After three decades of living in a metal container, the Avetisyans will have a new home
The 2016 housing project invested by VivaCell-MTS and implemented by Fuller Center for Housing Armenia, launched in early spring, is coming to an end. The heads of the organizations and the employees participated as volunteers in the construction works of the Avetisyan family in Zarinja village of Aragatsotn region helping the Avetisyans, who had been living in a metal container for 30 years, to fulfill their dream.
The Avetisyans moved to live in a metal container after the destructive earthquake in 1988. The same year they undertook the construction of their house with the hope to have a home. Now, after three decades of awaiting their dream comes into true as a result of VivaCell-MTS and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia support.
«My elder son was several months old when our house was destroyed, and we moved to a metal container. The other two sons were born here. Now my three sons are already young men but they have never felt the happiness of living in a decent home. Three decades of awaiting... and now we are rewarded with a decent home thanks to you. It took 30 years to build a home; and now, finally, we are finishing the construction, » said the father of the family, Garegin.
As a result of a-five-year partnership, through housing project, 15 families have built and or renovated their houses in Aragatsotn region.
«Nothing is more gratifying than the readiness to help. If each of us extend a helping hand to a person in need and wake optimism in the future, we will all succeed. Leaving people alone with their problems and remaining indifferent to them are the greatest evils. Our partnership with “Fuller Center for Housing”, being a social investment program, has another long-term mission: it is a call to all of us not to remain indifferent, » said VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.
«Based on work, I have been in different parts of Armenia and met many families in need of decent housing, and I should say that there is still a lot of work to be done. The temporary shelter, be it a metal container, a basement of a half-built house or a soil house, should be temporary and not for a whole life. This family is one of the thousands of families in Armenia who have been deprived of basic conditions for many years. Instead of the 41 families planned to be assisted this year it was possible to solve the problem of the housing need for 42 families; 21 families have renovated their houses and 21 will complete the construction of their half-built houses, » said Fuller Center for Housing Armenia President Ashot Yeghiazaryan.
In 2016, VivaCell-MTS invested more than AMD105 million for the housing project. In five years, more than AMD333 million have been invested. As a result of the partnership the housing problem of 135 families have been solved.