Spitak, Armenia – May ’16
Nothing compares to actually being on-location. My(Daniel’s) time in Spitak & Yerevan, Armenia was incredibly rewarding, as I was able to be close to all the staff, volunteers, and the two men(Abraham & Haig) who are the initial refugees at the House of Esther(HoE). These men will soon be joined by their families, as they set up all the needs of Transformational Community Development(TCD) as it relates to this unique setting of refugees from war-ravaged Syria.
Vince at the helm, leading so many of these initiatives allowing HoE to become a reality, he is juggling so many responsibilities and needs. Please do let us/me know if you’d like to be a part of this endeavour. Our hopes are to have at lease 3 families there by summers’ end.
Already, we have leadership that is allowing mentoring related to agriculture and specifically green-house gardening, so needful in this part of Armenia at an altitude of over 7K feet.
Our meetings with ALEPPO Organisation and UNHCR for Armenia went well. Our hope is to have them both engaged in HoE, as they are enabled to provide quality oversight. More importantly, they are also able to help GHNI pre-select specific families most suited to this type of refugee setting, almost two hours from the capital of Yerevan.