Louisa Baghdasaryan is particularly busy these days. As Coordinator of the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, she is preparing a number of May events to garner greater support for FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH). Louisa will present at the annual meeting of the Women’s Guild on May 7, in addition to giving presentations during the Annual Assembly of the Diocese, which will be held in Washington, DC, from May 7th to 9th.
Back in December, Louisa visited VOAH to become better familiarized with the facility, the activities of its residents, and to better understand the challenges the administration is coping with. The most crucial of these is the poor condition of the road leading to the home. Damaged and filled with potholes, it causes trouble for anyone traveling to and from the building. Most importantly, however, is that it can delay the arrival of an ambulance during an emergency.
Louisa’s efforts are primarily focused on raising funds to renovate the road and they will supplement those already been raised by VOAH supporter Sahan Arzruni. Louisa will speak about everything she witnessed during her visit, including several one-on-one experiences she had with VOAH residents. One that particularly struck her was 81-year-old Seda Ghazaryan, who found a home at VOAH after 48 years of working at a kindergarten, a garment factory, and a hospital to make ends meet.
Seda is very happy that VOAH has enabled her to finally obtain the “family” she was never able to have. “The nurses at VOAH are just brilliant. They help me a lot. I feel at home when they speak to me in a pleasant, sweet way. What else could an old lady like me need from life at this age? I live here as my heart wants. I go outside when I want to, buy food, and ask the cook here to cook it for me. Then I eat along with the others,” she said. “Nothing has been or will ever be perfect in one’s life. But life is good here and I am satisfied.”
Since 2002, FAR has handled everyday activities and day-to-day operations for the elderly of VOAH through direct care and access to medical care and social services.