Thursday, August 6, 2015
Nora Aghamalyan and her husband, Volodya, live in the village of Ddmashen in Gegharkunik province. Their three sons spend most of the year in Russia, having found work there in the construction industry. Recently, the family completed a long-running and extensive renovation of their home’s interior, achieved with the help of Habitat for Humanity's lending program. Prior to their current residence, the Aghamalyans lived for a time in Ddmashen's unused community center until they were able to scrape together enough money to purchase a home of their own.
Entering Nora and Volodya's home in its current state, rejuvenated and tastefully decorated, where once was but the bare skeleton of a house, one is struck both by the radical transformation that has occurred and the obvious joy and pride it has given this family, long accustomed to worry and hardship.