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Five Artsakh Children Receive Assistance
for their Medical Treatment Outside Nagorno Karabakh

John Kchikian of the Armenian Children's Relief Fund
awarded prestigious Gratitude Medal

May 10, 2004

Washington, DC — The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic announced today that five more Artsakh children, whose medical conditions required treatments outside the republic, received benevolent assistance. This direct financial aid, made possible largely by a recent $10,000 grant from the Cafesjian Family Foundation and provided through the Armenian Children's Relief Fund, will be used to organize and finance medical treatment of these children outside Nagorno Karabakh.

A special committee has been created to oversee the proper distribution and use of the humanitarian assistance. The Committee on Implementation of Medical Assistance Projects (CIMAP) includes representatives of Ministries of Health, Social Security and Foreign Affairs, a local non-governmental organization, Motherhood, and a local liaison of the U.S.-based Americans for Artsakh organization.

CIMAP received and reviewed applications for financial assistance and, after scrupulous consideration, decided on the amount of financial aid to be provided. It also outlined financial reporting guidelines for recipient families. The five families agreed to use the funds exclusively for medical treatment and associated expenses and to report to the committee on the results.

The Armenian Children's Relief Fund, under the leadership of its founder and chairman John Kchikian, has provided over $300,000 in humanitarian assistance for reconstruction of schools, repair of drinking water mains, and as medical aid for dozens of veterans and children. In recognition of Mr. Kchikian's ongoing patriotic support of Artsakh, on April 7, 2004, the Artsakh-based Motherhood organization awarded him with its prestigious Gratitude Medal. Among past recipients of the award are NKR President Arkady Ghoukasian, former Armenian Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsian, and Baroness Caroline Cox.

Since 1998, the Cafesjian Family Foundation (CFF) has awarded more than $1.3 million in grant assistance to benefit Nagorno Karabakh, including the sponsorship of major infrastructure projects such as the Goris-Stepanakert and North-South highways. The grants also included some $80,000 for reconstruction of a major school in Stepanakert and $50,000 for landmine clearing efforts. Since 2001, the Foundation has sponsored the NKR Office, Artsakh's representation in the United States. In October 2003, President Ghoukasian met with CFF President and CEO Gerard L. Cafesjian to thank him again for his outstanding contribution to Artsakh's overall success.

"Artsakh is very lucky to have committed Armenians like Mr. Cafesjian and Mr. Kchikian on its side," said Nagorno Karabakh Representative Vardan Barseghian. "The needs are often greater than we can shoulder and we thank those who understand the importance of continued assistance to Artsakh. Only together can we achieve our common vision of a secure and prosperous Homeland."

The Office of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States is based in Washington, DC and works with the U.S. government, academia and the public representing the official policies and interests of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

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