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Cordoba Corporation’s Maria Mehranian to Headline Telethon to Raise Funds to Support Homeless Families in Armenia

Maria MehranianCordoba Corporation’s Managing Partner Maria Mehranian, who serves the President of the Armenia Fund, will be hosting a special Armenia Fund Telethon on Sunday, July 14, 2019, to mobilize fundraising efforts to support a housing program in Gyumri, Armenia.  The telethon will be broadcast on ARTN TV on July 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Called “Our Gyumri”, Armenia Fund’s new housing program will provide approximately 60 homeless families in Gyumri with renovated and fully-furnished apartments, complete with all necessary household appliances. In addition, the program is designed to help secure the livelihoods of beneficiary families, by providing them with a broad range of job-training and work opportunities.

Gyumri is Armenia’s second largest city and the capital of the Shirak Region, in the northwestern part of the republic. Once Armenia’s industrial heartland, Gyumri was devastated by the 1988 Spitak earthquake. Ever since the disaster, Armenian organizations, including Armenia Fund, and the international community have implemented massive reconstruction projects to assist the region in recovering.

Hundreds of families in Gyumri who had lost their homes as a result of the 1988 earthquake remained essentially homeless. Most of these impoverished families, numbering over 4,000 people, live in shantytowns consisting of “temporary” metal containers or shacks called “domiks.” Others have found shelter in earthquake-ravaged and abandoned industrial buildings or dormitories. The living conditions are challenging due to the lack of basic amenities and such problems as rat infestation.

“Homelessness is a global problem now and it is a challenge facing all of us in all corners of the world. Decent housing is an essential factor in the prosperity of human beings and is a right that we have to secure for everyone,” stated Maria Mehranian.  “Our goal is to end the indignity of homelessness for many more families in Gyumri, while also contributing to the ongoing recovery of this wonderful city. Everything is in place for implementing the newest phase of our program. All that’s needed now is the timely support of our community here in California and beyond, so that we can continue to transform the lives of our long-suffering compatriots in Gyumri.”

“I am proud of Maria for her continued dedication to Making a Difference here in California, as well as her leadership internationally with the Armenia Fund,” stated Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla.  “I know she will do an excellent job this weekend at the helm of this special telethon supporting this important effort in Armenia.”

The Armenia Fund’s special Telethon will be dedicated to the city of Gyumri, with reports and documentaries about its people, institutions, and achievements, as well as Armenia Fund’s housing program.  Established in 1994 in Los Angeles, Armenia Fund, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-governmental, non-political corporation that has implemented over $120 million of infrastructure development assistance and humanitarian aid worldwide.  It is the largest humanitarian organization serving the Republic of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic.  For additional information, please visit



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About Cordoba Corporation: Founded in 1983, Cordoba Corporation is statewide full-service engineering, construction management and program management firm specializing in the delivery of infrastructure projects in transportation, education, water and energy sectors. Cordoba Corporation has offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, Santa Ana and San Diego, and has been recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top 50 Program Management Firm and Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firm in the nation, and a Top 100 Design Firm in California.