Even after the third armistice, this time initiated by the USA, hopes for a speedy resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict have not risen. We are again receiving accounts of truce violations and further losses. There is no end to the suffering...
Since the beginning of last week, our partner organisation, the Spitak YMCA, has been needed more than ever.
Numbers of COVID cases in Armenia have risen sharply and Spitak's hospital has been declared an emergency facility once again. In this context, the Spitak YMCA was again asked to help provide aid to the hospital.
The group of Nagorno-Karabakh refugees, consisting of five adults and 14 children, are provided with childcare and occupation. Some of them are helping to prepare meals for the hospital. Others provide childcare at the Spitak YMCA's own kindergarten, which is now attended by children from both Spitak and Nagorno-Karabakh. Still others help out as harvest hands in the Spitak YMCA's garden. The adults are also invited to take part in conversation groups to talk about their situation.
A small ray of hope for the future in these dark times.
The Spitak YMCA's garden and agricultural project has now largely been rebuilt and the remaining fruit trees have brought a rich harvest. The planned repairs and planting of new trees have been complicated by the two crises since May 2020. To date, only 72 of the 132 destroyed trees have been replanted. We hope to at least repair the hail protection net before winter in order to shelter the remaining plants.
Our crowdfunding campaign through "I care for you" has been a great success. Our donation goal was reached in four days, providing the Spitak YMCA with funds for 30 days. We are now continuing to collect donations, as there is no end in sight to the crises and we would like the Spitak YMCA's aid to be available to as many people as possible.
Our crowdfunding campaign has attracted media attention, and ref.ch and Radio Lifechannel have published news reports on our efforts. These articles were shared many times on social media, leading the YMCA Europe to inform its members about the Spitak YMCA's invaluable work.
We ask you again to share the following link in support for our campaign: