Thursday, June 12, 2008

Birthday money spending!!

It has taken a lot of miscommunication and poor organization to be this delayed but eventually we got to the old peoples home in Artsvanik! Having finally got organized and collected all the necessary bits and pieces together we wandered off….

Mum, Penny, Roubina and I turned up carrying bags of goodies for the (mainly) old ladies. There is one old man, and he seems very happy. Apparently he is very interested in marriage but he hasn’t found a lady young enough for him (yet).
We piled inside and the ladies came with us (they had been relaxing outside enjoying the lovely evening). Different people looked excited by different items, one old lady was pleased by the paper we took, there was plenty for her poetry. There were quite a buzz by the women by the knitting stuff. One was especially keen on the chickens, and she was so excited when we gave the money to purchase these. The residents and staff had already prepared the area for the chickens and now is a good time of year to get them. I have a strong suspicion that next time we go there we will be fed omlettes and given socks for our efforts…

We took some nice chocolates and had tea with the residents and staff. The staff and residents are very proud of the art work and craft and so we were shown their art room again... Both Penny and Mum who hadn’t been there before commented on how nice and clean the place was and also how relaxed and friendly the staff/resident relationships seemed. It is easy to see how this place really has a long wait
list as compared to many elderly these guys have a safe secure place to live.

There is a little money left over – enough we think to purchase a DVD player, so they can watch old movies etc.
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed – I am looking forward to finally passing on the DVD player and going back when they have got the chickens established and laying!
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3 comments:

Myrthe said...

Thanks a lot for the update, Lucy! I hope the old ladies (and the gentleman) will make good use of the gifts. But I am sure they will!

kazzajoyce said...

I hope that gift went ok even if the needles were second hand. they should do the trick anyway.
Hopefully things are going better for you and there haven't been anymore fires.
Have a good one.

Anonymous said...

the gifts from both you and myrthe were perfect. we also got some extra wool donanted by Penny a peace corp volunteer who is heading back to the US soon... The ladies were very excited!!