PTPI STORIES | Meline
Q&A by Melina Khanagyan, member of PTPI’s Provadia, Bulgaria Student Chapter
Where are you from? I am from Gyumri, Armenia, but I live and work in Provadia, Bulgaria
What was it like growing up there? It was terrible. There was a great earthquake that totally destroyed my town. Then there was a war between Armenia and Azerbejan. The years of my childhood were full of starvation and poverty. Fortunately, I was a child and didn’t understand the difficulties of life.
Tell me something interesting about your home town/country. My home town is Gyumri. It is the second largest city of my country and was the economic and cultural center of Armenia before the earthquake in 1988. Twenty-six years have passed since the earthquake and our town has yet to be reconstructed, but I love my home town very much. I have to mention that I have lived in Provadia, Bulgaria, for almost 10 years. Provadia is a little ancient town full of historical places. It is situated between two great mountains, on one of which has a great ancient fortress from the 7th century, called Ovech. Many tourists visit Provadia to see the fortress.
What do you do for a living? I teach English in a Bulgarian comprehensive school.
Are you involved in any volunteer or community organizations? Yes, I am part of a PTPI Student Chapter since October.
How did you get involved with PTPI? A friend of my colleague told me about PTPI and we decided to start a chapter.
What is your most memorable PTPI experience? We earned enough money to help an elderly man see the lights of the word with his own eyes.
What has surprised you most about PTPI? PTPI is a longstanding organization spread all over the world that offers kindness to humanity.
What have you learned from PTPI? PTPI has taught me to be more useful to society and people, and to encourage youth to be more creative and to fight for a better future.
What would you tell someone who is considering a PTPI membership? I would tell them that PTPI is a unique organization doing only kind things
What is your superpower? Being industriousness
What is your favorite quote? “Where there is a wish there is a way” and “Make kindness and don’t wait for answer”
What food or dish best represents you or your culture? Armenian dolma, barbeque, and khash (a dish made from cow’s feet)
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