Celine visits Gyumri, a town where the 1988 earthquake has not faded to memory.
Gyumri was our first stop on the Young Professionals tour of Northern Armenia. Each of us had images from the earthquake in our minds, but sadly no one expected to see a city still so devastated twenty years later.
The charms Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia, are today buried under the remnants of the Soviet Union and a layer of rumble that still remains after the earthquake. Visiting FAR’s GTech, Soup Kitchen and Music School projects gave us a unique opportunity to gain insight into the hardships of life in Gyumri, and the work that FAR is doing to improve peoples’ lives in the city.