Towards the end of February, I had the opportunity to travel to the town of Vardenis with Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) to help with some photos for a project to receive heating in the educational wing St. Astvatsatsin Church. The Sunday school has approximately 100 students who during the winter months have to bear with the brutal cold in this somewhat isolated region outside of Lake Sevan. Vardenis is located in the valley of the Masrik River, 2,006 meters (6,581 feet) above sea level on the southeastern shore of Lake Sevan and is 162 kilometers from Yerevan or around a 2-hour drive with a population of about 12,600 people. The winters in this region can be particularly brutal forcing students to have to wear their heavy winter coats just to keep warm while trying to focus on their studies and crafts which makes the overall experience much less enjoyable. The Sunday school has rooms for dance, carpet making, woodworking, sewing, painting, and arts and crafts.
Thanks to Fund for Armenian Relief and their sponsors they were able to raise enough money to install a new heating system last month which will make the students and teachers much more comfortable during the cold winter months. Fund of Armenian Relief does some amazing work around the country of Armenia and continues to do so for the past 30 years.
Full blog post on FARs website: