My name is Shahd AlShehail, and I’m a GlobalGiving intern who visited all our partner organization in Armenia! Allow me tell you about my visit to the project you donated to ...
After the earthquake of 1988 in Armenia, many families were left with no place to live. At that time, the fast and cheap solution was to place them in metal shacks until the area was repaired. Shockingly, more than ten years have passed and the majority of these families are still living in the metal shacks. However, hope is not lost. Organizations like the Fuller Center for Housing are working actively to change this reality, and are doing so in an affordable and sustainable way.
On a bright Wednesday morning, Isabel and I boarded a bus to Vanadzor with Gohar (Resource Development Manager) and a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the United States. During our hour long ride from Yerevan to Vanadzor, the volunteers told us about their positive experience with the Fuller Center. Some of them visited on a yearly basis because they felt a strong connection to the FCH’s mission and financial model. Fuller provides long-term, interest free loans to low-income families and the monthly repayment gets reinvested in a revolving fund to help more families.
FCH used the money raised through GlobalGiving, along with partnerships with ARDA and Vanadzor Municipality, to build 15 homes. We visited the Yessayan family in their new home. The parents and two young boys were proud to show us around the first real home the children had ever lived in! Before moving in June of 2011, the family of four lived in a one room metal shack. The children often got sick due to the harsh winters in Northern Armenia and the lack of insulation and weather protection. The new homes, on the other hand, are built with sustainable material and are earthquake resistant.
The Fuller Center for Housing has built 47 houses in Vanadzor so far, however, there is still a lot to do with more than a 1,000 families still displaced. Your continued support is essential to FCH’s success. Donate here http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-2-low-income-families-in-housing-poverty/
I am delighted to inform you that the homes of the fifteen families are completed thanks to your and other kind donors’ help. All 3 partners gathered in Vanadzor City to share the happiness of the families. Families were very delighted and excited. Please see the photos below. These families will soon move from metal containers to new, healthy homes that have indoor bathrooms and kitchens as well as bedrooms. “I can never compare our new home with the metal container where my children grew up and were getting ill so often” said Mrs. Karapetyan, mother of 3. More pictures are available on our Facebook page.
Thanks again for your support and dedication.
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is continuing to build homes for low income families in Armenia. We aim to help 32 families to complete their houses in a year and hope you will join us again.
More info about the organization can be found on www.fullercenterarmenia.org
Thanks again for your generosity.
Yesterday was a great day for 15 families living in metal containers in Vanadzor. Though the construction of the 15 apartments is in finishing stage but so far the families did not know which apartment is for which family and on May 2nd they held a draw to find out their exact house.
Thanks to your donations these families soon will move into their new homes. Thanks again for your support and hope you will continue your support as still we have some work to do on the homes before the families can move in.
Thanks a lot for your support to these 15 families living in metal containers to have nice homes.
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is proud to share with you the progress of the construction of the 15 family homes in Vanadzor city. As you cans see from the attached pictures the houses are close to completion. We hope to have the necessary funds by the end of April and complete the homes by early May.
Please meet one of the beneficiary families: Sakakyan family of 4. The elder son was in the mandatory army at time of taking pictures. Nune is taking care of her family alone as her husband went to Russia and never came back. She is doing some trading in the city.
To help this and other families, total 15 please share this info with your friends and encourage them to donate. If you have questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Manager of programs
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia
Would like to thank all of you for your support.
All 15 families of this project have been selected. They are very anxious to finish the new homes and move from metal containers.
The new building for the 15 families is in progress.
This time I would like to share with you part of the presentation made by one of volunteers - Araz Artinian.
To see the whole presentation (which is very powerful) please visit http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/album.php?aid=270782&id=606141665&fbid=492185196665
If you have questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gohar PalyanManager of Programs
Fuller Center for Housing ArmeniaBaghramyan 3rd lane, home 10 aYerevan 0033, ArmeniaTel: + 374 10 27 14 99www.fullercenterarmenia.org
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