Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh)
From 1997 – 2000, LCO implemented one of its first projects in Artsakh.
The village of Karintak is located in the Shushi region of Artsakh just below of the city of Shushi on the left bank of the Karkar River. It is also very possible that the village existed as far back as medieval times. Armenians have always inhabited Karintak. 19th and 20th century documents testify that Karintak has a church called Sourp Astvadzadzin.
During Artsakh’s war of independence, Karintak was an important area of defense for the city of Shushi. Because of the knowledge of the terrain and area, many villagers had assisted in the liberation and defense of Shushi.Because of the great sacrifice to the Artsakh’s liberation, LCO wanted to give back to their village. The villagers requested that renovation of their community center. The roof, windows, floors and interior and exterior were all renovated. The center was completed in time for it to be used for political campaigns and debates during the Artsakh elections. A few years later, from the LCO example of volunteerism, the villagers themselves renovated their own schoolhouse.
In 2001, led by Land and Culture Organization/Organisation Terre et Culture(OTC)-France, this was our second project in Artsakh.
The Shushi Central Regional Hospital was built in 1972 to provide the medical needs of the inhabitants of the Shushi region. The hospital housed 110 beds, an emergency department, and a medical staff specializing in internal and infectious diseases, surgery obstetrics gynecology, gynecology, and pediatrics.
After the capture of Shushi by the Azeris during the war, the hospital was confiscated and the infrastructure (internal walls, operating rooms, kitchen, boiler), equipment, furniture, and medical instruments were stolen or destroyed. After the cease-fire, the polyclinic had undergone renovation; however, the hospital was still in a miserable state of disrepair. The medical needs of the communities in the Shushi region continue to grow, as the city and neighboring villages are experiencing a population growth.LCO/OTC decided that this community development project was vital for the sustainability of Shushi and its regional inhabitants. After several years, LCO volunteers helped in the completion the entire third floor of the hospital. The organization with support from a grant from the Union of French Armenian Medical Professionals helped to renovate patient, delivery, and surgery rooms. In the summer of 2009, the Shushi Central Regional Hospital celebrated its’ opening, and the first surgeries were performed in the renovated rooms by guest physicians from Armenia and France.