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Sorting Vegetable Seeds
|Sorting Vegetable Seeds for Needy
Families, February-March, 2004
The needy families of Armenia need vegetable seeds. About 18 tons arrived
as a donation, but they were all mixed together. HDP organized over 30
volunteers to help UMCOR sort the seeds in a cold warehouse in February
and March. As soon as the weather warms, seeds need to be planted in order
for the needy families to get as much benefit as possible from the seeds.
HDP cooperated with UMCOR in 2003 for the seed distribution and the first
distribution order was placed May 25, long after the seeds need to be
planted. In 2004 due to HDP and other organizations helping UMCOR sort the
seeds, the first order was April 14. Unfortunately this order was for 50
bags of mixed seeds because the seed sorting was not complete. So our
volunteers and Armenian Red Cross young Volunteers came to our office and
began sorting again.
HPD executed distribution of the vegetable and flower seeds to the needy
families in Armenia in April-June 2004. This year the sorting began in
February. This was earlier than last year because we had lots of varieties
and time was essential to sort the seeds out.
Armenians have lived through difficult times for centuries. The women have
always been very actively involved in making difficult times smoother and
less painful. This time too, a group of women were working in Charbakh
warehouse: it was very cold there, lacking elementary work conditions.
Nevertheless, our women proved that even in those conditions they can
work, sort the seeds, acquire new friends, joke with each other and enjoy
themselves. In this picture, the women volunteers are sorting seeds in a
Dave Watt of HDP was doing his ultimate so the women wouldn’t feel
neglected. He made some improvements for the work conditions to be more
favorable, warm and nice. That encouraged the women even more who were
working with a newer zest. The Red Cross volunteers, schoolchildren,
headed by Lusia, also greatly supported this very valuable effort.
They caught the details of the work pretty quickly and soon we saw this
group of children skilfully doing the job. After the work was completed,
HDP gave all volunteers hygiene kits and a bag of seeds. The sorting
continued for over a month. The next challenge was to deliver it in a
One of the goals of HDP is also to promote volunteerism in Armenia. In an
economically challenged country it is a bit difficult, but we think that
we can achieve a lot step by step. Volunteers sorting the seeds was an
important part of our promoting volunteerism.
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