The House of Hope - Mer Hooys family is delighted to welcome three new "grandchildren" during the first 2 months of 2024! Two of our graduates from our original class of residents welcomed their second baby boy to their families. Our wonderful deputy director Lilit and her husband Gor welcomed their first child, a daughter, on Lilit's 30th birthday! Our family of beautiful grandchildren has now grown to 15, all of whom are a testament to the great success of our program. Mer Hooys strives to enrich the lives of our girls and staff with a goal of promoting a healthy future for not only our residents, but for the greater good of our homeland in Armenia! Welcome to our blessed new babies! 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
🔸We celebrate and enjoy Book Giving day🤗. 📚 Books hold infinite power. They can transport us to new worlds, teach us new things, inspire, make us laugh, cry, and can provide us with essential memories.
🔸Today we also hosted Ta Tever, the author of the book "731 days for you", who had a very interesting discussion with our girls . She also gave us her book. 🔸As the day encourages people to give books as gifts to children and adults, especially those who may have limited access to books, at the end of the informal event, the children received a book as a gift. Our interns prepared individual book gifts for each child. ... See MoreSee Less
We gathered to celebrate Trndez (Tyarnndarach), one of the most loved holidays at Mer Hooys.
We celebrate this holiday’s spiritual and cultural traditions.
Tyarnndarach is a Christian holiday celebrated 40 days after Jesus' birth. The Christian tradition of celebrating of the feast of Tyarndarach, translated as "to come to meet the Lord (Jesus Christ)", refers to an episode from the Gospel of Luke. It describes an old and devout man named Simeon who had a revelation from the Holy Spirit that he will die only after seeing the Saviour. During the presentation of the 40-day-old Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, Simeon, led by the Holy Spirit to the temple, took Jesus in his arms, proclaiming that now he has seen the Saviour.
The most symbolic part of the ceremony is a bonfire. It is believed that if a couple jumps over a bonfire while holding hands, their love and bond will last forever. Another belief is that jumping over the bonfire can cure illnesses and purify sinners. Some also think that an infertile woman can become fertile by jumping over the bonfire.
We prepared traditional Armenian pastries and treats. As in every other festival, Trndez also has a special treat. - "aghandz" - roasted grains of wheat mixed with roasted hemp and sesame seeds, peas, and sometimes raisins, making a sweet dessert mixture. Other sweets and cookies as well as halva and dried fruits are shared with the people gathered around the bonfire. ... See MoreSee Less
❤️Our girls are making the salty patty and are going to celebrate the holiday of St. Sargis.
Besides the religious ritual, the popular traditions are interesting and especially loved among people. According to those traditions the young people eat salty patty in the evening of the eve of the holiday. They should not drink water after eating it in order to see their future bride or bridegroom in the dream who will serve them a glass of water. This holiday is also announced as the day of the youth blessing. ... See MoreSee Less
Our beautiful little Suzy is 10 years old 🎂 Already a big girl who is always in the center of attention 😊 On her special day her classmates were invited to the center to make Suzy’s day unforgettable 🎈 Happy Birthday Suzy! ... See MoreSee Less