ARMENIA – I love being present in these updates!

ARMENIA – (Spitak) House of Esther Refugee Center

I love being present and on-the-ground in an update such as this!  These people are absolutely wonderful … these refugees who have been through so much pain, are life-giving yet again!

Great pleasure is mine in being here in Spitak, ARMENIA, House of Esther(HoE) … and in relating to you these refugees from war-torn Syria.  It’s difficult to communicate their gratefulness in our presence and our meager gifts of time, teaching and relationships deepened.  A warmer audience one will not find.

Each has a story of great loss of homes, family members, friends, neighbors.  

 

 

Since my time here last year, chicken coops have been expanded, a fish farm started, gardens enlarged, fruit trees planted, volunteers recruited, furniture and appliances delivered, buildings insulated, and many other living conditions improved.  Deeper yet is the foundation of “HOPE” they now have, in a secure location free from war-tensions and greater losses. 

 

 

 

A primary focus has been in the teaching of TCD-Transformational Community Development.  While I usually teach such courses in villager-settings, this material is adaptable to HoE and refugees starting lives over.  Our aim in HoE is for it to become as self-sustaining as is possible.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local entrepreneur Gayane was very gracious in showing us her business as well as translating for us in the TCD sessions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for being such an integral part of such Help and Hope to others!  

Daniel

GHNI Lead Assist – C./S. Asia and E. Europe

 

House of Esther – Spitak, Armenia … there … !

House of Esther – Spitak, Armenia

It’s truly a beauty to behold, when one sees one person, impassioned, committed to a task at hand, accomplish so much in 5 short weeks of their “vacation” time!  Please witness this man and his accomplishments … Vince Melkonian.

Vince & Marie(daughter)
Vince & Marie(daughter)

HoE – House of Esther, in Spitak, Armenia is a future home of transition, healing, and wholeness for refugees out of Syria and other needful locations.  Seeing that TCD-Transformational Community Development can happen in this setting, Vince is focused on allowing GHNI to serve alongside he and others, as they help some of the neediest people of Armenian decent, displaced in war-torn locations.

To accomplish this, much logistics have to happen in short order, especially as winter is fast approaching this higher elevation locale.

New Chicken Pen HoE
New Chicken Pen HoE
Pig Pen Being Built HoE
Pig Pen Being Built HoE

 

Green House In Progress HoE
Green House In Progress HoE

Pig pens were built.  Chicken coops were built. Manure, top-soil and fertilizer were brought in for establishing fields of farming.  Green-houses were established.  Crops planted in early Spring were harvested.  Dorms for refugees were configured.  Vision seminars for TCD were taught to those living there and locals.   Relationships between organizations were further secured, as UNHCR-Armenia, GHNI, ALEPPO org., and others came together to commit to this special place.

 

Further help is needed in finances, as we secure a manager for, and make all provisions needful for full-fledged self-sustainability or HoE.  Will you please consider these needs and all we all seek to accomplish here.   It’s a great semi-rural location for vetted refugees to re-establish life and become healthy again.   Donations can be made at:   https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ghni-AM-House-of-Esther?code=Refugees%20in%20the%20Middle%20East%20Webpage

Thank you … Daniel!

UNHCR-Armenia - ALEPPO-GHNI +
UNHCR-Armenia – ALEPPO-GHNI +
Soil Samples(results) HoE
Soil Samples(results) HoE
Soil Sample Team (Herach-Marie-Dan) HoE
Soil Sample Team (Herach-Marie-Dan) HoE
Drying Fruit HoE
Drying Fruit HoE

 

Spitak, Armenia – May ’16

Spitak, Armenia – May ’16

Abram-Gary-Dan-Haig A & H are 1st 2 residents of HoE -  Spitak, Armenia
Abram-Gary-Dan-Haig
A & H are 1st 2 residents of HoE –
Spitak, Armenia

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.

Sayran. ...The Litel Big Man (our GHNI Garden Greenhouse Specialist - Spitak, Armenia
Sayran. …The Litel Big Man (our GHNI Garden Greenhouse Specialist – Spitak, Armenia

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.

Vince w/ landscape crew ... grating for the 2x barns/storage buildings - Spitak, Armenia
Vince w/ landscape crew … grating for the 2x barns/storage buildings – Spitak, Armenia
Vince w/ backhoe crew ... HoE - Spitak, Armenia
Vince w/ backhoe crew … HoE – Spitak, Armenia
Abraham & Haig working on HoE landscape/garden prep - Spitak, Armenia
Abraham & Haig working on HoE landscape/garden prep – Spitak, Armenia
In-your-road ... in-your-face typical herds of sheep, as we drive to Spitak, Armenia
In-your-road … in-your-face typical herds of sheep, as we drive to Spitak, Armenia
Vince with greenhouse mentor ... Sayran - Spitak, Armenia
Vince with greenhouse mentor … Sayran – Spitak, Armenia