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Bullets Fly...Help These Women Stay in Their Homes

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The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is in a state of uneasy ceasefire. Thousands of sniper bullets and artillery rounds fly across the border every month. Windows frames are shattered, fenceposts pockmarked. Already in 2016, two Armenian servicemen and one civilian have been killed. Yet in the villages along the border, families live their lives- many husbands, brothers and sons at the front line, and mothers preparing food for their families, getting the kids ready for school. Life is difficult, extremely difficult. Yet the women of these villages want to stay- stay in their homes, in their birthplaces. And we want to help them do that. The Berd Women's Resource Center Foundation contacted the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation and asked if we could work together to raise awareness and funds to provide livelihoods for women in the villages of Berkaber, Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, Aygepar, Chinari and Movses, all along the Armenian border with Azerbaijan. The campaign is called 'Help Me Stay in My Home' and is quite a simple concept. The women will make hand crocheted key tags in the shape of their dream house in their village. These will be used as the rewards in the campaign. The profit from each key tag will go to a berry planting project called Berd Berries. The idea? Provide year round employment for the women of these five villages- crocheting during the colder months and cultivating in the warmer. The result? The women will be able to stay in their homes and help provide for their families. Each house key tag is valued at $10. Of this: $3.20 goes to the woman who made the key tag of her home. $3.90 goes to the Berd Womens Resource Center Foundation for planning and execution of the Berd Berries project. $1.70 goes to the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation for its help in this project $1.20 goes to HayPost, for getting the key tag rewards to you! If we are able to raise $10.000 by getting pledges for 1000 key tags, we have reached our goal! The questions: A) Who are the the Berd Womens Resource Center Foundation? Famous for their Berd Bears project, the BWRCF are a major force for positive change in the Berd region of Tavoush province. B) Who are the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation? With over a dozen partner projects around Armenia, HDIF engages with vulnerable families- at the front line, refugees, ethnic minorities, the disabled, in the earthquake zone and more. C) Who are the beneficiaries of this project? In Berkaber In Nerkin Karmiraghbyur In Aygepar In Chinari In Movses D) Which berries are going to be cultivated in the Berd Berries project? E) Can I just make a donation and not have the key tags sent? Yes! Please just indicate that on your pledge. This would in fact save us our postage cost, which would then earmarked back into the project. F) I will be in Armenia this Summer, can I visit the Berd Berries project? Sure! Contact Anahit Badalian in the Berd Womens Resource Center Foundation at



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