The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia began its partnership with the Fuller Center in 2008. In that year they were able to serve 50 families and 11 communities. Four Global Builders teams traveled there to volunteer.
The group is continually expanding to new regions of Armenia. The recent blessing of the Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Church, His Holiness Karekin II, will greatly help propel their efforts.
The UNECE reported that about five percent of Armenia’s families do not have permanent housing. Many live in metal shipping containers called “domics.” Many other families began building a house they were not able to finish after a sudden economic downturn hit in the 1990s and often live in the basements of such houses. Other problems often seen include absestos, leaky roofs, overcrowding, lack of sanitation and lack of heating systems.
These are all problems FCH Armenia helps to fix by building new homes, finishing half-built houses or completing repairs through the Greater Blessing program. The safe, simple, comfortable homes, are renovated or built with and for low-income families in Armenia.
FCH Armenia offers partnering families long-term, interest-free loans. The monthly repayments flow into a “revolving fund” and are used to help more families, thereby providing the financial foundation for a sustainable community development effort.
In general, FCH Armenia also works to advocate the right to decent shelter.
The Fuller Center of Armenia is always looking to help more people. Currently, they have three offices in different regions to facilitate the work being done in 11 communities. The choice of communities is based on need for housing as well as the willingness of the community to start a partnership. Project “Building on Faith,” a partnership with the Armenian Church, will result in 37 houses built throughout Armenia.