This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Camp Javakhk, which gives Diasporan Armenian youth the chance to host a summer camp for the children of Javakhk. Javakhk is a region within the present-day Republic of Georgia, to the north of Armenia. It consists of six main towns, four of which have an overwhelmingly Armenian majority. Javakhk is a region that is rich in Armenian history.
As a region, Javakhk requires a lot of help in terms of infrastructure and resources–roads are virtually nonexistent in many areas, hospitals and medical centers have been shut down, and business and economy is scarce. In short, Javakhk is left underdeveloped, and as a result, many of its inhabitants leave every year to find work or education, and simply do not return. Many Diasporan Armenians know little to nothing about Javakhk; we all should do our part to teach those around us why Javakhk is important.
More important than food and supplies however, I believe that the Armenians of Javakhk are in desperate need of moral support from their brothers and sisters around the world. The Camp Javakhk experience gave my peers and I the opportunity to do just that.
As part of the group in Akhalkalak, I have a lot of amazing memories that I’d like to share with all of you. I also urge you all to keep Javakhk and the Camp Javakhk (Ջաւախքի Ճամբար) program in your thoughts.