July 28, 2018

Armenian Assembly of America Helping Build a Home!

On 20 July, Armenian Assembly of America volunteers, led by Arpi Vartanian, joined Fuller Center for Housing Armenia team and the GB team from USA, led by Barbara Hovsepyan, to build the Dzhumyan family house in Nor Gyugh village, Kotayk region.

The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. Many years the Assembly volunteers  join FCHA mission bringing attention to the housing problem in Armenia and helping a needy family to sooner finish the construction of the long cherished house. 

Anush and Kamo got married in 1999. The young couple used to live in Kamo’s parents’ house, seven people in a-two-room apartment. In this small home the family had two sons: Rafik and Narek. In 2006, the Dzhumyans purchased a plot
of land in Nor Gyugh village, bought a metal container and moved to live there with home that will work, save and little by little build the home. Their daughter, Carolina, was born in the metal container. Almost 11 years the family have been living without basic housing conditions. They even didn’t have running water and had to bring it from nearby village. Anush and Kamo are hardworking people. Anush works in a greenhouse, and Kamo works in glass factory, but the salary they get is enough only for living, for everyday needs.

“We do our best to live a decent life, but despite our efforts,we couldn’t finish the construction of our house and provide our children with a deserving life.  And now we are so happy: we’ll have a home,’’ shared the father of the family, Kamo.

The teams did plastering of the walls making the dream of the family to have a home one step closer. It was a day filled with joy, fun and happiness for all the participants as well as for family members. Sharing the work as well as the Armenian traditional meal, harissa, together made the day!

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