I just wanted to share how this war has changed me and maybe influence others to consider following this path too, if you feel advantaged enough
Good morning from Davitashen, Yerevan.
Today I woke up in a comfortable bed, in a nice apartment, overlooking beautiful mount Ararat, far from immediate danger. I had a hearty breakfast, took a hot shower, sat in my comfortable computer chair, and went online on a pretty fast internet connection.
Looking at all the struggling families, kids, pregnant women, elderly, soldiers, and the overall sadness and courage in everyone's eyes, It's hard not to feel guilty for my (what's another word for "privilege" that won't be associated with the BLM movement?) let's say advantages.
I was born here, and was advantaged enough to have an uncle and aunt in Canada that managed to emigrate us to Canada when I was 6.
I was advantaged enough to have a strong mom who put all her energy in raising me to be compassionate, yet bold and direct.
A Dad who showed me the value and importance of science and education.
I was advantaged enough to go to a private school and be taught 5 languages simultaneously during the time of life when your brain is like a sponge.
Sure, I've made dumb decisions here and there, but compared to what's going on in Artsakh, my life is a fairy tale.
Now, I am yet again advantaged enough to have a team of volunteers and friends some of whom are able to set aside most of their work, and focus on sharing their advantaged time with those who need it most.
I used to say "pff I've never volunteered an hour in my life" because I've always managed to be paid for my time. I used to even make fun of serial volunteers. I was so wrong, and I'm sorry.
When you're not just volunteering to get experience or pad your CV, but actually changing/saving people's lives, that's a whole new sense of accomplishment only maybe rivaled by creating jobs.
Anyways, just wanted to share how this war has changed me and maybe influence others to consider following this path too, if you feel advantaged enough.
Thx for reading.
Back to work!
Haik Kazarian is a repat from Canada living in Armenia since the revolution. He is leading a grassroots campaign to collect money to feed displaced families. 75-80% of funds are spent on food, clothes, medical, and hygiene products, the rest on non-military essentials for soldiers on the front lines (medicine, clothes etc.), and expenses like gas and food for the volunteers. To support Haik’s initiative, please, contact him directly.