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

The Avagyan family was given a next chance at life in Tsorategh, pursuing a comprehensive renovation of their ruined property.

The Avagyans, a Household with 6 Children, Return to Their Restored Property in Tsovategh Village

TSOVATEGH, Martuni, Artsakh—The Avagyans, an Armenian relatives of 8, whose household sustained key problems by Azerbaijani shelling final yr, was presented a 2nd likelihood at lifetime in the region.

The Avagyan household residence was renovated many thanks to the efforts of the Tufenkian Basis. Theirs is the initially dwelling restored in a new initiative initiated and undertaken by the Basis, in cooperation with the Hayastan All Armenian Fund.

Tsovategh, a small village located in Artsakh’s Martuni location, is house to a tiny additional than 150 citizens. It was lately made a concentrate on all through hefty bombardment in the area in the program of the 44-day war against Azerbaijan. “Our dwelling was hit 2 times and experienced substantial damage—it was no extended habitable,” discussed Gegham Avagyan, whose loved ones has lived in the village for generations. He, along with his wife Elina, are mother and father to six small children, with a seventh on the way. “We never ever intended on leaving below. This is our household,” Gegham added.

The Avagyan children—Vahram, 15 Raffi, 13 Arinka, 12 Zaqar, 9 Marinka, 7 and Varushik, 5—were enthusiastic to see their as soon as damaged dwelling absolutely renovated in just a few weeks. “We are enthusiastic to shift back again as we be expecting the start of our new sister. She will improve up listed here like we have,” explained Vahram, the eldest of the six.

A veterinarian by education and learning, Gegham intends to proceed and establish his agricultural get the job done by enlarging his farm and planting much more crops this spring. Both equally he and Elina are hopeful that they will also develop their loved ones in the coming yrs. “We want 10 young children. 10 is a fantastic variety,” reported Gegham.

The Avagyan relatives dwelling is the initially of a total of 13 houses in the area, which the Tufenkian Foundation has decided to renovate and restore pursuing the perils of the war. The system will emphasis on Herher and its encompassing villages, such as Tsovategh and Kherkhan, and absolutely renovate residences that have experienced key damages throughout the war, as nicely as the spouse and children properties of fallen soldiers.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of this software, the most important purpose of which is to enable our compatriots return to a ordinary life in their individual houses,” explained Tufenkian Foundation government director Raffi Doudaklian. “We are excited that the Avagyans—a household with 6 children with a seventh on the way—are the first to return to their restored property,” Doudaklian added, during a stop by to the dwelling on Feb. 11, at which the village mayor, Samvel Abrahamyan, was also existing.

According to Mayor Abrahamyan, the renovation plan is an essential way to make certain that the region’s people remain in their villages and enable safeguard their long run success. “Tsovategh is an historic 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 historic church right here. We have to make confident that our villagers continue being here and carry on their families’ legacies,” Abrahamyan said.

Set up in 1999, the Tufenkian Foundation addresses the most urgent social, economic, cultural, and environmental difficulties dealing with Armenia and Artsakh. Since its inception, the Tufenkian Foundation has supported various community initiatives as effectively as civic activism and community advocacy strategies to enable improve life in Armenia, whilst delivering housing, education, social, overall health, and livelihood assist for the Armenians of Artsakh.