Fuel Through Firewood: Gyumri Winter 2014-15
Gyumri is Armenia’s second largest city with the poorest population, including single mothers and the elderly. Following the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake, in which more than 25,000 people lost their lives and more than 100,000 people were left homeless, Gyumri’s residents did whatever they could to find temporary shelter. This included moving into “domiks,” the overseas shipping containers in which earthquake related humanitarian goods were shipped to Armenia. 24 years following the earthquake, about 4,000 poverty stricken families remain in various forms of temporary housing. In addition to inadequate housing, unemployment and rampant poverty, Gyumri’s people are also faced with extreme winters.
The harsh winters and extreme poverty lead to people picking through trash to find something that they can burn to keep warm and cook food for their families. Due to the intense cold weather and toxic fumes, children often get sick and are unable to attend school.
This effort will ensure that 90 families in Gyumri will receive fuel for heating and cooking through firewood for month’s period. Our partner for this project, Shirak Center NGO, will help distribute the firewood to the families.
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Ms. Elise YacoubianLa Crescenta, CA
Mr. Robert KarayanSwitzerland
Aram, Arek, & Haig KedeshianPasadena, CA
Ms. Nancy R. KolligianWatertown, MA
Mr. & Mrs. Mihran & Elizabeth AgbabianLos Angeles, CA
Mr. Stephan ZeytountsianNetherlands
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Distributions to families in need were completed by the Shirak Centre, NGO. Our sincere appreciation to the Shirak Centre staff and volunteers who made this project possible.