Contributor - Houshig Snabian
Today’s reflection at the camp was if we have found happiness in our lives.
The fact that I’ve been a scout for long years in Ararat, Iran, and later on as a boarding
student in Anjar, Lebanon, I considered this move as the continuation of the summer
The five years of boarding school and studies, though difficult, flew away in a wink of
eye. My friends traveled abroad, and I, being the foreigner, ended up to be the only one living in Anjar.
I graduated from Haigazian University, married, and now have a loving family.
But to me it’s as if I’m deprived of my happiness.
My friends and their company meant a lot to me: be it in Iran or later in Lebanon. Their
absence took away from me my sense of joy. Everything I did seemed incomplete
without them in my life.
Life went on.
It was the afternoon of May 28 when by chance I met Nanor in the school yard. We
chitchatted about life, old days in school. One thing led to another and she proposed that I participate in HRI camp 2017, in Shvanidzor.
I gladly accepted and here I am among an amazing group of young people, trying to
provide humanitarian aid to a remote village in Armenia.
So far we’ve had an extraordinary experience with the children and each other. Each
trying to give and share his best with the other. Unconditional love and giving
The happiness I’ve been looking for for years has been paid off this many years later big
I do thank everybody responsible for this amazing feeling of happiness and