These stories and photos, submitted by JMP staff and volunteers around the world, illustrate the grassroots work of JMP in Armenian communities, “enabling Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope …” Each Jinishian site reaches out to the elderly, children, working families and communities in its own unique way.
New hope in an old village
Pokr Vedi village is home to 3,000 souls, Christians nestled in the valley of Noah’s Mount Ararat between Turkey, Russia and Iran. Residents of the Armenian village remember ancestors brutally exiled and annihilated by the Ottomans 100 years ago—a horror still unrecognized by Turkey, whose closed border lies just a few miles away. Just 25 years ago these villagers lived under the Soviet state and have struggled to provide for their families ever since.
How does one subsist with no resources to cultivate his land or her business? How does one recover faith after genocide and atheism?
Read these stories to learn more
The road to change
Be part of a miracle in Syria
Growing tech talent for a thriving Armenia
Breaking the cycle of poverty for girls in Lebanon
Lives changed: meeting my church mission partners in Armenia
Life after debt in Lebanon
Music returns to Armenia’s beleaguered border
Unexpected creativity defies Syria’s war zone
On a mission for women’s health in Armenia
When leaving Syria is not an option
Why breast cancer claims the lives of more Armenian women
He left his son in Lebanon, then found his mother and wife dead
Bringing hope to the elderly
Rose’s Song: Jinishian program offers path out of homelessness