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HDIF Homeland: Preserving, Securing, Nurturing, Empowering
ENABLING AND SUPPORTING THE WOMEN AFFECTED BY THE ARTSAKH WAR
Homeland Development Initiative Foundation (HDIF) has assisted women (and some men) in developing skills for employment to sustain their families in villages. Meet Tim Straight, Founder of HDIF, Beth Broussalian, Exec. Director HDIF-USA and Anahit Badalian, Founder, Berd Women’s Resource Center who are currently introducing food packages made in Armenia to be donated to evacuees (mosty women and children) from war-torn Artsakh. Together they are also developing warm winter clothing in Goghovid, Berd, Martuni town, Gyumri, and others, knitted by women for women and children of Artsakh.
Join this exclusive event to gain insight in HDIF. Learn how you can put food on tables in Armenia, and help provide warmth while supporting the employment of women who sustain families in different regions.
Timothy Straight, born in Cleveland, Ohio, is an eternal believer in the future of Armenia. He has lived in Yerevan since September of 2000. Tim is the honorary consul of both Finland and Norway in Armenia. Reporting regularly to Helsinki and Oslo about poverty, emigration, unemployment, domestic violence and stunting in children, Tim decided in 2010 to create an organization that focuses on the creation of viable employment of women, mostly in the regions of Armenia. Today, the Homeland Development Initiative Foundation provides an income to hundreds of women across the country, designing and marketing products based on their traditional skills – crocheting, knitting, sewing, embroidery, illumination painting and more.
Beth Broussalian was born in Berkeley, CA, and grew up in nearby Lafayette. She was raised in a proud Armenian family and influenced by her grandparents who were Genocide survivors. One of her lifetime goals was to learn Armenian, which led her to attend UCLA and major in foreign languages and an MA in Armenian Art History. She was introduced to HDIF through Tim Straight and was inspired by its mission. In 2017, she founded HDIF-USA, a nonprofit organization registered in Calif. and HDIF’s first international affiliate. Since then, she serves as executive director of HDIF-USA and strives to promote economic development in Armenia through handicraft enterprise. Its goals are based on the belief that there is a place in the global economy for Armenia’s skilled artisans and the important role they can play in building a democratic country.
Anahit Badalian was born in Berd, Tavush region, graduated from Yerevan State University, Department of Journalism, and returned to her native town founding Berd Women’s Resource Center, with the concrete aim of supporting local women living in border communities of Berd. As a journalist, she worked in IT specialized magazines, and with the support of the Norwegian Royal Embassy established her own local newspaper in Berd, called “We Are”. Currently, Anahit is involved in social entrepreneurship, implementing two successful projects, “Berd Bears” and “Berd Berry,” facilitating local women’s economic independence. Both projects enable women to develop skills, generating 100% handmade high quality products made in the Armenian border community of Berd. “Berd Berry” is a joint project with long-time HDIF partnership.
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