Written by Ani Berberyan
Thursday, 19 November 2015
From the exile to the motherland: HDIF cooperating with Syrian-Armenians HDIF attempts to be an integral part of the post-conflict efforts to assist the displaced Syrian-Armenian refugees through cooperation with One Armenia. 12063644_460001370850917_1701100262690080342_n Meet Silva and Zarmig Tovmasians – two talented Syrian-Armenian women who having survived the exile are now ready to rebuild a new life full of hopes and aspirations in Armenia. It’s only seven weeks they are in Armenia with other family members. Impacted by the ravaging war, the Tovmasian family – one of the last Armenian families living in Kobani, Syria, fled their homes and has been living in a UN tent camp based in Suruc (southern Turkey) for three years. Does the history repeat itself? Their ancestors have fled the Armenian Genocide and settled in Kobani, Syria, and now their children fleeing from war-torn Syria, find their peace back in their homeland after 3 long years of exile. 0B12BFC5-DC4C-40EE-84FA-A725D5C06AEF_w640_s Silva and Zarmig now face new challenges of integration in the new urban community of Yerevan, in a country with scarce job opportunities. What we at HDIF do, is revealing the best talent and potential in women, and making it a successful project. Silva and Zarmig are masters in knitting, and HDIF initiated cooperation with them that has a long and successful path to cross. They will make kids scarves for the upcoming campaign with One Armenia. Weather worked in their favor. Winter time – perfect time for their business. 12274426_461818684002519_6563663113208739601_n                                                          Zarmig wearing the scarf she has knitted
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