YEREVAN — The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia (FCHA) announced that it will build and renovate 100 homes between now and December 2015 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The project, called “Honoring 100 Years by Saving 100 Families,” will be driven by charitable contributions to give low-income and homeless families a safe and decent home, while emphasizing the importance of families remaining in Armenia on a permanent basis.
Armenians worldwide are welcomed to support this project and honor the memories of their loved ones who were martyrs or survivors of the Armenian Genocide. A donation of $10,500 will sponsor a single, completed home. The beneficiary family will receive a personalized, commemorative plaque inscribed with the donor’s choice of message or dedication. When a donation is less than a single home sponsorship, FCHA will combine the contributions it receives with other gifts and assign a beneficiary family when $10,500 has been collected. All donors will receive a profile of the beneficiary family with photos showing their current living conditions. When construction is completed, all donors will receive a certificate from FCHA and photos of the new house.
“We are reaching out to our compatriots around the world to partner with us on this new campaign. We hope that families in the Diaspora will come together and support the construction of homes in the names of their loved ones. Our objective is to commemorate the Armenian Genocide in a respectful and positive way by addressing the needs of Armenia’s most vulnerable population, namely our homeless,” stated Ashot Yeghiazaryan, president of the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia.
“Since 2000, the FCHA team has been working in Armenia to eliminate poverty housing; so far we have assisted over 650 families. However, the housing need in Armenia is still high. Over 64,000 families (about 8% of population) need to either build or renovate their homes. We have seen that helping one family at a time is making a difference for a lifetime, and impacting more than one generation. We have established the campaign, ‘Honoring 100 Years by Saving 100 Families,’ to allow us to share our love and dedication with more people who need simple and affordable housing,” Yeghiazaryan concluded.
In June 2013, the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia celebrated its 5th anniversary. On this occasion, many longtime and new partners participated in the construction of homes, including Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan, KPMG, U.S. Embassy, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), and Christian Youth Mission for Armenia (CYMA).
The Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is a non-government, charitable organization that supports community development in the Republic of Armenia by assisting in building and renovating simple, decent and affordable homes, as well as advocating the right to decent shelter as a matter of conscience and action. FCHA provides long-term, interest-free loans to low-income families. The monthly repayments flow into a Revolving Fund, which is used to help more families make the transition out of poverty housing. This system provides a financial structure for sustainable community development.
To Honor 100 Years by Saving 100 Families, please send donations to The Fuller Center for Housing, Inc., PO Box 523, Americus, Georgia 31709. Please write “Armenia-100” in the memo line of your check. To donate online, please visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/FCH_Armenia100. If a donor or group of donors wishes to sponsor a single, completed home at $10,500, please email FCHA at [email protected] to provide your message or dedication for the plaque for the beneficiary family.
For more information and to learn about summer volunteer opportunities with our 2014 Global Builders program, please visit www.fullercenterarmenia.org or email [email protected].