Article retrieved from Armenia's Public Television - Posted 24-Aug-2015
The Spitak earthquake levelled to the ground the Chichkhnavank. The epicenter of the disaster, the monastery located in Nalband or Shirakamutvillage was a hidden place of pilgrimage and prayer even during Stalin years. With the help of volunteer youngsters and sponsorship of Armenians from Diaspora the church was restored.
Shikahogh, Armenia - Our last week in Shikahogh village was action-packed, full of heavy duty work and festive farewell gatherings.
We completed a fun "demolition project," using sledge hammers to tear down a bathroom made of stones and cement that was haphazardly annexed onto the rear of Soorp Stepanos Church a few decades ago. We also finished stacking hundreds of clay tiles on top of the church roof, through many days of passing them in an assembly line and lifting them to the roof with a pully system. We are proud that we accomplished a great deal, in that the roof was tiled in just a few short weeks with our assistance!
Shikahogh, Armenia - When we haven't been working or enjoying the village lifestyle, we've gone on excursions to nearby sites including famous historical churches and monasteries, small churches restored by LCO volunteers over the past several decades, and natural settings in the southern Armenian countryside.