All these families have a lot to teach us, whether it is tenacity, a thirst for learning and personal discipline, and the love of family whose joy allows overcoming material difficulties...
Among these people is the Aboulpaoudin family,whose history is at the crossroads of the most represented communities in Bourj Hammoud; their destiny tragic. Archo and Katchig Aboulapoudian have three sons: Kevork, Vrej and Sevag, respectively 7, 5 and 4 years old. Both of Armenian origin, Archo, who is Lebanese, joined her husband, a Syrian, in Aleppo, where the family remained until 2011. With the coming of the war, they stopped visiting the family of Katchig to avoid exposing their children to violence. A trained mechanic, Katchig then tried, like thousands of others, to find work in Beirut.
To offer schooling to their three sons, the household has been cast into deep debt. Despite its precarious situation and difficulties in supporting his family’s own needs, Archo Aboulapoudian receives volunteers with the generous hospitality of those who have nothing but share everything. Kevork, Vrej and Sevag were delighted with these new companions, to whom they entrusted their dreams and passions. Kevork likes to read, especially the history of Armenian National Heroes like Saint Vardan Mamikonian, defender of Armenian Christianity against the Sassanid, and David of Sassoun, conqueror of the Turks. In the absence of material heritage, Armenian identity and pride are a cultural and spiritual heritage to which the young people of Bourj Hammoud can relate. Vrej, just as studious, prefers math and football and would like to have a cab when he will be older. Their Father started to pass on them some basic mechanics.
The help we can bring to these families is very little compared to their immense needs, but they tell us often that, knowing that French families think of them, want to help them and pray for them, the fact they hold them in the hearts means so much.
It is you, who by your gifts today cause the radiant smiles of these children. Help us spread this joy tomorrow to the poorest families in Lebanon.