"Catholicos Karekin II Work Project" 2007 – Building With VivaCell

Habitat For Humanity Armenia
Yerevan 0037, Cholakyan street, No.38
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August 16, 2007, Yerevan Armenia: General Manager of VivaCell Company Mr
Ralph Yirikian and a number of staff members of the company, as well as a
volunteer team from the USA led by Reverend Doctor Kenneth Bensen and
Archbishop Viken Aykazian joined the families of Haroyans and Sargsyans to
help them to finish their house contrsuction.

The team plastered, sanded and painted zealously to get the houses ready for
the homeblessing ceremony on August 18, 2007.

On April 10th 2007 the second annual "His Holiness Karekin II Work Project"
was launched at the Etchmiadzin Gevorgyan seminary, where His Holiness
Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians, blessed the opening.

In the framework of the project 37 families in the 10 communities of Armenia
will complete their house and/or improve their housing conditions by the end
of the year.

VivaCell is the largest local corporate donor of HFH Armenia. The leading
mobile operator of Armenia has made an important commitment to sponsor the
houses of 10 low-income families. "Because we believe in Armenia", said Mr.
Ralph Yirikian during the opening ceremony of His Holiness Karekin II Work
Project in Gevorgian Seminary of Edjmiatsin. Thanks to the good will of
VivaCell these 10 families will move to their simple and decent homes before
the advent of severe Aremnian winter.

Since April a lot of international and local volunteers have participated in
the construction works of these houses.

The family of Haroyans currently lives in their neighbor’s basement with a
rainbow leaking in because of the absence of a roof.Piruza, a mother of
three children, suffers rheumatism due to the humidity. "It is not possible
to live like this any more, I do not know what we would do without the help
of Habitat, VivaCell and volunteers", Piruza said. "Soon we will complete
our own half-built house and will meet our eldest son in our own house after
he returnd from military service

The familiy of Haroyans is one of the 10 families supported by VivaCell. On
August 18, 2007 the church servants will perform the Homeblessing Ceremony
of Haroyans, Misakyans, and Sargsyans` blessing their entry to their simple
and decent homes.

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For information on the His Holiness Karekin II Work Project, please contact:
Gohar Palyan at [email protected] or call

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