Alex Suppiah, a middle school student from California will be joining the Hidden Road Initiative in the remote village of Akhpradzor this summer to build a playground, a fence, an outhouse, a library and a soccer field for the village school.
The upcoming project will be for two weeks, with the first week (July 6-10) devoted to construction and the second week (July 13-17) devoted to camp.
Our team will be the most diverse it has ever been with 27 volunteers from 6 different countries, including USA, Lebanon, Syria, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Germany, and most not of Armenian descent.
Suppiah is not your average Boy Scout, as he is fulfilling his lifelong mission to achieve the highest and most difficult rank, Eagle Scout. A component of earning this rank is completing the Eagle Leadership Service Project requirement. After searching for a project to take on, he came across HRI.
He shortly jumped on board after learning about the organization’s work, helping the children and rebuilding the village school of Akhpradzor. When Suppiah took on this project he soon came to discover that the school’s top four needs included fixing the fence, building a playground, outhouse, and library. In an effort to fundraise he held various garage sales and started a web page promoting his cause, amounting to over $13,000 in donations.
In collaboration with HRI project director in Armenia, Vktoria Mouzenian, and the United States a plan for construction was set forth and put into action. After months of planning this diverse team is ready to launch their 2015 summer program in Akhpradzor!