A group of 22 elderly from the JMP–L Old People’s Program went on a daylong trip to the Armenian Catholic Monastery in Bzommar on September 16, 2010.
They visited the museum and the library, and Father Nareg explained how significant articles, manuscripts and other items of cultural heritage were brought to the monastery and are being preserved there. They also prayed together in the church.
The group then went to a restaurant where they had their lunch in a cheerful atmosphere.
It was significant that three volunteer women from the beneficiaries of the JMP–L Medication Dispensing Service accompanied the elderly, giving them a helping hand.
From the participants:
Mrs. N.O. (84 years old) said: “The visit to the Armenian Catholic Monastery in Bzommar was very interesting and wonderful. They accepted us in a friendly manner and treated us with great respect. I am very thankful to the Jinishian Memorial Program for organizing this trip and also thank all who helped us, and specially the coordinator of the program.”
Mr. H.K. (75 years old) said that it was the first time he was participating in this kind of a trip and it was one of the most beautiful days of his life. He added that the reception of Father Nareg was very warm and the visit to the museum was very inspiring. He was also happy because they all had the opportunity to pray together in the church.
Mrs. Tsh.T. (77 years old) said: “The daylong trip to Bzommar was very exciting because we visited the museum and saw beautiful antiques. The volunteer women were polite and helpful, and we are grateful to all who gave us the opportunity to come out of our boring and dull daily routine, communicate with others and together participate in a group activity.”