Blog: Other Regions

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.


Health and Nutrition Lessons

Đorgovska Mahala Village, Serbia


The transformation of a village into a model village is happening in Djorgovska Mahala. We have two groups of women with over 20 members; one group is part of the local community and the other meets regularly in Mahala.


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.  


Health Training Continues

Đorgovska Mahala Village, Serbia


People in Mahala are preparing for seasonal agricultural work. A number of people have already gone to work. This means the number of people in Mahala was significantly reduced in May.


Looking at the Heart

Dorgovska mahala Village, Serbia

Although the weather is cold, some people went to work in the frigid outdoors of Lebane, while others are planning to sell decorations and greeting cards on the street before the New Year's holidays. In conversation with people from Đorgovska mahala Village, I realized that they want their neighborhood to be different. They’re sorry that there is no love or unity between them, but they do not know how they can change that.

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.

Raising Self-Esteem in Women

Dorgovska mahala Village, Serbia

Seasonal jobs are over and people are returning home. The weather is favorable for visits and other activities in Đorgovska mahala Village. I am glad that I have built trust with these people. Some women from the mahala are now regular attendees of our weekly meetings.

Pillar of Encouragement

Dorgovska Mahala, Serbia

Seasonal jobs are still harvesting grapes, peppers, etc. It’s a bright period in light of the difficult financial situations with unemployment, small living spaces often housing three generations, and a number of other problems in this village. Some of the residents of this village give money and take interest on borrowed money, so that even further complicates matters.