Creating bridges


In May 2020, the IDeA Foundation, Armenia (Initiatives for Development of Armenia Foundation) donated to the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C. a copy of the khachkar (cross-stone), the original of which is set on the territory of the Tatev Monastery of Armenia (the author of the copy is master Hambik). A model of the Tatev Monastery complex was also donated to the Museum. The exhibits were presented at the Museum during a concert of Armenian sacred music, which was organized with the support of the Armenian Embassy in the United States. The model of the Monastery remained in the Museum’s exposition until 2021; the khachkar remain exhibited until 2022. Afterwards, they were transferred to a storage. A “Breath of God” exhibition is scheduled for 2025 (approximately March-August), where the khachkar and the model of the Monastery, which have already become a wonderful addition to the collection of the Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., will find their honourable place.

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Dear Visitor,

We are glad you are interested in the activities of the IDeA Foundation.

On this platform, you can learn about two-decades long thought, passion, commitment and hard work — all in pursuit of a more prosperous Armenia. The road has been long and reflections many. But we managed to achieve to a point where our work has left its mark on the lives of millions of people and we are really proud of it.

Our accomplishments are the fruit of a collective effort by hundreds of thousands of promoters and volunteers, tens of thousands of donors and supporters, hundreds of colleagues and dozens of founding partners. Together, we have shown what wonderous things can be achieved when people strive for realization of a common goal.

Allow our family, who was lucky enough to witness these remarkable achievements from the beginning, to express our sincere gratitude to numerous wonderful, caring, purposeful people and organizations that made all these achievements possible. We have the honor to present their successes and express our gratitude to them.

We have tried to present the key landmarks of our journey to a brighter Armenia, to chart the lessons learned, and some of the new approaches and initiatives they have forged — the 700 projects over the last 20 years.

We hope that learning about these works will be as pleasant for you as it is for us to tell about them.

But, more importantly, we would like to see you among those Armenians who will continue this path together with us in the future.

If a single community of like-minded people working towards the realization of a common vision of the future can achieve such a result, imagine what kind of changes can be made if the efforts of the entire nation were directed towards creation. Together we can dream.

And, together, we can make our dreams come true.

Thank You,

Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend