Friday, November 21, 2014

Lusine Khachatryan's family

Lusine Khachatryan 
When we approached the home of Lusine Khachatryan, we were welcomed by her warm smile and gracious persona. This family consists of six members- two grandchildren, son, daughter-in-law, and grandparents, Mrs. Lusine Khachatryan and Mr. Khachatryan. Lusine and her husband are pensioners, and the sole breadwinner of the family is their son, Samvel, a taxi driver.
Mr. Khachatryan’s father built their home in the 1930s. Every year the family tries to improve their living condition by refurbishing one part of the home. This year, they want to speed up the process due to their growing grandchildren. Thanks to their partnership with Habitat, the family was able to install new windows and doors, and build an indoor bathroom. Outhouses are popular in Armenia, and with the harsh winter, the situation is often unpleasant and not safe for young children.
“We are so thankful for Habitat. Without Habitat’s assistant, I do not know when my son will be able to put in our new bathroom,” said Mrs. Khachatryan.

When we asked for Mrs. and Mr. Khachatryan’s photo, the married couple was shy to pose together for the camera. When we asked why, Mrs. Khachatryan replied, “We have not taken a photo in so long, I don’t know how to behave.” Mr. Khachatryan laughed and said, “This is how!” and threw his arms around her and her face was crimson.
Mr. and Mrs. Khachatryan
Mr. Khachatryan wants to work and do more for the family, but due to his declining health, it is difficult for him to aid his wife with the cultivation of their land. He said, “I wish I can do more to help my son and wife, but since I can’t, I am very thankful for Habitat’s support.” 
We walked away from the Khachatryan’s family with a light heart, they brought much laughter into our trip, and we’re so happy to be a part of their new home.

Until next time, keep thinking positive thoughts!
Toquyen Doan
Peace Corps Volunteer
Armenia 2013-2015

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