When my late husband John O’Connor and I began Armenia Tree Project in 1994, we did so out of a deep love for the land and people of Armenia. It’s hard to believe that was 15 years ago! John, as you may recall, was a passionate environmentalist who was concerned for the health and well being of people everywhere.
We wanted to replace the many thousands of trees which were cut down to provide heat at a time when energy was unavailable in Armenia. Our desire to re-green the nation and create jobs led to the establishment of ATP’s Community Tree Planting program, along with our two nurseries in Karin and Khachpar villages.
ATP’s programs were expanded in 2004 to include poverty reduction, large scale reforestation, and environmental education in rural villages which were desperately poor and suffering from the effects of deforestation. Thousands of people like you came forward to become involved and support our vision of creating a prosperous, secure, and independent Armenia whose land and natural resources could support generations of Armenians yet to be born.
Together, we helped fight poverty and childhood hunger by establishing micro-enterprise backyard tree nurseries and planting community fruit orchards. All of this took place while we created hundreds of jobs for local residents who planted new forests. Children became involved with growing trees and tending the orchards while participating in environmental education programs for the first time.
To celebrate our 15th anniversary, ATP is undertaking our most challenging and ambitious plans ever--to plant over one million trees this year!
The global economic crisis has certainly affected us all, but we at ATP are more committed than ever to create a sustainable future for Armenia. I hope you will consider a special 15th anniversary gift to help support all of our tree planting, education, and poverty reduction initiatives.
Thank you for believing in ATP and for supporting our vision of an environmentally sustainable and vibrant Armenia. We’re creating a legacy for which we can all take pride.