SOAR - Daimús Chapter

Daimús (Spain) joined the SOAR family in August 2020. A small municipality near the town of Gandia close to the Mediterranean Sea, Daimús has a population of about 2,200 inhabitants in winter and around 20,000 in summer. Daimús was founded in the 13th century after the Reconquista. For many centuries Daimús was a rural area with crops of vegetables and oranges. Later it became a tourist area due to its proximity to the sea. Most of the population now works in the nearby cities of Oliva and Gandia.


Anna Arakelyan

Anna was born and grew up in Yerevan. As a teenager, she participated in the USA Educational Board Exchange Program in Armenia and won a FLEX scholarship for studying one year in the USA. Upon her return to Armenia, she joined the Armenian YMCA as a volunteer and stayed there five years. In 2001, she went to study in Sweden, at Lund University within the framework of LUMES, International Environmental Sciences Master Program. Upon her graduation, she returned to Armenia and since then has been working in the field of international organizations, such as UNDP, UNFPA, and IREX. In 2011 I met Jesus, her Spanish husband, and since then they have formed a family in Madrid, living with their two year old son. Her favorite life quote is: “Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away”.