On July 6th, the group headed on a 13-hour scenic bus journey through Armenia stopping off to visit Khor Virap and Noravank monasteries arriving at Yeghvard late into the night. All the volunteers are in high spirits and immediately bonded. They are staying at a home that is currently vacant so there is plenty of room. However, as with most villages, there is a shortage of water and very basic shower and toilet facilities are available.
The Yeghvard renovation project is a continuation of the work that began in 2008 by our French sister organization Organisation Terre et Culture (OTC). This summer, jointly LCO-USA, OTC, and LCO-Armenia will be concentrating on this site.
The volunteers were very excited to begin their work. After the first day, the group began work on the interior of the church and its altar. The group also started clearing around the exterior of the church and digging out khachkars (stone crosses) that were found on the church’s complex. As with all our campaigns, the local children were immediately drawn to our volunteers and our activities. In a couple of hours each female volunteer had a crew of three-four young children assisting in the work.
On the weekend, the group took a three-hour drive to the