The Avagyan family was given a second chance at life in Tsorategh, following a complete renovation of their damaged home.

The Avagyan relatives was supplied a next likelihood at everyday living in Tsorategh, next a comprehensive renovation of their destroyed home.

The Avagyans, a Spouse and children with 6 Young children, Return to Their Restored House in Tsovategh Village

TSOVATEGH, Martuni, Artsakh—The Avagyans, an Armenian household of 8, whose property sustained big destruction by Azerbaijani shelling final calendar year, was presented a second chance at lifetime in the region.

The Avagyan spouse and children home was renovated thanks to the endeavours of the Tufenkian Basis. Theirs is the to start with dwelling restored in a new initiative initiated and undertaken by the Basis, in cooperation with the Hayastan All Armenian Fund.

Tsovategh, a compact village positioned in Artsakh’s Martuni location, is dwelling to a very little a lot more than 150 residents. It was not too long ago built a concentrate on in the course of heavy bombardment in the location in the class of the 44-working day war against Azerbaijan. “Our residence was strike 2 times and endured significant damage—it was no for a longer time habitable,” spelled out Gegham Avagyan, whose family members has lived in the village for generations. He, alongside with his spouse Elina, are mothers and fathers to six youngsters, with a seventh on the way. “We never supposed on leaving listed here. This is our residence,” Gegham added.

The Avagyan children—Vahram, 15 Raffi, 13 Arinka, 12 Zaqar, 9 Marinka, 7 and Varushik, 5—were fired up to see their as soon as weakened dwelling wholly renovated in just a couple of months. “We are psyched to shift again as we be expecting the start of our new sister. She will develop up below like we have,” stated Vahram, the eldest of the six.

A veterinarian by education, Gegham intends to keep on and build his agricultural operate by enlarging his farm and planting a lot more crops this spring. The two he and Elina are hopeful that they will also broaden their family in the coming a long time. “We want 10 children. Ten is a superior number,” explained Gegham.

The Avagyan spouse and children house is the initially of a total of 13 houses in the location, which the Tufenkian Basis has made the decision to renovate and restore subsequent the perils of the war. The system will target on Herher and its surrounding villages, together with Tsovategh and Kherkhan, and absolutely renovate residences that have endured major damages during the war, as very well as the spouse and children houses of fallen soldiers.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of this program, the major goal of which is to enable our compatriots return to a normal life in their possess households,” mentioned Tufenkian Foundation executive director Raffi Doudaklian. “We are psyched that the Avagyans—a loved ones with six small children with a seventh on the way—are the to start with to return to their restored household,” Doudaklian extra, for the duration of a go to to the home on Feb. 11, at which the village mayor, Samvel Abrahamyan, was also existing.

In accordance to Mayor Abrahamyan, the renovation program is an important way to make sure that the region’s citizens remain in their villages and support safeguard their long term accomplishment. “Tsovategh is an ancient Armenian village that has been all-around for extra than a millennium. We’ve uncovered an eighth-century khatchkar (cross-stone) below we have an historical church listed here. We have to make certain that our villagers continue to be below and have on their families’ legacies,” Abrahamyan claimed.

Founded in 1999, the Tufenkian Foundation addresses the most urgent social, economic, cultural, and environmental troubles experiencing Armenia and Artsakh. Considering that its inception, the Tufenkian Foundation has supported various local community initiatives as perfectly as civic activism and public advocacy campaigns to assist boost daily life in Armenia, although delivering housing, schooling, social, health and fitness, and livelihood guidance for the Armenians of Artsakh.