Hasmik Gevorgyan lives with her family in the small town of Meghri, near the Iranian border. Plagued with a poor economy and rampant unemployment, most families in the area have great difficulty making ends meet. Hasmik and her family have struggled for years ever since her father Gevorg was killed in a car accident in 2007. The sole breadwinner of the family, Gevorg left behind seven children, two of who are handicapped.
The family lives on the ground floor of a building next to St. Astvadzadzin Church of Meghri and relies entirely on the state’s allowance for the handicapped sons and Hasmik’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend. Hasmik learned about CASP Program in Sunday school. She applied for it in 2008 and the support has been tremendous, as it helps feed the entire family.