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Boca Raton Businessman Meets with First Lady of Armenia Anna Hakobyan

George Pagoumian of Boca Raton, FL meets with First Lady of the Republic of Armenia Anna Hakobyan in Yerevan, Armenia.

Late last year, the wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for My Step Foundation, Anna Hakobyan, met with Armenian American businessman, founder of PMA Venture Capital and friend of the foundation, George Pagoumian of Boca Raton, FL.

Mrs. Hakobyan expressed her gratitude to Mr. Pagoumian for his support to the foundation, particularly for support to the foundation’s project “Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center” which was made possible through his contributions. Mrs. Hakobyan offered to accompany Mr. Pagoumian to the Center so that he could witness all of the progress and impact his contributions have made.

Mr. Pagoumian stressed that he has faith in Armenia prospering and growing, but it is going to take time. “You’ve made your step, and now Armenians from all over the world who are successful in different fields must unite in order to succeed,” he says.

One of the projects of My Step Foundation is to support soldiers who have been injured during military service and the support is provided through Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center. In addition to addressing health concerns that the soldiers have, they also work to provide resources for their integration into a working society through education and skills training.

Over $406,000 has been allocated to Homeland Defender’s Rehabilitation Center by My Step Foundation.

Happy Easter from Florida Armenians

U.S. Allocates $1.1 Million to Armenia to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 27, the U.S. Department of State announced an assistance package to the Republic of Armenia to combat the novel Coronavirus COVID-19. According to the State Department, Armenia will receive $1.1 million in health assistance to help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. The United States has invested nearly $106 million in health assistance and $1.57 billion total for Armenia over the past 20 years.

Armenia declared a 30-day ‘State of Emergency’ on Monday, March 16 that is slated to last until April 14 as the virus spreads throughout the region.

Comparatively, the two other South Caucus nations, Azerbaijan and Georgia, will also receive U.S. federal assistance at similar levels. Azerbaijan is slated to receive $1.7 million in health assistance to help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested nearly $41 million in health alone in Azerbaijan, and more than $890 million in total assistance, the State Department noted.

Georgia is slated to receive $1.1 million in health funding will help prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, bolster risk communication, and more. The United States has provided nearly $139 million in health assistance and more than $3.6 billion in total U.S. assistance over the past 20 years.