Blog: House of Esther

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.  


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:

Love & Hope in Bloom

House of Esther, Armenia


July was a joyous and productive month for the residents of the House of Esther (HoE). Vegetables and fruits were blossoming much more than previously in 2016. The refugees at HoE are getting settled and some are even getting married, preparing for the future.


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.