Sunday, September 02, 2007

$300 Raised for the Farming Equipment Loan Fund

I received a pledge from one of our readers in Glendale for $100. This brings us up to $300, which is 10% of what we need to secure a loan for the Village of Haygazyan to purchase a tractor so they will not have to depend on renting one to cultivate their land.

The person who pledged the $100 asked the question of why this will be a loan and not a gift?

When we went to Haygazyan in the winter, Armen the mayor, who was one of the freedom fighters who liberated Southern Kashatagh, objected to our wanting to pass out money to the families under his governorship.

He said that up until that time, Haygazyan had not received any real assistance from the government or Disapora and he didn’t want those who remained to become dependent on handouts as that type of aid only promotes laziness and reduces ones motivation to work hard to take care of ones family.

At that time Armen convinced me that instead of giving money to the families, we give them small electrical generators so they will be able to light their houses at night, listen to the radio and charge their cell phones (for those who were able to afford to have such a luxury). We attempted to do this, but due the us not being able to find 16 generators, we reverted to go back to the original plan and gave money.

At the same time and as a compromise for us passing out cash that would most probably be gone in no time, I promised to help promote non-depended economic development, which means that we help them get on their feet, but not with a hand-out, but with investors or low/no-interest loans so they could develop their natural resources so they would be able to profit from them and have an incentive to stay on their land.

So once again, for the next 10 days I will be beating the participation drum, not because I don’t have the money myself to loan to Haygazyan, but because this is a form of giving an opportunity to those who last year took the time to sign the petition written to the government demanding change and the government responded with the change we asked for. Now I would hope that those who signed that petition will literally put their money where their mouth is and participate in developing Kashatagh so that next, time if there is a problem with what we complained about in our petition, the people living in Kashatagh who should be economically secure, can resolve those issues with their own powerful voice, the voice of those who pay taxes and the salaries of the ones serving in government.

Okay, for those of you who agree with what is written above, take the time to bring us closer to our goal of $3,000, which will be used to provide a no-interest loan to the very deserving villages of Haygazyan and bring them one step closer to being economically stronger than they are today.

There are two ways to make your tax-deductible donation. The first and quickest is by clicking on the donation button below.

The second way is to send your tax-deductible donation, payable to:
The Shahan Natalie Family Foundation, Inc.
3727 West Magnolia Blvd., Suite 215
Burbank, CA 91505 USA

As always, our program, which we would love for you to be a part of, will be documented on video and most probably will be televised, at very least, on Artsakh Television and YouTube. It will also hopefully be picked up by some other stations around the world.

Please forward this message on to everyone you know.

The more people that participate in economic development of Kashatagh, the sooner the suffering of our brothers and sisters there will stop and the stronger our hold will be on this strategic territory which we spilled blood and gave lives to liberate. It is also the life-line that connects Artsakh with Armenia.

A healthy Kashatagh means a a healthy and secure Artsakh.

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