Most of us have been blessed in our lives. By acknowledging and understanding that not everyone is as fortunate, we can take action to change lives.
Here are some of the stories we wanted to share .
Despite the injustices of life from an early age, Manvel has never given up. On the contrary, he always fights for his rights. At Orran, he attends woodworking classes, loves to create, and is very excited when he takes home the proceeds from the sale of his art work at Orran. He smiles and says that the last time he received 4,000 drams, he and his grandmother went for food shopping.
Manvel stands out with his acting and painting talent. Every time Orran is visited by celebrities from different fields, he takes photos with them and carries on a pleasant conversation. Not to be outdone, he is always proud to have a large collection of photos with notable people. He says that the last time he managed to take a photo with the RA President and the RA Prime Minister. Orran has a big place in Manvel's life. His dream is to succeed, so that he can take care of his aging grandparents. Manvel often says he knows his dream will come true because he has Orran as family.
It was discussed and decided among the children and their teacher. The proceeds of the sale of the pottery made at Orran by the children would go to renovating the old canon sitting at Orran’s warehouse. As for the musical lesson, Edgar Gyanjumyan, the director of Kristapor Kushnaryan Art School in Yerevan would lend his assitance with a full scholarship.
Today, Lilia plays her favorite instrument and is doing quite well in music school,
For the first time at the end of the day, Harutyun, like other children at Orran, having received a 200 dram fare for transportation headed what seemed to be home. His mother was waiting for him on the way. Seeing Harutyun was not coming, his mother anxiously called Orran. Everyone was worried and started making phone calls to people who could possibly know where he went. As it turned out later, when he was being searched for, our little hero decided to take a little detour and walk in the city center to spend his 200 drams which he did on his favorite donut.
It is true that it was a tense day for Orran, but Harutyun remembers his “adventure” with a smile and says it was an unforgettable day.
Today Anna is a loving wife and mother to 2 children and lives in Yerevan. She currently has resumed her studies at the University which she had interrupted when forming a family.
Orran discussed the situation with the Society of Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) and asked for their help.
It did not take long for SOAR to purchase an apartment for the two brothers who happily live together under a warm roof.
Today, Hayk and his 3 partners have set up a rabbit breeding micro business, raising rabbits for food and as pets. He is able to generate an income to support his family, and who knows, he may yet become a top breeder in his field.
Blessed be the day that I met Raffi Hovanissian on the street. I approached him for help. He gave me a hug and walked me to Orran. The food at Orran is so plentiful that I secretly hide part of it and take it to my grandchildren. I know I am not allowed to do that, but how can I not, when I know my little ones are waiting hungry to see what grandma has for them.”