We heard many sad stories, but also stories of hope.

Spitak, Armenia

 

A ceasefire agreement was signed between the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia and the President of Russia, ending all hostilities in the area on November 10, 2020. After the agreement, thousands of people became internally displaced. They lost their home villages and towns. Thousands of soldiers were killed. Thousands of men became disabled; there were many captives on the other side and many missing soldiers and civilians. The war has left painful scars and sad memories. 

 

We live on the main street in Vanadzor city and, usually, it’s very noisy during the day. When the war was over, there was silence on that street; you could only hear the noise of the cars, as if the whole nation was silently grieving. 

 

Now there are Russian peacekeepers in the war zone and people who still have homes return to Artsakh. Out of 150,000 people, only 25,000 went back there.

 

Our GHNI team visited more than 20 families from Artsakh in November. All of them lost their houses and decided to spend the winter in our region. We heard many sad stories, but also stories of hope. 

 

Bread Baking Machines

 

Thanks to the GHNI team and supporters throughout the world, we were able to buy 10 bread-baking machines and 10 bags of flour. The local police department heard about the project; they joined our team and helped deliver the flour bags and machines. Several displaced families were able to share the machines and bake their own bread. Each family had an average of seven people and they could not afford to buy bread every day. With the help of the project, more than 100 people now have their homemade, daily bread.

 

Warm Clothes and Coats

 

Winters in Armenia are very cold, especially in the north where we live. So, with the help of GHNI and some local and foreign friends, we were able to collect about 150 coats. We offered these warm winter clothes to displaced children. 

 

Sewing and Art Project

 

At the moment, we have four sewing machines for the community centre and the women are working hard to provide bedding and some clothes for war victims. At the same time, they learn new skills. One of the women from the sewing class got a job in a sewing establishment this month. 

 

Thank you!

 

Tamara

GHNI TCD Worker

 

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