Archbishop Vicken Aykazian expressed support for Habitat Armenia’s mission
August 26, 2009
YEREVAN, ARMENIA (August 18, 2009) – Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, legate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and Habitat for Humanity’s international board member, visited offices of Habitat Armenia on Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
The visit was dedicated to the discussion of recent programs and activities of Habitat for Humanity in Armenia. The Archbishop reiterated his full support for the organization’s mission to eliminate poverty housing throughout Armenia.
Since 2006, the Archbishop serves on the international board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and is a member of its Europe committee. His activities range from raising funds, encouraging volunteers to support families in need in Armenia through to volunteering himself at the build sites. He is taking the Armenian Apostolic Church at the lead of the fight against poverty housing in the country.
“Habitat for Humanity is one of the key organizations to care for the poor and the homeless,” said Archbishop Aykazian. “This mission has been working in nearly 100 countries around the world and has been very actively supporting families in Armenia to find solutions for their housing problems.”
As a Christian charity, Habitat for Humanity Armenia has always maintained a close partnership with the Armenian Apostolic Church. The organization is currently working on expanding its relationship with the Armenian Apostolic church and the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Church and the Diocese, Habitat Armenia will be able to support many more families in need of simple, decent homes.
This year, Habitat for Humanity Armenia is completing the implementation of two major home rehabilitation projects in the villages of Khachik and Nshavan, thus increasing the number of families served by 96 families. Since 2000, Habitat for Humanity has extended a hand up to more than 480 Armenian families to obtain decent and secure places to call their home.
True to its mission, Habitat Armenia is preparing for a pilot stage of a project From Survival to Revival in Spitak. This city was in the center of the disastrous 1988 earthquake that took lives of 25,000 people and left another 500,000 homeless. Last year, more than 15,000 families in the region were still homeless or living in temporary shelters and dormitories.
“The support of dedicated people, such as Archbishop Aykazian, who believe in what Habitat is doing in Armenia is very encouraging,” said Irina Vanyan, Habitat for Humanity Armenia executive director. “Together, by joining our efforts with committed individuals and organizations, we will continue our fight against substandard housing and homelessness in Armenia.”
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 350,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 20 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org.