Boo Alt House
Boo Alt House is located in Vanadzor Canyon, at a beautiful spot in forested mountains and a mountain river. This part of the canyon used to be the “summer house area” of Vanadzor and was largely abandoned after the 1990s crises. In 2016 EcoHub bought an old summer house building in the canyon and started transforming it to a unique place for non formal education, team retreats and leisure. Dozens of volunteers and supporters have been contributing to this transformation since then.
The Idea of Boo Alt House
Since 2011, EcoHub has been conducting non-formal education courses on sustainable development and active citizenship for young people from all over Armenia. We needed a well-designed and friendly space to keep this work going. Many of our team members live in Vanadzor, so this is where we chose to build this space which we called Boo Alt House. Vanadzor Canyon caught us with its beautiful nature, peaceful and secluded location. This place would allow us to realize our ideas of sustainability: to find alternative energy sources, to reuse and recycle, to serve delicious vegetarian food, to be close to nature. Boo Alt House would also secure economic independence for EcoHub: we would save money on renting hotel spaces and would have an income from giving our own space for rent. We would be able to provide part of the income to funding the initiatives of EcoHub’s alumni in different towns and villages of Armenia.
Social and Ecological Investments
The reconstruction of Boo Alt House was possible thanks to the idea of social and ecological investments. What is this?,- one may wonder. We called on our friends in Armenia and abroad and asked them to lend us 500 Euros or more for a period of 3 years. We settled to pay back the debt in 3 installments, accompanied with gift packages made by the alumni of EcoHub’s projects. Around 30 people responded to the call, and some of them chose to donate their investment rather than lend it. We also wrote letters to different construction companies, hotels, charitable organizations and asked for in-kind donations. e.g. slightly damaged tiles or furniture items. This is how we collected almost the entire amount of necessary construction materials.