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).  

 

Maral’s husband was killed defending his family (we think) during the war in Aleppo, as they left Syria. Maral moved to Armenia, and after visiting a few times with her brother Hagop in October and November, they decided to move to HoE.

 

Armen, our local supervisor, took care of the legal transfer and documentation. We purchased some furniture and a few needed items. With the men’s coordination, all is going well.

 

Despite the harsh winter and one foot of snow, the team is progressing. They are preparing the rooms and facilities to host a new family of six, hopefully in a few days. The UNHCR has provided furniture and other initial items.

 

Progress specifics are too many to be fully listed, though the following is a brief list of new items, additions, and improvements: insulation of solar panel pipes entering and exiting the building, furniture and appliances delivered via UNHCR-Armenia, six chairs, three tables, six electric and oil heaters, a clothes washing machine, two electric stoves/ovens, one refrigerator, eight bed frames, eight bedspread duvets, eight blankets, and eight pillows.

 

The above progress was made possible after all the initial preparation we achieved last summer together with Dan Emig and the GHNI financial support team.

 

Self-sufficiency is a growing need so that these families can work together, plant, and produce their basic food needs, such as vegetables, fruits, and animals. This can be achieved with the initial financial support from generous donors.

 
Our new Fish Growing Project is planned to begin in April 2017. Hopefully, we will purchase a few chickens, sheep, pigs, etc. As we prepare the surrounding land for planting, we need a good rototiller or a small tractor. We are installing a water recovery system on the building’s roof and building basic greenhouses. With GHNI’s Transformational Community Development (TCD) training programs, we are confident that achieving self-sufficiency within a year can be a reality.

 

The vision of GHNI CEO Hal Jones of making HoE a training center, offering special therapy and healing for abused women, can be realized soon.  

 

Dan Emig
GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader