There are total of 763 people living in three border-villages of Vayots Dzor region of Armenia: Sers, Bardzruni and Nor Aznaberd. These people live right on the border and they are not simply living there – they are keeping the border and their stay in their own villages is critically and strategically important not only for the whole region, but also for the whole country.
Agriculture is the main source of income for many people living in these communities although reserved community lands are not being used for agricultural purposes due to the bordering location of these villages. People are mainly occupied with horticulture, cattle-breeding and beekeeping. The majority of men living in these communities are Contract Soldiers who are on duty on the border 15 days a month.
Like last year, this year also, prior to the New Year and Christmas celebrations, the Armenian Diocese of Canada provided financial support to the children living in the border-villages mentioned above. The Primate of the Diocese His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, together with the administrative staff members of the Diocesan Children’s Fund for Armenia (CFFA) organized a fundraising for bordering villages of Vayots Dzor region. The money was sent and distributed to the children prior to the holidays.
On December 28, 2016, there was a festive mood in these communities. Children were making Christmas Cards and sending their gratitude and greetings to their friends living on the other side of the world. On behalf of the beneficiary communities we extend our deepest gratitude to everyone involved in this very important initiative. Your support was critically important in easing the financial burden that each family faces daily when living in border-communities with extremely limited income opportunities.