Karabakh War Veteran’s Children in Need. You Can Help!

Armen Avetisyan, a soldier known for his feat in the village of Achajur, has been defending the border near to the village of Vazashen, since 1988 when the Karabakh War started. He took part in the fights in Lachin corridor, on the Karabakh front, was wounded twice. 

Armen, 44, is on a military service day and night. He rarely sees his family.

The price for the 20 years of service to the fatherland for, a father of 6, is this extreme poverty. A seventh child is due any day, will be a boy again.

Armen tried to renovate the house, to expand it to have his son married, but he did not manage to finish it. The home remained trapped in the cold winds, because there was no means for repair. They will spend the winter months in the lower story now resembling a shed with a dirt floor, broken window panes and pealing walls.

A gas pipe stretches above their gate, but there is no money to have it connected, so they will be forced again to somehow find wood to heat the house this winter.

The HyeSanta project by ArmeniaNow.com is trying to help (click here to donate). So is Armenian blogger Noni_no, who will be waiting today in front of Yerevan’s Moscow cinema theatre to collect donations, to help the large family of the soldier who had a large enough heart to keep the border for me and you, for all of us to have this opportunity to do something good on Christmas Eve.

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12 thoughts on “Karabakh War Veteran’s Children in Need. You Can Help!

  1. finally, the post I’ve been waiting for. you know I live for this kind of blog. ok well I couldn’t watch the rest of the video, I had to stop half way thru, ba lacs yekav. I am more than ready to help this family, it is because of our Hayoc Banak our Hay zinvorner that we have a safe un-occupied Hayastan-Arcax (that and because of god dam russia, see I give credit where its due). although, these soldiers of ours are the REAL NHA (National Heros of Armenia) not god dam mafia corrupt kirk kerkorian. I’m going to see if KK has a real heart, I will try to get his people to watch this video and if kirk will give say minimum $25k to Armen and his family so they can have decent living conditions for at very least a few years. It doesn’t “need” to be glamourous, but basic necessity is a absolute requirement for all good people. now after reading/watching this blog, I feel even more guilty (thanks observer). as it is I have a bleeding heart for my homeland & ppl and I feel very much guilty that I am living in better conditions than that of our Hayoc martik who cant even get a god dam fire wood to keep warm or feed themselves. so, now this video tears me apart even more. this is why I am a strong believer than NO “real” Armenian should live better than the other. we should all have equality on ever level of our lives (work, proper pay, basic living conditions, proper education & health care, and human rights) I am desperate to move to my Hayastan to help families such as Armen and others who are in dire need of it. maybe I dont have money to help, but I can offer my hands & labor free of charge not dare asking anything in return. he has done enough for Hayastan, its time we pay back what is owed & deserved to those who defend our homeland.

    I tried to find the link to donate on AN.com, but I couldn’t find it.
    observer, please help so I can donate

    Also, a message to all of you who read this blog and my comments
    vay if you dont help this guy, vay if you dont donate or offer some sort of goods or services to him and you dare rerfer to yourself as “Hay”, I will CHOP OFF ALL YOUR HEADS and SEND THEM TO AZERIS to use for a make-shift toilets. because that is what you doing to this guy by NOT helping… you pissing on him. I know well all of you who read this blog have your money or connections or something good to offer to him that he can properly benefit from. so dont any of you DARE try to ignore this by turning your heads to him. heriq e aylevs ha, sa ognecek mer Hayer@ vor mez hamar en pashtpanum mer Hayerniq@. this goes for you to observer. please give what you can to him. money, goods, service, foods, whatever…I dont care. ara JUST give ok, please !

    I am ready to give $250, as it is I’m borderline bankrupt, but I know he needs it more than me, so I dont care if go bankrupt mankrupt. I have firm roof over my head and 24-7 heat, water, electric, food, yet he barely has nothing. this is it… we must help now so we can show that we do care, lets send a message to the rest of the nation that we must help and we can do it together. be Armenian, ba Hayer@ urishin eli, ho zorov chi. menq urishic nman@ chenq vor tuqenq mer zhoxovurdi vra. urishner@ tox ch’asen: look at these Armenians living in LA and else where, they live so well but they refuse to take care of their own in their own homeland, vay amot a !

  2. @Observer
    Please help me get to the donation page/link
    I’ve clicked on the links you’ve provided in this blog
    but to no avail I find a donation webpage to use to send my money

  3. I suspect that we are unable to donate through the HyeSanta project because ArmeniaNow.com may have been collecting donations two years ago in December 2008 and possible through early 2009 – not now – when the article about this family first appeared. Follow HyeSanta hyperlink and you will see the nice article and the date. Even this video clip is dated 2009.

