Berd Berry Eco Center

$3,711 of $8,350 goal

Raised by 47 people in 8 months
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Created November 2, 2018
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on behalf of Sue Bedrossian

Please help the first domino fall!

Starting with a single teddy bear in 2011, the Berd Women's Resource Center Foundation(BWRCF) has blossomed into a series of projects that employ dozens of women in Berd and the surrounded villages. Only a few kilometres from the front line in Shamshadin, the women of BWRCF are busy making hundreds of jars of Berd Berry jams, thousands of finger puppets, key tags and pencil tops, bags and bags of herbal tea, hundreds of Berd bears and more...

Sounds idyllic and perfect, doesn't it?

Only one thing missing, and that is a home. In the past four years, BWRCF has been bounced around from one borrowed office to another...a dentist's extra room, a political party's empty office, and most recently an empty room in the old library - which has no toilet. This last place is slated for reparation at any time, so the clock is ticking for BWRCF to find a new place. 

Let's make that place permanent! Help that first domino fall.


A half-finished building with a large garden has been identified that will house the new Berd Berry Eco Center. According to their strategy, the goal is to:

'promote ecotourism in the region through expanding the capacities of eco-production, establishing a B&B  and simultaneously creating jobs for local unemployed women of Berd.

Currently, the production of both handmade crafts and berry jams/tea  is organised at the Berd Women's Resource Center's office, using only a limited area for two working groups. The majority of the products are sold during the local and international festivals, some part is sold in  Yerevan, at the shop of our partner organisation of HDIF (Homeland Development Initiative Foundation) located on Parpetsi 13,  and via our Facebook pages , website , as well as straight from BWRC office.

The demand for our products is increasing year by year, due to competitive advantages, such as a high quality of handmade products, being ecologically clean and safe, unique packaging made of environmentally-friendly materials. As for certification, handmade toys are already certified as  a safe clean product(WFTO certified and being presented in annual Fair Trade, in Frankfurt),  jams completed the certification process in Autumn 2018.'


What is needed?                                                      Where are the $ coming from?

Step 1. Property purchase: $12.000           Go Fund Me, Angel Investor

Step 2. Building completion: $21.825        HDIF-USA, United Nations, other donor

Step 3. Furniture: $4.548                                   Other donor

Step 4. Production equipment: $4.301      Other donor

Step 5. Garden upgrade: $3.707                    Other donor

How does your contribution to this campaign fit into this puzzle? It is the first domino of this whole set up.  Almost all donors have said 'If you have the building, then we will invest in you'. The first domino needs to fall. This is where you come in. If this campaign raises $6.000, then the angel investor kicks in. This secures the building and land. Then HDIF-USA kicks in, then the UN kicks in, and the dominos keep falling. We can do this.


For any other information regarding this campaign, please contact BWRCF president Anahit Badlian by leaving a message on this campaign. The Berd Berry Eco Center strategy and detailed budget are available. 


Push that domino.....


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Dear supporters, friends and followers,

Thanks once again for your generosity, willingness and patience! We are closing our campaign here to open a new page for Berd Berry eco center, to enter a new phase which could not happen without your support.

If you still want to follow us or make a donation, please visit us on ShareThe Love campaign https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/share-the-love-2019?fbclid=IwAR18f0dPouity1hU6tf2uwAdVugeYV4kRXo6kv6uwSrK4JzODM8vGFDVCWk

With Love, Anahit
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Although January ends, we have fully started the reconstruction works of our Bers Berry eco center!!!
The video is in my native language Armenian, as I could not express my excitement in another way while making the video(: But even if you don't know a single word in Armenian, everything is very simple and clear: it is just a beginning of the Great and Huge work and we have so many things to do together. Thank you All!
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Today is Christmas Eve for Armenians, the day when Christ was born.... This means we have a special day for sharing love with each other, caring and supporting those who are really in need.
On this Christmas Eve our supporters Sue and Karnig from Australia received their gift from a group of women, who knitts Berd Bears and spread their love through these handmade cuties. This is a real example of Armenian proverb that says "Give and you'll be given".
Քրիստոս ծնաւ և հայտնեցաւ։ Մեզ և ձեզ մեծ Ավետիս։
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What a day! We are celebrating the last day of 2018 which was quite challenging for Berd Women's Resource Center. And, toasts for newborn year to be first, Peaceful, then the other good things.
So what was the peculiarity of the day for me? A woman, who makes chrochetted frog and duck mini animals for BWRC, REFUSED from her salary wishing on this way to make a contribution in the reconstruction of the eco center... I was shocked enough, as I visited their house and am aware about their lifestyle very well; son is serving on the front line, sick grandma, a tiny house lacking minimum facilities.
On the same time some human beings came to my eyes, who were hardly moving on the weight of Christmas gifts and variety of food, so much food...
Wishing to finish my post on positive note, I just wanted everyone to feel happiness despite of burden, that some bare on their hearts and some-on their hands...
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Raised by 47 people in 8 months
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Created November 2, 2018
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