The Cow Lightened the Family Burden

Chinari Cattle Breeding Project # 27-0245-01

 The family of Vosyankans lives in the village of Chinari. They live their daily life in unrest because they know that the Azeri snipers may any moment again break the cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan and shoot at them which severally happened during the last year. The village is located directly at the bottom of the hill from where the snipers watch the inhabitants of the village.

The most dangerous season for the people of Chinari is spring. In spring the peasants work on the fields which are not green yet and their movements are easily seen from the Armenian-Azeri border. This way, the fear in the heart, the Chinari people cultivate their fields, work in the garden and spend their regular daily routine on their native land.

The Vosyanyan family became Heifer Armenia’s project participant in the fall of 2011. They received a pregnant heifer as a pass-on from their co-villager. The family consists of 6 members: a middle aged lady Ofik Voskanyan, her son Mher with his wife and 2 little sons, and granny Siranush who is Ofik’s mother-in-law.

The family grows grapes which they sell to care for the family expenses. Before getting assistance from Heifer the family had no animal. They could no way afford themselves having at least one cow.

“Thanks to Heifer we now have a cow and a calf. Our cow delivered a bull-calf. We turned to our neighbor with a request to exchange it with their female calf. Now we take a very good care of this calf to grow it into a heifer to pass it on to another family in need. At the moment our cow is again pregnant and will deliver in a couple of weeks. Life in Chinari is very dangerous. Every day my wife takes our two kids to the kindergarten with a feeling of fear in her heart. The other day the nurse in the kindergarten told my wife that every time when the shootings start she turns on the music very loudly so that the children don’t hear the shootings”, Mher shared.

As Mher and his wife told the cow that Heifer provided made the family burden lighter. The cow gives 10-12 liters of milk daily. Though at the moment the milk quantity is far less because the cow is pregnant but Mher is sure they’ll start getting much milk again as soon as their cow gives birth.

“My grandchildren like to have a cup of milk at the breakfast before going to the kindergarten. I often prepare home-made cookies which they adore to eat with sour-cream I prepare from our cow’s milk. I also prepare butter out of the milk which is so expensive nowadays and we save on not buying butter. Thanks to all the people who made this project possible and assisted us in our difficult life full of trouble”, said Ofik-Mher’s mother.

Photos by Aram Petrosyan

Program Coordinator

Story by Liana Hayrapetyan

Communication and PR Coordinator