Akhpradzor, Armenia--Nanor Balabanian
Once again we are back in the village after a weekend in Yerevan.
We only left the village for 3 days, but it felt like 3 weeks. We could not wait to get back.
Once again, we drove with our past driver, Armen. Armen is a real hero. There is no road that scares Armen. He is the king of the road. For him, no road is impossible. Armen can find any hidden road. Without him, our initiative would not be the same.
Armen is more than just a driver. He is an entertainer, a server, a friend and a wonderful counselor. During our terrifying ride, he would sing to us and dance (sometimes with no hands on the wheel). When we stopped at Sevan to swim, he insisted on washing our feet with water before we got in the car. Armen has been with us through the roughest and happiest times. Finally, Armen knows how to comfort every passenger, and allows everyone to feel safe despite the horrible circumstances. He even bought us all ice cream and drinks before we got to the village!
We had a wonderful time in the village today. The kids loved the classes and learned many new things.
We had our wonderful Tigran with us from Yerevan. He is our computer seller, but he chose to volunteer a week of his time to come live in the village and teach the kids about computers. The children loved him, and it was great to have him here with us.
Today the villagers killed a goat for us and made "Khorovadz".
The highlight of the day was “Gino-night” aka “movie night.” The kids had never been to a movie theater before, so we thought it would be a great idea if we showed them a movie on a big screen. Thus we gathered the kids at the school at 8:30 at night. They were very excited! They loved the cartoon and couldn’t believe it was showing up on the screen. It was so wonderful to see them so happy.
It has been a long but wonderful day. Thank you Akhpradzor!