Blog: House of Esther

Positioned as a Training Center

It’s winter at the House of Esther (HoE) and since October, there have been a few days of snow, wind, and cold temperatures. We gathered firewood and branches to burn in the recently installed wood stove. We also worked to insulate all visible pipes, water tanks, and outside faucets. The greenhouse plantings were prepared for winter.

 

Preparing for Winter

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House of Esther, Armenia

 

Spring is nice and warm in many parts of the world and especially at the House of Esther (HoE). A beautifully mellow, green color starts covering the fields and the hills. People, birds, and animals get outdoors to enjoy the beauty of nature.

 

Spring Activities

House of Esther, Armenia

January, February and March, are easy-going months in Spitak, especially at the House of Esther (HoE). The winter only allows limited activities, such as regular maintenance and keeping warm until the warmer months of spring. Our refugee residents are getting used to the local weather.  

 

Surviving a Meagre Winter

House of Esther, Armenia

 

It was a mild month of winter at the House of Esther with just a few frosty evenings. The residents kept warm inside and did a few outside tasks on the greenhouse when possible. They prepared the two side ventilation windows, and then will soon work on the side doors of the green house. We need to buy the few metal angles, square pipes, and welding material.

 

Winter Work

House of Esther, Armenia

Surprisingly, we enjoyed a milder and manageable winter in the House of Esther (HoE). Could this possibly be due to the effect of global warming?

 

For the house, we secured windows, doors, and roofing to prevent wind and snow damage. The greenhouse was placed on standby, as we were not able to provide the plastic cover yet.

 

Winterizing the House

House of Esther, Armenia

 

In Spitak, November is when the winter sets in. The team has been busy preparing for winter conditions. They disconnected all unneeded faucets, drained water from outside exposed pipes, collected the leaves, covered the base of the fruit trees to protect them from the frost, etc.

 

Tackling Necessary Tasks

House of Esther, Armenia

Compared to previous years, October was an unusually warm month at the House of Esther (HoE).  We were able to continue some outdoor work and preparation toward self-sufficiency.

Some tasks we tackled include the following:

Busier than Summer

House of Esther, Armenia

 

Now in the autumn season at House of Esther (HoE), we are wrapping up so many summer activities.  Harvesting crops and preparing for winter’s harsh weather are some of the tasks at hand.  The green house is still not finished, though, framing is almost complete.  It still needs plastic over the top and ends framed in with plastic cover as well.  

 

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