Another Housewarming in Kotayk Region

VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian (the 1st from right), and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia President, Ashot Yeghiazaryan, (the 1st from left) with Antonyan family(the construction of a half-built house is finished).

KOTAYK — The construction of a half-built house and a renovation of another family house was completed at the end of 2015 by the housing project financed by VivaCell-MTS. VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian and Fuller Center for Housing Armenia President Ashot Yeghiazaryan visited Mayakovsky community to see the improved housing conditions of the two families and share with them their happiness.

For 13 years Arthur Antonyan’s family has lived in his parents’ house – 11 people in three rooms. For five years the house of a neighbor, who had left for a job abroad, served as a shelter for the family. For several years, the Antonyans had been working on the construction of their house, but were unable to complete the works.

“It was a dream for me to have a home. My children grew up moving from one house to another not having their own. Nothing can be compared with the feeling of having your own home. Our happiness and gratitude is endless,” said the mother of the family, Naira Antonyan.

“In terms of the outcome all the measures undertaken within this project are equally efficient: the end result is a housewarming. Yet, the hardships and the deprivations that last for years for these families are different. It is a major achievement to see people in despair and uncertainty cheered by the positive attitudes. The more kindness and positive energy we give away to families like these, the more committed they get in terms of building their homes, raising decent children, and being useful to the country,” said VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.

“Today we are the witness of another success. Another Armenian family now stands on a solid ground. As a result of the partnership with VivaCell-MTS the housing problem of 93 families has been solved becoming a cornerstone of new opportunities and successes for those families,” said “Fuller Center for Housing Armenia” President Ashot Yeghiazaryan.

Since 2007, VivaCell-MTS has contributed AMD 228.3 million for the basic reconstruction or renovation of houses thus improving the life quality of 480 people with social needs in 10 regions of the country, including 31 villages, of which 10 are borderland villages.

VivaCell-MTS… You know that you can!

VivaCell-MTS (K-Telecom CJSC) is Armenia’s leading telecommunications operator, having the widest 2G/3.75G/4G network reach and spreading a wide range of Voice and Data services all across Armenia. Having the best of the Armenian people interest at heart since its launch on 1st July 2005 and in a short period of time VivaCell-MTS has managed to build a nationwide network and a considerable customer base. VivaCell-MTS drives innovation and aims at always being at the forefront of any development serving the Armenian mobile communications market. The company follows the guidance provided by ISO 26000 (International Standard of Social Responsibility) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System). For more information, visit www.mts.am

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (“MTS”) is the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, offering mobile and fixed voice, broadband, pay TV as well as content and entertainment services in one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Including its subsidiaries, the Group services over 100 million mobile subscribers. The Group has been awarded GSM licenses in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Belarus, a region that boasts a total population of more than 200 million. Since June 2000, MTS’ Level 3 ADRs have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol MBT). Additional information about the MTS Group can be found at www.mtsgsm.com

Fuller Center for Housing Armenia is a non-governmental, charitable organization that supports community development in the Republics of Armenia and Artsakh by assisting in building and renovating simple, decent and affordable homes, as well as advocating the right to a decent shelter as a matter of conscience and action. FCHA provides long-term, interest-free loans to low-income families. The monthly repayments flow into a Revolving Fund, which is used to help more families, thereby providing a financial foundation for sustainable community development.

Since 2008 the Fuller Center for Housing Armenia has assisted more than 460 families.

For more information, please visit www.fcharmenia.org or email us at fcarmenia@fcharmenia.org

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