Fuel Through Firewood: Gyumri Winter 2013-14
Gyumri is Armenia’s second largest city. 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. 25 years following the earthquake, almost 4,000 poverty stricken families remain continue to live in unsafe and dilapidated buildings and the rusted remains of overseas shipping containers. In addition to inadequate housing, unemployment and rampant poverty, Gyumri’s people are 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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Mr. David YaldezianLa Habra, CA
AnonymousSanta Cruz, CA
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Distributions of firewood began with the help of the Shirak Center NGO staff and volunteers.
Three months of firewood distributions came to an end. 90 families received firewood to use as fuel to stay warm and prepare food.