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LCO and ATP Plant 330 Trees in Shirakamut

Land and Culture and Armenia Tree Project Plant Trees in Shirakamut 

 

Land and Culture and the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) joined forces for a tree planting project at one of our current campaign sites in Shirakamut, Armenia.  A total of 330 evergreen, shrub, and decorative trees were planted at the 7th Century Tchitchkhanavank Monastery and at the village's administrative/community center building.  LCO Armenia volunteers and ATP personnel together with Shirkamut residents braved the cold to beautify and preserve the natural surroundings. 
 
This summer the Tchitchkhanavank Monastery restoration, in Shirakamut village, will be completed and consecrated in August.  

 For more information and all the pictures please visit the ATP Facebook page.

 

LCO and ATP planting trees

LCO and ATP planting tree

 

 

SUMMER CAMPAIGN IN PROGRESS

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Team in front of the Church

Shikahogh, Armenia - The LCO/OTC volunteers are settled in the village of Shikahogh and hard at work on the 16th century Sourp Stepanos Nakhevegah Church. The group is working on the exterior and interior on the site. During off hours, they are enjoying village, the lush Shikahogh Forest Preserve area, and historical sites in southern Armenia.

2014 Campaign Underway

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Dinner with the mayor

20 volunteers from Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States, as well additional volunteers from Armenia are getting ready to begin their summer adventure. Volunteers will begin arriving in Yerevan on July 19th preparing to head off to the campaign sites.

  • "There are experiences you shape and then there are experiences that shape you. The LCO Campaign of 2007 in the village of Azat offered me invaluable perceptions into the realities of my fellow Armenian brothers and sisters in a way only a true immersion program can. I urge everyone and anyone who might feel an inkling of belonging to this fascinating country, people, and history to sign up with the campaign immediately. I smile just thinking about what you have yet to experience."
    Noushig K, Azat 2007, CA, USA

  • "Coming back from a 4-day trip to Kharabagh really felt like coming back home, with our family waiting to greet us outside our house. That's when I realised just how attached we'd grown to the place, to our family, to the other volunteers"
    Anoosh Gasparian, Azat 2009, London UK

  • "I went to this trip with no expectations, and came back with a great appreciation for our country.  Life in the village is surreal, the food is beyond delicious and the people are incredibly nice. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget!"  Sam Tahmasian, 2009, CA, USA
  • "LCO is an amazing concept. It introduced the deprived Diasporan to their land and their people. It is a wonderful introduction to Armenia and something every young man or woman should experience."
    Madlene Minassian Ispirian, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Yerevan, Armenia

  • "My most memprable experience was being so warmly taken care by an old village couple, receiving gifts from them, giving them gifts and establishing bonds."
    Naira Der-Kiureghian, Ayroum 2003, CA, USA

  • "...I know that when I reflect back on this experience I will feel ecstatic about the work we accomplished, the things we saw, and the bonds we forged."
    Hovig Saghdejian, Ayroum 2003, California, USA

  • "Dolma is made with mum's careful instructions, grandmothers eyes found on the faces of children, songs of Ararat are as familiar as the Khachkars dotting the landscape. If it smells like home, looks like home then it must be home."
    Datevig Simonian, Shadvan 2004, California, USA

  • "LCO experience was a revelation for me. It gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally. One of the most important experiences of my life and an important factor in determining my future goals."
    Lara Aharonian, August 1999, August 2001, Montreal, Canada.

  • "I formed strong bonds with my volunteers, and the difference in backgrounds was refreshing. It was interesting to hear the points of view of different Armenians from other areas of the Diaspora."
    Aramazt Kalaydjian, Shoushi 2003, NY, USA

  • "I loved the simplicity of life in the village, the fresh homemade food is wonderful; that people are the friendliest and most hospitable... the children have the most beautiful faces..."
    Sophia Balakian, Shadvan 2004, New York, USA