• Albert Hovsepyan

    I was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981. I graduated from the State University of Management. I work in the manufacturing industry.

    I had always been wary of charitable organizations until I met VIVA.

    With VIVA I got the opportunity to show targeted support. I believe that most Armenians living abroad feel the need to be useful to our Motherland. For me it is really important to see the result.

    The very idea of ​​helping without pursuing any personal interests is fundamental in charity.

    The VIVA team is united and dedicated to the common cause, which helps us achieve results.

  • Anoush Markosyan

    Head of International Business Development Department at a large retail company

    We all have pros and cons. I chose to see the pros in people – this way it is easier to live. I adore my family and love my friends!

    I feel bad for having to live out of Armenia. VIVA helps me feel better. Armenia has its special and very important place in my international family!

    I love my job. I like the feeling when you do what you love and you strive for results.

    I am panicky afraid of the 40th anniversary … Fortunately, my husband is not, or at least pretends no to be. But it helps. I think, I need to change my comfort zone by that time. It might help.

    How would I describe myself? Well, I start each Monday with a diet! I am a pacifist, an agnostic, a shopaholic, an atypical Mom and wife. I try to be friends with my kids and a forever- surprising wife.

  • Anahit Andreasyan

    Commercial director at a manufacturing company

    Studied Accounting and Economic Analysis at the Academy of Finance under the Government of the Russian Federation.

    The most important human quality is dignity. It is directly proportional to the virtue you see in others.

    I do not like to be in the spotlight. I prefer to do my job quietly, but the result of my work must be impeccable and tangible.

    Love is unlimited trust and your most natural state. Happiness is always there, although often we do not notice it. The quintessence of my happiness is my child.

    I strongly believe in the power and energy of our emotions. The birth of my kid is the result of the immense power of my love thrown into the cosmos. The power of my hope is so great that sometimes I think I am all-powerful. Like a wizard, I can make any of my wishes come true, if only I really want it very much.

    Logic is very important for me. All my actions and thoughts obey to logic. Many people think in other categories – images, impulses, intuition. This is not for me. I try to build the logic of their actions for myself to understand them. The funniest thing is that my husband is one of these people.

    I am for parity and justice. But sometimes life puts us in such absurd situations where we have to choose between these two concepts. This is the hardest choice for me.

    Armenia is my all! I live and breathe with Armenia though I have lived abroad for the last 24 years. I can’t be fully happy unless Armenia is prospering.

    Charity is not a way of life or a whim. Charity is just a small effort to restore the damaged divine world order. Our world is not perfect. And the reason of this is the humans. We cannot stay indifferent.

    When engaged in charity, you feel your powerlessness the sharpest. The hardest thing is having to make a choice when you have limited resources. The thought – “Have I done the right choice?”- is always torturing you. And there is no answer to it.

  • Aram Ter-Hakobyan

    I was born in Yerevan in 1979, studied Economics and Management at the Moscow State University of Design and Technologies. I am a businessman.

    I love life and try to get maximum of it!

    I live for today, as you never know what tomorrow will bring. I love spending time with my friends and family.

    I value honesty and justice in people.

    The 90s forced many people leave their homeland in search of better life. I have lived in Moscow since 1993. I went to school and university here. I studied and worked at the same time. In my heart I have always been with my motherland and always tried to help my friends and relatives whenever possible.

    I have always wanted to do something global for Armenia.

    After the four-day war of April 2016, with a group of friends we started to intensively help Armenia and Artsakh. Our group of like-minded people, ready to help homeland, continued to grow, and soon the idea of founding VIVA was born.

    VIVA is my second family. I cannot imagine my life without VIVA. We all do our best to find time, means and strengths to do something good for our motherland despite our incredibly busy schedule. We all love Armenia and want to see it strong and flourishing.

  • Narina Grigoryan

    If not me, then who?

    Studied Commercial Law at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

    Married, two kids.

    I am a lucky person. I was born in a loving family and I believe this helped me grow up into a harmonious person. I try to surround my children with the unconditional love my parents gave me.

    My addiction is books. They are the best drugs.

    I get on well with people, but prefer to keep some distance. I don’t easily make friends.

    Love is what makes you better.

    I enjoy hiking, but there has to be a nice hotel nearby- I like comfort. Comfort matters a lot.

    Money gives freedom and independence.

    I love the sea. I love to swim, to stand on the shore, to breathe the air, no matter if it is raining or the sun is burning. I get strength from the sea.

    I don’t think kids should get everything upon the first demand – if you have a cake every day, then the birthday cake is not such a fun.

    My husband is a successful cardiac surgeon – he saves lives every day. At some point I thought: “What can I do for others?” This is how I came to charity.

  • Viktor Mikhailov

    Associate Professor at Higher School of Economics

    The highest values for me are freedom and time – once lost, they cannot be returned.

    I am easygoing, but sometimes my jokes can be sharp. I am an idealist and a man of principle, which sometimes can hinder success. Competition is not always the engine of progress – its effect can sometimes obscure and deter real development.

    I like to communicate with the youth and I believe that good teachers learn from their students. If you didn’t participate in the change of the regime when you were young, you either had a happy youth or missed out on it.

    I strongly believe that humanity deserves better. Our common task it to make the world a better place. Inaction is worse than failed initiatives.

    Doing charity is not easy. You shouldn’t expect dividends or gratitude. Unfortunately, some people will think that you are doing it for a reason and not only out of ideological motives. Don’t waste time on proving the opposite – it will just create an additional negative background in the perception of people. Charity must be targeted and professional. You do not need to be rich to do charity – everyone can do it.