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Inclusive Gym for Employees with Disabilities of MTAES

13.08.2015

On August 13, the presentation, marking the end of the USA Kansas National Guard Humanitarian Civic Assistance program, was held at the RA Ministry of TAES.

The program results were summed up by TAES First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Armenia Richard Mills. The event was also attended by representatives of the Kansas National Guard, high-ranked officials from various ministries and Aragatsotn Regional Administration.

Within the framework of the Armenian-American cooperation, at TAES Minister A. Yeritsyan’s initiative and by inclusive renovation project implemented with the assistance of the US Embassy in Armenia, in a short period of time by the 40 volunteers engineering team of air and ground forces were renovated the dressing room, the bathroom and the toilet of MTAES’s gym, so that it met the requirements of the employees with disabilities. 15 thousands USA dollars investment had been done.

Expressing gratitude to American colleagues on behalf of the Minister Armen Yeritsyan and TAES Ministry, V. Terteryan noted that, though the Armenian-American relations have a long history and established customs, however, Armenia meets so many volunteers for the first time.

-It is not accidental, that we have taken many features of the “911”, the seismic and hydro- meteorological services of the USA. It is vivid evidence of the Armenian -American close cooperation. I would like to thank our colleagues for their great support in the health care sector. The hospitality of such a large number of American engineers is a good opportunity to share our problems and achievements with them.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Armenia Richard Mills thanked the Government of Armenia for its support and cooperation in making this program a success. The Ambassador further noted, that the Kansas National Guard Humanitarian Civic Assistance program is just one of the many programs carried out by the United States, in partnership with the Armenian Government and civil society.

-Highly appreciating the Kansas National Guard engineers for their hard work and dedication to improve the quality of life for everyday Armenians in such a tangible and meaningful way, I particularly want to thank TAES, Defense, Labor and Social Affairs Ministries and all those, who supports the implementation of these programs,- noted Ambassador Mills.

The Republic of Armenia signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Kansas National Guard in 2003, establishing the Kansas-Armenia State Partnership Program, of which the Humanitarian Civic Assistance program is a part. The Humanitarian Civic Assistance program between Kansas and Armenia was first implemented in 2014, when partially were renovated Darbas School and Clinic, and recently have also been renovated Yerevan Boarding School N 1 and maternity hospital of Ashtarak MC.

The Humanitarian Civic Assistance program between Kansas and Armenia was first implemented in 2014, when Kansas Air National Guard engineers renovated the Darbas School and Darbas Clinic. This year, over 40 soldiers and airmen worked on the renovation projects.

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