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Soup kitchen is my second home

Every time Greta Demirjyan, 64, enters the Yeghsapet Jambazian/Mangoian Soup Kitchen in Nor Hachn, her memories flood back from her first visit over 25 years ago. She was shy and embarrassed then, but now, surrounded by familiar faces who've become like family, she feels at home. The soup kitchen has woven itself into her life, a cozy haven where she's always welcomed with open arms.

Greta lives in a small one-room apartment, relying solely on her monthly pension of 45,000 AMD, barely enough to cover her basic needs. "Heating my home is a luxury I can't afford," she admits. "I keep myself busy until bedtime." 

Since its beginning, Greta has been a regular at the FAR’s Nor Hachn soup kitchen. "It felt odd at first," she says, "but as a mother of five, I'll do anything for my kids." Sitting with others, chatting, she finds comfort and warmth. "This place fills my loneliness," she says with a smile. "And knowing I can brighten someone's day with my smile brings me happiness."

As a single mother raising five daughters, Greta took on the roles of both mother and father. Working tirelessly at the "Sapphire" factory in Nor Hajn since 1992, her main aim was simple – to provide for her children. She admits there were tough times when she relied on the soup kitchen to get by.

"I eat at the kitchen and take leftovers home for the evening," Greta says. "It's more than just a place to eat; it's like a second home. We share stories, and time just flies by. It gives me hope."

To support more people like Greta, please consider donating to FAR today.


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