ECHMIADZIN, Armenia – Ambassador Erikas Petrikas, Lithuania’s Ambassador to Armenia, and his wife, Ilona Petrikiene, recently visited Mer Doon, where they were treated to Mer Doon’s hospitality. In addition to touring the facility, the ambassador and his wife enjoyed specially prepared Lithuanian food, dancing, singing and conversations with the residents. Karen Grigoryan, mayor of the city of Echmiadzin, was present for the visit and hosted them at City Hall.
The ambassador was impressed by the safe and loving home environment provided to the orphaned and disadvantaged girls living at Mer Doon. He said that a program like Mer Doon does not exist in Lithuania, and he commended the staff on operating such a unique organization.
In a letter to Mer Doon following his visit, Petrikas stated, “Let me to thank you for giving us an opportunity to learn about Mer Doon’s activities, for the warm welcome, for organizing lovely hospitality, and for your devoted efforts. I think that the first steps to establishing friendly relations have already been achieved and will continue in the future. You have my deep respect.”