2 November 2017
A large crowd gathered in Eshtia for the dedication of a youth center near the village’s church — a restoration made possible, in part, by CNEWA’s generous benefactors. (photo:ArmenianCatholic.org)
Tuesday, 31 October, was a blustery day here in Georgia — but nonetheless, a large crowd of villagers from Eshtia, along with press and friends from throughout Georgia, gathered for the opening of a youth center located near the village’s landmark church.
Local clergy offered blessings and prayers at the youth center dedication.
The center, once a shell of an abandoned house, was completely rehabilitated in three months, thanks to the great team at Caritas Georgia and the men of the village.
That was then: The abandoned house is shown here last spring, before the restoration work began.
This is now: The finished youth center is shown on the day of its dedication on 31 October.
The center will offer students classes in Georgian and English, computer programming skills, faith formation and continuing education in Armenian traditions, dance, folklore and customs.
Eshtia is one of a number of Armenian villages that salt and pepper the Georgian province of Javakheti.
I was pleased to represent CNEWA at the opening and to express the best wishes and prayers of our benefactors, who helped make this happen.
CNEWA’s Michael J.L. La Civita shared his warm wishes and prayers.
View more images from the dedication here.