Living and working

Large families / the fight against poverty / social competence

The village of Hope was started in 2001 and offers space for around 500 people in 79 solidly built houses on land measuring barely 16 hectors. Each house has a garden which is approximately 400 square metres where the residents can grow their own fruit and vegetables. The village was planned by our building manager and built using an Armenian labour force. The government made the land available to us and is in discussion with us about its use and how the village could be extended. The poorest in the country have found a permanent home here and get involved in serving with the Diaconia Charitable Fund according to their abilities: in the warehouse, in the office, or in the training workshops. Anyone wanting to have an apartment here needs to apply through the mayor’s office. The council for humanitarian affairs and Diaconia make decisions together regarding the allocation of places.