WESTBROOK, Maine — Author, lawyer, lecturer and human rights advocate, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte in January launched the Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that will focus its efforts on community initiatives in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh and the Armenian Diaspora. The first project of the foundation will work toward determining the impact of Azerbaijani aggression on the Artsakh population.
Over the past decade, Astvatsaturian Turcotte spearheaded dozens of humanitarian, development, cultural, environmental and educational projects worldwide to support the community and to benefit the vulnerable population in Armenia and Artsakh Republic. These include but are not limited to the following: Renovation of 7 school bathrooms with Paros Foundation in Khndzoresk, Armenia; planting a forest with Armenia Tree Project in Talin, Armenia; supporting the Artsakh Ballet College with 300 ballet costumes, clothing and hundreds of dance shoes; supporting women’s group initiatives across Armenia; providing medical eye care, surgeries and eyewear to two villages in Syunik region of Armenia; bath/kitchen portable unit for Artsakh border post with Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund (AWHF) and Hundreds of military grade medical kits for Artsakh border posts with AWHF.
To maximize the impact of her work, Astvatsaturian Turcotte took the first steps to formalize the foundation in the spring of 2020. As Artsakh and Armenia begin to rebuild in their post-war reality, the foundation will continue her work to strengthen the Armenian nation independently and in collaboration with her trusted partners.
This first project is a detailed and well-planned initiative to collect empirical data on the displaced and affected population of Artsakh. The project began in December 2021 in partnership with Armenia’s Association of Social Workers, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Republic of Armenia, the Ministry of Housing and Social Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh and the Offices of Armenia’s and Artsakh’s Human Rights Ombudsmen. Individuals interested in contributing to this project should contact the Foundation. The foundation’s website is www.astvatsaturian.org.