    This is the sad story of only one needy family. There are many thousands like them who are suffering and need help. People do not have to be of same nationality as the poor and the needy to help them.

    1. @Ibelin
      thank you for your concern. however, we Armenians take care of our own selves. we have our own problems to worry about. we need not worry about others and their problems. when the rest of the world tends to Armenia’s problems and show that they care, then maybe we Armenians will open our eyes to others’ problems, until then… we have our own homeland to worry bout

  4. I’m awfully sorry, everyone. The donation link doesn’t work, because ArmeniaNow had been collecting it last year and now the program is closed. Meanwhile, from Armenian bloggers I found out, that the situation for Armen Avetisian hasn’t improved much even now.

    Still, bloggers are trying to collect some money and see if they can help. I’ll find out more and keep you informed. Sorry again for not checking the facts properly and the broken link :(

  5. @Observer
    thank you for providing the details on Hay Santa
    I am eager to donate, however…I can not wire transfer funds as I dont have cash readily available. I live on credit as every other enslaved piss poor american. only way I can send my $250 is via my credit card (and then pay it off over time, which I’ll easily end up paying $100 in interest for lousy $250) american banks want $45 to wire transfer out-bound international, regardless of amount. If I am to wire out 5,000 then its worth to pay 45 fee, but for 250 its not worth to pay the fee.
    the website shows no details on how to donate via credit care, does HaySanta accept donations via credit card? please, can you get in contact with Armenuhi and let her know I wish to donate $250 and I’m ready to do so immediately. since you are there in Yerevan I would assume its easier for you to find out more details quicker than it would be for me
    also, I’ll be promoting Hay Santa to others via youtube, facebook, and other internet channels in hopes it will get our ppl to properly help our ppl there who need it the most. Hayer jan, yekeq miavoreq mimyanc het. yekeq ognenq mer tankagin Hayer nranq ovqer tanjvum en

    1. Andranik, you’ll have your chance. This year it’s too late already, and bloggers have collected some amounts, we don’t know yet how much. I spoke to the HaySanta manager Armenuhi Petrosyan, and she said they’ve already visited the family and provided some money, although they’d always welcome more donations.

      1. @observer
        ok, but if Haysanta is a non-profit charitable org then they should be collecting donations all year round and dispensing it to the poor that they show in their videos on youtube & website, che? if they take my 250 and apply it to Armen and his family…lav, but if they apply it to another family in need, that’s fine too. I dont care which family it goes to, obviously the larger the family the more it should be applied to, considering the costs of keeping a 8-9 member family, half of whom are under 15
        As I mentioned in my 1st comment here, I will be trying to reach out to KK and show him the videos and website. Hopefully, I can get him to donate minimum $25k. I mean seriously, he makes $25k every micro-second, so its not as if he is LOSING anything
        I am angry at all the Hays who are in vegas today for Tata concert, they are dropping thousands of dollars each person to stay at hotel, concert tickets, food & drinks, entertainment, shopping, etc etc… and we have these families who are in dire need of help. this is truly disturbing to me that our greedy ppl are more concerned with fulfilling their happiness than to help a fellow Armenian in dire need. I will not be celebrating new year, this situation has hit me hard and I can not dare to do kef while my fellow Hays are suffering in cold and starvation. iroq sxal e aydpes nshel u kef anel. those of you who will be spending your BIG MONEY to make feed your happiness in the next 7-10 days…ARA SHAME ON YOU…you not Armenian, you dont deserve to claim Armenian identity. if I had the kind of money all of you out there have, I would do some good with it, rather than: omg I have to go vegas and be all happy & drunk singing along to Tata. the videos that HS posted are proof that orgs such as himnadram are NOT doing good with the money they collect. further more it proves that ARMENIANS as a collective DONT GIVE A S*** about the poor & homeless of Hayastan. oh but if you look like Sirusho and have big money, than all the Hays will welcome you with BIG OPEN ARMS and KISS YOUR ASS til it falls off, che? but if you poor & ugly, dont bother coma knocking on our door, che?

  6. I suspect that we are unable to donate through the HyeSanta project because ArmeniaNow.com may have been collecting donations two years ago in December 2008 and possible through early 2009 – not now – when the article about this family first appeared. Follow HyeSanta hyperlink and you will see the nice article and the date. Even this video clip is dated 2009. This is the sad story of only one needy family. There are many thousands like them who are suffering and need help. People do not have to be of same nationality as the poor and the needy to help them.

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