Friday, August 28, 2015
For Hovhannes Hambardzumyan and his son, the eventual completion of their dream home in Bambakashat will be a bittersweet victory: Hovhannes' wife, who first conceived the form their home will one day assume and had nurtured this vision over the years, succumbed to cancer almost three months ago, before she could see her dream become reality. Hovhannes has suspended work for the time being in order to mourn, but he is determined to carry on to the end.
The Hambardzumyans proposed to build several additions to their house, including a sitting room and a new, larger kitchen. At the moment, these rooms are only stone-and-mortar shells, but it was the flexible financing offered by Habitat for Humanity that enabled their construction. Hovhannes hopes to flesh out the bare walls and floors, and in so doing to honor the memory of his beloved wife.