On the second day that we were in Artsakh, I marked the second time in my life that I have climbed a mountain in Converse. Luckily, we had Pavel Sargsyan's trusty 1948 army Jeep (kept in completely perfect condition) to carry us up some of the way, but at the end of the road, there was still a two hour hike up the steep slope.Read More
In a way, it all started with FAR, the Fund for Armenian Relief. Last year we met Helena Melkonian to talk about their Ayo! crowdfunding project, and she was the first one to tell us about their work in the border villages. I still remember sitting across the table from her, amazed as she told us about their project to build a wall around the school in Aygepar, and how the villagers, and even schoolchildren donated their last spare change to help the project.Read More
A little over a year ago, Arsholuys left her home in Beirut to come teach English and French in Berd, a small city in Armenia’s Tavush region. She was, of course, apprehensive about leaving her home, but inspired by a desire to come back to her homeland.
“My friends all knew that I loved Armenia and I wanted to help Armenia,” she told us. “So when one of them found this opportunity, they told me immediately.”
When we met Arsho over the summer, she had finished her first year teaching in Berd, and had fallen in love with the area and its people.
“I can’t imagine what I’ll do when my two years is over,” she said, telling us how she has already started looking for opportunities to stay in Armenia.
We were incredibly fortunate to have Arsholuys as our translator, traveling through many of the villages in Tavush with us. She was also an invaluable guide and friend during our time in Berd...Read More