By Kent Larsen
Huntsman Gives School To Armenia
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- LDS billionaire Jon Huntsman's commitment to Armenia
has brought the country a new school. The earthquake-devastated city of
Gyumri recently dedicated a new 20-classroom school financed by Huntsman.
Huntsman's relationship with Armenia started in 1988, and in the intervening
years, he has provided millions of dollars of assistance and has helped
arrange for even more relief on many occasions. He has also developed a
relationship with each Armenian Prime Minister during that time.
Huntsman has also tried to be responsive to the country's needs, letting the
Armenian government determine what he should provide and how. "We leave it
up to them, basically, to let us know where the needs are to determine if we
can step in and help, as we have on numerous things over there over the last
12 years," said Huntsman spokesman Don Olsen.
The school Huntsman financed cost more than $1 million and includes a sports
hall and lunchroom in addition to the 20 classrooms. It will house about 450
students. Huntsman is also participating in the construction of a 400-unit
apartment complex surrounding the school that can house 2,000 people.
Huntsman's latest gift to Armenia is a school
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