Sarah Stites is a communications specialist for Emili Aregak, a support and resource center for children and youth with disabilities in Gyumri. As a freelance writer, she enjoys uncovering stories of deep resilience, courage and faith. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Sarah is thankful for the opportunity to explore her Armenian roots at this moment in history.
This is a story about the beautiful complexity and strength of mothers, especially those raising a child with a disability.
Abandoned children with disabilities are placed in special orphanages and upon reaching adulthood, mental institutions. Jermik Ankyun is working to pull people with disabilities from these hopeless facilities, settling them in loving forever homes.