In Armenia and Romania it gets a lot colder in the winter months than in our latitudes. Therefore worrying about a warm room, enough food and appropriate clothing is more than justified. We help with our annual Christmas campaign!
Last year we introduced you to Astghik (29), Ishkhan (30) and their children Karen (9), Aren (8), Marusya, Asya (both 6) and Mane (5). Father Ishkhan is a professional soldier. The total monthly income is around 270 euros – nowhere near enough to support two adults and five children. The family rented a shabby house and there was usually not enough money for healthy food, clothing and heating material.
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to provide this and other families with many necessary things. Mother Astghik writes: “Today is a feast day for our children. They were very happy about the beautiful gifts and lots of groceries. We were happy to receive warm winter jackets, winter shoes, socks, potatoes and much more. The different foods will be enough for many tasty meals. God protect your families, we are so grateful!“
More Families need Help
We met the Hovhannisyan family three years ago when they were still living in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh). At that time we were able to help the family with a washing machine. Now, after the war, we met them again. They now live in the city of Hrazdan, about 20 km from Yerevan. Their village was shelled and eventually captured, and they had to leave all their possessions behind while trying to escape. Arsen (44) and Haykanush (36) now live with their children Anush (11), Wahe (10), Narek (9), Vahan (7), Ani (5), Anna (4), Tatev (3) and Artyom (1) with Hajkanush’s mother. Brother Emin (33) lives there, too, with his wife Mariam (30) and the children Armine (8), Mher (7) and David (5).
Haykanush suffers from a thrombosis and has already had surgery. Arsen is desperate for work, but can’t find any. The whole family lives on about 162 euros in social assistance. This is not even enough for the bare essentials. As a result, there is a lack of everything from clothing and food to heating material and school supplies. “We had warm clothes,” says the oldest daughter Anush. “But we had to leave almost everything behind.”
Please help the Hovhannisyan family and other families to get through the winter time. And pray also for the inner and outer healing of the many people affected by the consequences of the war.
The Christmas Campaign for Casa Ray
In 2021 the Casa Ray saw many changes. The death of Mama Tatiana in November 2020 tore a deep hole because, like a mother, she was always there for “her” children. In order to continue her work, three employees had to be hired. This was all the more necessary as six new children came to the home within a short period of time, bringing with them all their bad memories and trauma. These children will now be able to spend their first Christmas in safety and joyful company.
The Casa Ray team is particularly concerned about the rising maintenance costs, especially for energy. After the solar panels were lost in a fire six years ago, they could not be replaced yet. This makes hot water preparation, which is operated with electricity independently of the heating, particularly expensive. But the other energy costs are also rising sharply. The costs for firewood are calculated at around 630 euros per month for the winter season (the heating is completely powered by wood), with the remaining energy costs around 700 euros.
Let the Christmas and winter time be a warm and hopeful time for the children at Casa Ray! Give them the opportunity to spend the contemplative days in warm rooms with good food – and a small present for each child. Mihai Gavril as well as Matei and Madalina Gavril thank you for every donation!
50 kilograms of potatoes and vegetables – 30 euros
A pair of sturdy winter shoes and a winter jacket -100 euros
Heating costs (Armenia) – approx. 130 euros / month / family
A small gift for those in need – from 20 euros
The current flyer (in German) for the Christmas campaign can be downloaded here.