“The initial phase of HIKEArmenia was incubated in November 2015 and funded via a crowdfunding campaign supported by more than 200 people from ONEArmenia’s global community. This enabled the organization to create a hiking app focused on promoting the natural assets of Armenia as well as scout and mark several hiking trails throughout the country.
In 2016, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation approached ONEArmenia about accelerating investment into HIKEArmenia so as to scale the program more quickly and to enhance its impact. In February 2017, the two organizations signed an agreement which ultimately establishes full Hovnanian Foundation support for the creation of HIKEArmenia as a separate operating foundation in Armenia with the goal of developing the hiking infrastructure and resources throughout Armenia up to world-class standards.
The Hovnanian Foundation, ONEArmenia, as well as many other local stakeholders on the ground already involved in hiking, adventure travel and ecotourism in Armenia, will work together to accomplish this with a strong commitment to promoting sustainable ecotourism and to ensuring rural economic development in Armenia. ”