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SOS Culture in Akhtala

5 April 2013

On 22 February a new community centre was opened in Akhtala, Lori region, within the framework of the EU-funded “SOS Culture” project. The project was launched in 2012 by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) as part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
The opening ceremony began with the placing of the first stone of the construction of a new medical centre in Akhtala. Afterwards, everyone gathered in front of the community centre, to which the SOS Culture project team have moved, to listen to welcoming speech by the mayor of Akhtala, Haykaz Khachikyan.
Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan, Director of USAID/Armenia Mission Karen R. Hillard, Chief of Party of Counterpart International Atmenia Carel Hofstra, Director of FPWC Barbara Siebert, and the SOS Culture project team were among the guests.

Siebert stated that being a visible part of the community was of great importance as it underlined that the work done by the young members of the centre was a contribution to the improvement of living conditions for all inhabitants of Akhtala: ‘By being part of this centre, the SOS Culture Youth Club members also have direct access to the mayor and the municipal administration, which hopefully will create synergies and result in the long-term sustainability of the SOS Culture project.’

The Akhtala community is actively involved in local development issues; the community centre will offer a space where existing projects can continue and new ones can be implemented.
The overall EU contribution to the SOS Culture project has amounted to €492,754. The objective of the project is to register and preserve endangered cultural assets in the remote border regions of Armenia and Georgia, involving local citizen populations. Local communities’ participation will promote economic, social and cultural development.

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SOS Culture in Akhtala

On 22 February a new community centre was opened in Akhtala, Lori region, within the framework of the EU-funded “SOS Culture” project. The project was launched in 2012 by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) as part of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme. The opening ceremony began with the placing of the first stone of the construction of a new medical centre in Akhtala. Afterwards, everyone gathered in front of the community centre, to which the SOS Culture project team have moved, to listen to welcoming speech by the mayor of Akhtala, Haykaz Khachikyan. Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Armen Gevorgyan, Director of USAID/Armenia Mission Karen R. Hillard, Chief of Party of Counterpart International Atmenia Carel Hofstra, Director of FPWC Barbara Siebert, and the SOS Culture project team were among the guests. Siebert stated that being a visible part of the community was of great importance as it underlined that the work done by the young members of the centre was a contribution to the improvement of living conditions for all inhabitants of Akhtala: ‘By being part of this centre, the SOS Culture Youth Club members also have direct access to the mayor and the municipal administration, which hopefully will create synergies and result in the long-term sustainability of the SOS Culture project.’ The Akhtala community is actively involved in local development issues; the community centre will offer a space where existing projects can continue and new ones can be implemented. The overall EU contribution to the SOS Culture project has amounted to €492,754. The objective of the project is to register and preserve endangered cultural assets in the remote border regions of Armenia and Georgia, involving local citizen populations. Local communities’ participation will promote economic, social and cultural development. www.sosculture.eu