For 25 years, the Babayans have been celebrating the New Year in a metal container. The extremely modest size of the Christmas tree has always been adapted to the space, and the family’s only dream of having a home has remained unchanged. Three children have grown up in an unattractive 27-square-meter iron shelter. The first grandchild of the Babayans was also born there; whose childhood, fortunately, will not be the same. This New Year has entered the family’s life with everything-new principle. Another metal container together with its memories will be forgotten, and the Babayans will live in a four-room spacious home.
The Babayans from Kanakeravan community of the Kotayk region celebrated the Old New Year with the heads of Viva-MTS and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia, the organizations that assisted them in turning the semi-built building into a house. For the long-time partners, not only the improvement of housing conditions is a substantial accomplishment but also the positive psychological changes in the lives of the families.
The mother of the family has dreamed of spacious and bright rooms in a clean and cozy house not only during the holidays but every morning, for 25 years. Now the dreams and the sad look on their face have changed.
“During the winter months, the thin iron walls of the metal container did not keep the heat of the burning stove inside. The temperature inside was dropping instantly. The kitchen was outside; I do not even want to talk about the bathroom… People were hosting guests on holidays, but in our metal container, there wasn’t even a place to sit. Unquestionably, it was difficult. Today, it all seems like a bad dream. Without any support, who knows how many years the state of being deprived of a decent home would have lasted,” said Armida, the housewife.
The success of the housing project, implemented by Viva-MTS and the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia already for 10 years, speaks for itself; 391 families have been assisted in all regions of Armenia.
“It has been ten years of the housing program now. It may seem to remain unchanging over years, yet there are details. There are two things in common: the dream cherished by families and our goals. The rest varies: the lives of these people, who have gone through hardships, vary. Each of them has its own story of overcoming hardships. Our purpose is to help people overcome despair, creating perspectives for them and strengthening their will and faith. I am sure that new conditions of living and the very fact of having a shoulder to rely on will dramatically change the life of this family. The change is the measure with which we assess the successfulness of the project,” Viva-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian said.
“The goal of our program is to solve the housing problem of families in need of housing, to provide the basic conditions. A person, relieved of social problems, feels free to create, enjoy the present, and set far-reaching plans for the future. We try to give that opportunity to people,” said Ashot Yeghiazaryan, the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia President.
In 2021, 87 families benefitted from the housing project being implemented in 10 regions of Armenia.
Viva-MTS (MTS Armenia CJSC) is Armenia’s leading telecommunications operator, having the widest network reach and spreading a wide range of Voice and Data services all across Armenia. Having the best of the Armenian people at heart since its launch on 1st July 2005 and in a short period of time Viva-MTS has managed to build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base. Viva-MTS drives innovation and aims at always being at the forefront of any development serving the Armenian mobile communications market. The company follows the guidance provided by ISO 26000 (International Standard of Social Responsibility), ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System) and ISO 37001 (International anti-bribery management systems standard).
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS”) is the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 86.5 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Armenia and Belarus. Since June Y2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at: www.mtsgsm.com
Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is a non-governmental, charitable organization that supports community development in the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh by assisting in building and renovating simple, decent and affordable homes, as well as advocating the right to a decent shelter as a matter of conscience and action. FCHA provides long-term, interest-free loans to low-income families. The monthly repayments flow into a Revolving Fund, which is used to help more families, thereby providing a financial foundation for sustainable development. Since 2008 the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia has assisted over 1298 families. For more information, please visit www.fcharmenia.org or email us at email@example.com