As you know, Armen and Siranush are building an eco-tourist facility for long distance trekking stays. The house is two room dormitory style, with a makeshift bathroom attached and a lovely deck overlooking the valley. The toilet is a squat toilet out in the garden.
The garden includes plenty of old and new fruit trees, and we munched on the ripe mulberries. They haven’t had a chance to work on it much yet, but plan to clean it up and set up a vegetable garden.
Our work included cleaning up the yard which had many years of accumulated garbage and weeds. We established a small natural shade garden next to the tent camping area. But our big project was to convert a steel water tank and platform into two bunk houses. The water tank was used by Armen and his family as a swimming pool when he was young. We attached timber boards to the outside to soften the look and insulate the bunkroom, and put on a roof frame. Paul was very frustrated, being a professional builder, with the extreme lack of tools, as due to limited funds ARK can't afford for example to have several drills for different purposes to which Paul is used . Besides the quality of tools and instruments and their spare details in the local market is quite law as the importers import only those which the buyer can afford. But progress was great, and we left the completion for others.
They also have a permaculture garden close to Kapan which we only visited briefly.
Overall we had a lovely time staying in the country house with Armen and Siran. They need lots of help, particularly as Armen’s eyesight is failing, so I can highly recommend a WWOOFing stay there.
Robyn and Paul, Australia