Press release from The Fuller Center for Housing of Armenia
On June 28th, the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia NGO will celebrate its 100th home dedication, to take place in the village of Geghard, Kotayk region, at the Karapetyans’ home. The achievement of the project was thanks to the successful partnership among Heifer Project International, the Hye Dzmer Pap Foundation and other organizations.
As the Armenian proverb goes, “If the entire village stands together, it can break a log.” Today, with the partnership of a few organizations, the Karapetyan family will be able to move out of extreme poverty and take its place among the middle class.
For 19 years, Senik and Karine Karapetyan and their four children were forced to move from place to place, having no permanent home, withstanding the bitter winter cold, struggling every day for their children’s health and praying for a better future. Right up to a year ago, the family could not even imagine that they would soon have their own home, that the children would wake up under a secure roof, and that the Christmas of 2010 would celebrate the realization of their dreams.
In December 2005, with funds provided by the Tufenkian Foundation and the Hye Dzmer Pap Foundation, the family obtained a piece of land to build a house. VivaCell-MTS and the Tufenkian Foundation provided further assistance to build a foundation and walls, and now, with the non-interest loan provided by the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia, the family has realized their dreams of so many years.
On November 14, 2009, the staff of the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia, the Tufenkian Foundation, the Hye Dzmer Pap Foundation, as well as AGBU’s Young Professionals, joined their forces to help the Karapetyans in building their home.
“Any project involving families should help them establish themselves. This is our aim and that of our partner organizations. With the partnership of Heifer Project International and the Hye Dzmer Pap Foundation, we were able to assist the Karapetyan family to shift from extreme poverty to the middle class,” said Ashot Yeghiazaryan, the president of the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia.