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AGBU YP YEREVAN EXTENDS A HELPING HAND TO BUILD A HOUSE KARAPETYANS’ DREAM TO HAVE A HOUSE CAME TRUE

24 members of the Young Professionals (YP) Yerevan team of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) together with Fuller Center for Housing Armenia visited Geghard village of Kotayk region to help build a home for the Karapetyan family. The family of six will soon have its own house. With the support of the Fuller Center, “Tufenkian” and “Hye Dzmer Pap” charity foundations, and VivaCell company, the family of Karapetyans living in the Geghard village of Kotayk region purchased a small land at first. The Karapetyan family was finally able to see their lifelong dream of owning a home come true. For the last 19 years the family of 6 has lived in indescribable conditions in a cabin made of scrap metal donated by the village authorities. “We only had this small cabin, which the village authorities had donated to us. It’s a metal cabin with a leaking roof and imagine how cold it was in the wintertime. It was out biggest dream to have our home”, said Senik Karapetyan, father of the family. Learning about the poor social conditions of the family several organizations joined efforts and provided the family with a long-term interest free loan. At first they bought the land and then started building the house. Initiators and AGBU YP Yerevan extended a helping hand to help complete the construction of the house. Eldest son of the Karapetyans is an active participant of the building process. He is currently serving in the Armenian army. The family is planning to finish the construction of the house before their son’s return from the army. Since 2000 the Fuller center has helped more than 500 families to build their houses. AGBU has worked with the Fuller Center for three years and helped construct homes for families like the Karapetyans all around Armenia.