“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” ~ Charles de Lint
It is already the second year that the light is going to keep shining on by building a home for a family in need to honor Sose and Allen’s memory, a young couple that lost their lives in the spring of 2013. The couple, who were born and raised in the United States, married in August 2012 and moved to Armenia from Los Angeles. Sose and Allen were involved in a variety of projects and returned to their homeland with the hope to have their contribution in its development. Unfortunately those dreams were cut short in a fatal car accident en route to Tbilisi for a weekend trip.
In 2013 Sose’s brother, Vache Thomassian established “Sosé & Allen’s Legacy” foundation to keep their memory alive by working to bridging the gap between Armenia and its Diaspora, through an emphasis on education, repatriation, and volunteerism within the homeland. “We are proud to partner with Fuller Center to support the incredible work they do. It’s a beautiful and meaningful thing to help family’s build their homes in Armenia, just like Sosé & Allen only began to do,” said Thomassian.
This year 25 volunteers from the USA together with the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia team joined to help the Gdoyan family build their home in the Silikyan district on the outskirts of Yerevan.
The Gdoyan family is also no stranger to tragedy. Arpine and Sarkis Gdoyan were married in 2003 and began constructing their home in 2004. They laid the foundation, built the walls and finished the roof. Sadly, Sarkis was killed in a car accident in 2009 and the dream of having their own home remained unfulfilled.
The Artsakh Project Launched with the 300th Home Construction.
On May 28 the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia team with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh, Ara Harutyunyan marked the official launch of the Artsakh project. The launch of the program in the Republic of Artsakh coincided with the day of the Declaration of Independence of Armenia as well as the launch of the FCHA’s 300th house construction- three celebrations in a day.
“It is symbolic that we launch such a wonderful project on this day, which shows the development of liberated Berdzor. Thanks to the Fuller project and its donors for this chance. I’m looking forward to seeing quick expansion of this program in Artsakh, with the support of the government,” said Ara Harutyunyan.
VivaCell-MTS and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia Continue Partnership to Bring Decent Housing to 25 More Families in Need
On April 9, 2014 VivaCell-MTS and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia joined in a home build in the borderline village of Vazashen, Tavush Region to mark the official launch of the new project sponsored by VivaCell-MTS addressed to assisting 25 more low income families from bordering villages of Tavush and Armavir regions to build and renovate their homes.
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia and Republic of Artsakh Join Forces to Help Low Income Families in Need of Decent Housing
The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia (FCHA) and Republic of Artsakh have reached an agreement to assist low-income families build safe, decent, and affordable homes.