Viva-MTS continues to support infrastructure development in Koghb
It has now been two years since Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Goods (FPWC) implemented infrastructure development projects in Koghb, the largest conurbation of Tavush, located in the northern part. -est of the region.
Just 4.5 km from the state border, it requires special attention and work.
2019 and 2020 were difficult for the implementation of the planned works: and yet neither the global pandemic nor the 44-day war could prevent partner organizations from installing a new public lighting system and provide a solar heating system at the local kindergarten.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the partners, around 1850 m of streets were illuminated in 2020. 50 LED lights were installed. Lighting works are underway and there are plans to install 40 additional LED lights and illuminate approximately 1,550 m of streets in the community. Thus, by the end of 2021, thanks to the joint efforts of Viva-MTS and FPWC, Koghb will have approximately 3,400 m of illuminated streets. The energy efficient system deployed will help both to make the neighborhood more environmentally friendly and to save budgetary resources.
Viva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, Founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Goods (FPWC) Ruben Khachatryan, Noyemberyan Community Leader Karen Abazyan, Koghb Arsen Aghababyan Administrative Head, the Project coordinator Martin Maralchyan and locals were present at the launch of the energy saving system, also visiting the kindergarten as part of the tour.
“Each program has its beneficiaries. When implementing social responsibility programs in rural communities, we most often try to be sensitive to the moods of children and young people. They must free themselves from bitter memories. Walking down an illuminated street, growing up in a warm and tidy environment will be a normal thing, not a dream. And we manage to see the generations to come as our beneficiaries, so everyone will win. Young people are our future. And that future must be confident, happy and bold, ”said Ralph Yirikian, CEO of Viva-MTS.
The kindergarten, built around 70 years ago, was once heated with coal and wood. This inefficient and dangerous heating method is no longer used in kindergarten. The heating of the building is now provided by the modern heating system. In 2019, Viva-MTS and the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Goods (FPWC) installed a brand new heating system powered by 30 kW solar water heaters. As the partner organizations prioritize the environmental aspect of the project, they chose the heating system that would have the least negative impact on the environment. This solar heating system makes it possible to use 40 to 50% less natural gas for heating.
The introduction of energy efficient outdoor lighting systems in remote and border areas is one of the important steps in the creation of a network of Eco Villages. This will allow these villages to be part of an approach based on the four components of sustainable development: environmental, economic, cultural and social. As a result of the program, the budgetary expenditure of the community will be considerably reduced, there will be savings which can be directed towards the solution of other problems.