Armenia end of trip

May 10, 2010 § Leave a comment


We want to thank everyone who participated in this site visit with special thanks to our hosts.  

Steve and Iris Lazarian our wonderful, warm and welcoming hosts.  They introduced us to this wonderful country and people  and their  own passionate and generous endeavors to improve the quality of life in Armenia especially, for young children. Vahe Ohanyan and his lovely family, who opened their home to our team.  Vahe for his time and effort to translate, facilitate and generally provide help and good company.  


Many thanks to the Gertmenian family members (including Dr. and Mrs. Bob Burns) whose family foundation continues to provide so much for the children and adults of Armenia.  

Jim and Sam Gertmenian

Dennis and Suzie (on the far right) Gertmenian


Finally, the Plasticos Team members for making this such a productive site visit.  We have made great headway in connecting with the Doctors of Armenia to better understand what we can provide in the way of medical/surgical equipment and supplies, finances, teaching, and collaboration for the necessary care to young children.  We look forward to our return trip in the near future. 


Bob and Ruthann Burns


Jed and Joanne Horowitz

Please keep track of our Blog over the next few weeks as we plan and embark on our upcoming surgical trip to Cambodia this June,2010.

The Team


Armenia day 5 and 6

May 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Well, our trip is nearing the end with today being our last visits.  Yesterday was Sunday and some down time,  we had a chance to rest , recharge our physical and emotional batteries and take in some local culture.  The food, as many of you may know, is amazing.  We have had meals prepared by local hosts and friends that have been veritable feasts of vegetables, fruits, local dishes of all varieties, lamb, beef, pork.  Our diets will begin tommorrow.

Today we spent time at another local grade school, an orphanage and finally we visited with another doctor at the public hospital who runs a telemedicine program.  Although the facilities at the hospital need great help in renovation and equipment,  the public outreach program will utilize cutting edge concepts and medical tools to improve healthcare hundreds of miles away where access to medical personel and facilities is severly limited.

Entrance to Public Hospital

The telemedicine program will also greatly improve training and teaching from distant sources.

Outdated equipment

Patient Room in need of love


Please enjoy some of the photos of these gorgeous children.

We look forward to returning with support from our readers and friends to help these children

Thanks for reading.    JH

Armenia site visit day 4

May 1, 2010 § 1 Comment

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