Blog: Armenia

Harvest & Winter Preparations

House of Esther, Armenia


House of Esther (HoE) has had a great summer and now heads into fall with much anticipation and expectation of progress in these last months before winter sets in.  Crops are being harvested and all the residents/refugees are pitching in to make this the largest harvest ever at House of Esther.  


Our focus is now on the following goals:

Laying the Groundwork

House of Esther, Armenia


Springtime at the House of Esther (HoE) is when we begin all activities for the remainder of the year.


These include preparing the soil for planting vegetables, buying a few chickens and other animals, and making outside repairs and maintenance.  


Improving Capacity to Grow

House of Esther, Armenia


Vince was able to be in Spitak, Armenia at House of Esther (HoE) for a brief time in April and May. While funds are not yet adequate to accomplish everything needed, Vince was able to get the greenhouse water recovery system started below-ground and piped partially above ground.  This system will greatly improve the capacity for HoE to cultivate, grow, and harvest vegetables and fruits for the winter season.  


Preparing for Growth

House of Esther, Armenia


House of Esther (HoE) has undergone measured progress in this quarter. Most of the current refugees come from war-torn Syria. Trauma of war is a part of their personal histories. Settling into HoE in slower ways has added to the overall health of the two newest residents, brother and sister Hagop and Maral.  


Residents Making a Home for One Another

House of Esther, Armenia


Please meet Maral, a nearly 50-year-old woman from Aleppo. She lost her husband few years ago. Maral has one daughter about 22 years old, who is married with one child, living in Yerevan, Armenia.  


Maral seems to be a kind and gentle women, taking care of others as a sister, and is also finding refuge at the House of Esther.  


New Families Move In

House of Esther, Armenia


House of Esther (HoE) has undergone phenomenal progress in this quarter, allowing two additional family entities to set up residence there. Most of the current refugee family groups and individuals come from war-torn Syria. Much trauma has occurred in their lives. Almost all need measures of counseling, in most cases relating to some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  


Winterizing the House of Esther

House of Esther, Armenia


Winter has come to stay at the House of Esther (HoE) in Armenia and will remain until late April. This means much of life centers around simply keeping warm and staying indoors, which entails providing things to do inside that are also productive and beneficial to the HoE.  


Finding Refuge and New Hope

House of Esther, Armenia

Allow us to introduce Hratch, a new resident at the House of Esther (HoE). A man in his late 40s, Hratch is from war-torn Syria. He was part of the community security teams for his local church and school in Aleppo and injured his leg during a car bomb explosion by the local moderate rebels.

Father & Son Settle In

House of Esther, Armenia


Apo is from war-torn Syria. His wife was killed in the conflict as they were fleeing. He is seeking to rebuild his life and distance himself from all the horrors of war he has experienced with his son George. Apo and George are currently living in the House of Esther (HoE).