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.