Society 15:40 25/02/2020 Armenia

Viva-MTS: Metal shelter became farmer's warehouse

One more family left the metal container house in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri. Viva-MTS and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia continue to contribute to this cause. The metal container that used to be a house with upsetting conditions for life for 35 years is now repurposed into a warehouse to serve to the family engaged in farming. The heads and teams of organizations implementing the house-building project celebrated housewarming with the Yedigaryan family, Viva-MTS said in a press release. 

Like many others, this family, too, was left homeless after the devastating earthquake of 1988. The Yedigaryans were forced to live in the metal container for many years. The family’s grandmother, Tamara, has gone through many difficulties. She lost one of her sons during the earthquake, and the second one died in Nagorno-Karabakh war. Tamara’s third son has health problems.

After many years of difficult life in a metal container, the Yedigaryans were able to purchase an apartment, but because of numerous social and health problems, they were unable to renovate it and to create proper living conditions.

In 2019, the family was involved in the housing project implemented by Viva-MTS and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia. After several months of construction, the family's dream of many years has now come true.

“After so much trouble and suffering, it seems the light is shining. We celebrate the housewarming of our new home with new hope and faith. Thank you for your support,” said Tamara.

“This program makes everyone happy: the family fulfills its long cherished dreams, and the supporting organizations achieve the task set before them. I am glad to state that the metal container with all its inconveniences will no longer morally depress those who used to live in it. Moreover, it will serve to an important purpose for a family engaged in gardening. I also want to believe that only carefree days await this family in this new and bright house,” Viva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said.

“Our organization, together with Viva-MTS, has been helping families to overcome poverty and difficult social conditions they have lived in for many years. In order to overcome the crisis, it is important for the family to have home of their own with decent conditions. The Yedigarians deserved to have such conditions. I am happy for this family,” said Fuller Center for Housing Armenia President Ashot Yeghiazaryan.



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