The road to Hartashen is almost always foggy and the streets in the village are full of muddy puddles.
Everyday when the boys come back from school, they’re muddy up to their knees. Their mother worries not so much about handwashing their clothes as much as she does about not being able to buy them new shoes.
As of this year, Narek and Vahe have become beneficiaries of FAR’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). This means that one of many donor families in the U.S. will send financial support to these fatherless children at least once a year.
And while 35-year-old Armine’s greatest worry is being able to purchase winter shoes for her children, her eldest son Narek dreams of owning a computer.
“Mom,” he says, “aren’t those donors sending us money so that you can buy something for me?” Armine replies, “But I can’t this time. The kitchen and hallway ceilings are leaking – we have to renovate the roof so that we don’t freeze in the winter.”
“This was a gift from God – the way this door opened for us. I applied to the program two years ago and they just contacted me to let me know we’ve been accepted. Otherwise, my children would be coming home to ice. But I promised them, if nothing happens to them and I don’t need to spend money on them next year, I’ll buy them a computer with the benefactors’ gift,” Armine added.