Tiyezerk Rugs- An Opportunity to Support Our Soldiers

29 October, 2019
On October 29, Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and his wife, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of My Step Foundation, Anna Hakobyan, visited the Homeland Defenders Rehabilitation Center where they met with wounded soldiers and joined in on the project of Tiyezerk carpets.

While in the Rehabilitation Center, the wounded military veterans began weaving beautiful Armenian carpets that have since become a symbol of unity and strength. These carpets have brought together renowned intellectuals and public figures from Armenia and abroad; Tigran Mansuryan, Jivan Gasparyan, Armenian jazz legend Malkhas, Avrora Award-winner Tom Katina and others have all made a symbolic effort to create the carpet. Tiyezerk carpet will be completed by November 1 and be presented in the United States, where the local Armenian community will be able to purchase it via auctions on November 3 at the Gala Dinner in the Glendale Hilton in California. All Tiyezerk carpet proceeds will be used to build a cafe and training center for the Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center.

Following the auction, the goal is to create a carpet weaving program at the Rehabilitation Center with the support of the renowned Megerian Carpet Company, whose master carpet weavers will train military veterans in the art of carpet weaving.

My Step Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center for several months. One of our main focal points has been to provide assistance to military veterans who have suffered from injuries or illness during their service. In addition to restoring their health, the program emphasizes the social integration of disabled or wounded soldiers through education and skills training. Over $400,000 has been allocated to the Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center by My Step Foundation for the implementation of the project.

In large part, the foundation’s support was made possible through the generous donation of Armenian-American benefactor, George Pagoumian, founder of PMA Venture Capital Group.

During recent months, My Step Foundation has supported the the addition of new equipment to the Rehabilitation Center in order to provide recovery treatment to about 100 wounded soldiers. As a result, all of the members of the Center’s medical team has received appropriate training.


29 October, 2019

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