On March 5, members of the Bright Border voluntary initiative visited the bordering Chinari village of Tavush Province.
The purpose of the visit was to install energy-saving, energy-efficient LED lamps in the homes of villagers. The members of the initiative had a meeting with the locals and installed the lamps in their homes.
During today’s press conference, the speakers, including RA Deputy Minister of Energetic Infrastructures and Natural Resources Haik Harutyunyan, President of the Young Engineers Association NGO, coordinator of the Bright Border Project Hovhannes Karapetyan and Director of Shtigen Company, coordinator of the Bright Border Project Haik Shekyan provided details about the initiative, the work that had been done and the future plans.
RA Deputy Minister of Energetic Infrastructures and Natural Resources Haik Harutyunyan stated that this was quite a positive initiative since it will help mitigate the worries of the residents of the bordering village, especially in terms of payment of electricity bills.
“Currently, we have raised AMD 21,008,998 and have used the donations to purchase 8,000 LED lamps. It is safe to say that several families are already saving AMD 4,000 for electricity every month. The lamps can be used for about ten years, but there is a three-year guarantee,” the Deputy Minister said, adding that there is still a lot of work to do, yet didn’t go into detail.
President of the Young Engineers Association NGO, coordinator of the Bright Border Project Hovhannes Karapetyan added to what Haik Harutyunyan said and stated that what was important was the fact that suppliers can replace one of the rotten five lamps with a new one.
“What is also very important is the volunteers’ participation. They also served as an impetus for the engagement of new volunteers in this project,” Hovhannes Karapetyan said.
Director of Shtigen Company, coordinator of Bright Border Project Haik Shekyan stated that this project was very important for people living in the bordering regions of the country since they need a lot of support. This is also important from the psychological perspective in order to help them understand that there is life outside of Yerevan as well. According to Haik Shekoyan, the volunteers’ role is very positive and inspiring.
Let us mention that the creators of the Bright Border Project have already lit the homes of families in 7 bordering villages of Armenia and Artsakh.