The Avagyans, a Loved ones with Six Children, Return to Their Restored Property in Tsovategh Village
TSOVATEGH, Martuni, Artsakh—The Avagyans, an Armenian loved ones of eight, whose home sustained major injury by Azerbaijani shelling final year, was specified a 2nd probability at everyday living in the area.
The Avagyan household home was renovated thanks to the efforts of the Tufenkian Basis. Theirs is the initial household restored in a new initiative initiated and carried out by the Foundation, in cooperation with the Hayastan All Armenian Fund.
Tsovategh, a smaller village situated in Artsakh’s Martuni location, is property to a tiny additional than 150 inhabitants. It was just lately created a target throughout heavy bombardment in the location in the training course of the 44-working day war from Azerbaijan. “Our property was strike two times and suffered considerable damage—it was no longer habitable,” stated Gegham Avagyan, whose household has lived in the village for generations. He, alongside with his wife Elina, are mother and father to 6 small children, with a seventh on the way. “We by no means intended on leaving right here. This is our home,” Gegham included.
The Avagyan children—Vahram, 15 Raffi, 13 Arinka, 12 Zaqar, 9 Marinka, 7 and Varushik, 5—were fired up to see their after harmed residence fully renovated in just a handful of months. “We are thrilled to go back as we assume the start of our new sister. She will expand up in this article like we have,” stated Vahram, the eldest of the 6.
A veterinarian by education and learning, Gegham intends to keep on and acquire his agricultural operate by enlarging his farm and planting a lot more crops this spring. Both of those he and Elina are hopeful that they will also extend their relatives in the coming years. “We want 10 little ones. 10 is a superior selection,” mentioned Gegham.
The Avagyan spouse and children home is the to start with of a full of 13 properties in the region, which the Tufenkian Basis has made a decision to renovate and restore next the perils of the war. The system will focus on Herher and its encompassing villages, like Tsovategh and Kherkhan, and totally renovate residences that have experienced important damages in the course of the war, as effectively as the family members residences of fallen troopers.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of this program, the most important intent of which is to aid our compatriots return to a normal existence in their have homes,” said Tufenkian Foundation executive director Raffi Doudaklian. “We are excited that the Avagyans—a family with six young children with a seventh on the way—are the to start with to return to their restored property,” Doudaklian additional, during a stop by to the residence on Feb. 11, at which the village mayor, Samvel Abrahamyan, was also present.
In accordance to Mayor Abrahamyan, the renovation program is an critical way to guarantee that the region’s inhabitants stay in their villages and assist safeguard their long term good results. “Tsovategh is an ancient Armenian village that has been all around for more than a millennium. We’ve uncovered an eighth-century khatchkar (cross-stone) listed here we have an historical church here. We have to make positive that our villagers keep on being right here and have on their families’ legacies,” Abrahamyan explained.
Established in 1999, the Tufenkian Basis addresses the most pressing social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues struggling with Armenia and Artsakh. Considering the fact that its inception, the Tufenkian Basis has supported numerous community initiatives as very well as civic activism and general public advocacy campaigns to assistance improve daily life in Armenia, whilst furnishing housing, schooling, social, health, and livelihood help for the Armenians of Artsakh.