PRESS RELEASE: Armenia Marriott Hotel Staff Members Worked On Habita


For immediate release

August 27, 2005

Contact at HFH Armenia: Haykuhi Khachatryan
Communications Coordinator for HFH Armenia
[email protected]
Aygestan 8-th STR, h 5,
Yerevan-070, Armenia
Tel: (374 10) 556-114

E-mail: [email protected]

Armenia Marriott Hotel staff members worked on Habitat for Humanity
Armenia building site in the village of Mayakovski, region of Kotayk.

It became a continuing tradition that Armenia Marriott Hotel and
Habitat for Humanity Armenia started last year: to partner and build
together. On August 27 Armenia Marriott Hotel associates: General
Managers, administrative employees, receptionists, bellmen were in
the village of Mayakovski to help build a house for a disadvantaged
family. A group consisting of 14 staff members did not waste an
opportunity to help Ahmadyans family of seven get their first ever
decent and affordable house and a possibility to raise their five
children in safe and healthy conditions. This family lived in a metal
container more then 8 years. During the construction works the floors
in the house were laid. This expression of good will is a wonderful
example of Serving the Communities and bringing the God’s Love into
Action. Marriott associates have demonstrated their willingness to
help those in need contributing their volunteer labor into building
homes, communities and links between people of different backgrounds
and professions. This is also a very bright example of the Marriott’s
‘spirit to serve’ philosophy, which perfectly corresponds to the
Habitat for Humanity’s principals. It is an example of Habitat’s model
of neighbors helping neighbors to build better communities. By winter
Ahmadyan’s family will move into their new built house.

“I know about partnership between Habitat and Marriott in other
countries and I am very excited that Armenia Marriott Hotel team has
one more opportunity to be next to those in need. I also hope that
the partnership between two corporations in Armenia will become a
tradition as well. We are looking forward to see our communities strong
and prosperous in the future and will contribute our volunteer labor
as much as we can.” – said the General Manager of Armenia Marriott
Hotel Katrin Hentszel during the construction works in the village
of Mayakovski.

Marriott and Habitat for Humanity International developed a global
partnership in 1995 to help create more housing builds throughout the
world. Since then Marriott has contributed volunteer labor and funds
toward the completion of more than 50 homes in seven countries. Now,
Armenia joins the countries, where Marriott is involved in Habitat

Habitat for Humanity Armenia is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity
International and supports community development in the Republic of
Armenia by assisting in the construction and renovation of simple,
decent and affordable homes. The purpose of the organization is to
help families in need improve their living conditions, to raise funds
to support the vital work, and to give hope to thousands of people
across the country. The organization was formed in March of 2000 and,
to date, has dedicated 122 homes and given shelter to 693 people.

Sub-standard housing is all too common in Armenia. Many families live
in deteriorated housing, in cramped quarters with inadequate water
and heat. HFH Armenia’s selected target group is families living in
substandard, over-crowded and unacceptable living quarters. This group
comprises more than 50-60% of the country’s current population. These
families are unable to purchase their own homes, as they do not have
sufficient income to save to pay for the entire house cost up front,
nor can they risk, or would they be eligible for, a high-interest
loan from a commercial lender.

Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a
non-denominational Christian, non-governmental, non-profit housing
organization that has helped more than 1.000.000 people of all races,
religions and backgrounds to have a simple, decent and affordable place
to live. Habitat for Humanity is active in 100 countries worldwide,
including 19 in Europe and Central Asia.


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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