995. From its commencement until present, the program has assisted more than 2.5 million needy Armenians. Through its network of 477 partner organizations, CHAP imported and distributed humanitarian assistance to Armenia valued at over $30 million.

For 43 years, Counterpart has given people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships, offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development.

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