Planting trees in Armenia
Amenia Tree Project Builds Bridges
By Eric Diekhans
Wedged between Turkey and Azerbaijan, many American wouldn’t be
able to find the small, land-locked country of Armenia on the map. But
But Mugar had a vision of a better tomorrow, that led her to found Armenia Tree Project. “What Armenia needed was hope,” says Jeanmarie Papelian, Executive Director of ATP.
Mugar, believed planting trees was a very visible way to give
hope to desperate people. In the 28 years since its founding, ATP has planted
and seven million trees, serving the Armenian people, offering jobs and raising
the standard of living, and protecting the global environment.
Armenia Tree Project is eager to share its vision beyond the
Armenian community. “Invite us to come and talk about Armenia Tree Project,”
says Papelian. “You don’t have to be Armenian to appreciate that anywhere in
the world where people are planting forests will benefit all of us.”
Eric Diekhans is a fiction writer, video
producer and editor, and a passionate cyclist. He’s a member of Lake View
Presbyterian Church in Chicago, where he has served as an Elder and Deacon.