HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR PENSIONERS AND SYRIAN-ARMENIAN CHILDREN

 

 

 

On the eve of the holidays, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) prepared a pleasant surprise for 1200 pensioners and children. For two days on December 28 and 29 the AGBU Yerevan staff and AGBU Yerevan Scout Movement members delivered packages full of food and drinks for Christmas to more than 600 pensioners in need visiting the AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin’s three dining centers in Yerevan. Those who were not able to visit the centers themselves also received Christmas packages. The AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin’s Nor Nork, Arabkir and Malatya senior dining centers have been providing daily meals to more than 600 pensioners in need for over 20 years. On December 29th, AGBU also prepared a New Year surprise for 600 Syrian-Armenian children, aged 6-13, at the AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center, where the “Syrian-Armenian Relief Coordination Center” NGO has been operating for several months. A festive celebration was organized at the AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center, with the participation of clowns, various cartoon characters and of course Santa Clause and the Snow Maiden. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had also prepared gifts for the children on the day.

PHOTO EXHIBITION AT THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM INSTITUTE

 

 

November 12th, 2015, saw the opening of a unique photo exhibition entitled Western Armenia Through the Lens of Dildilians and Kevork Jerjianat the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute (AGMI) in Yerevan. The Dildilians were generations of photographers with a collection of more than 600 photographs taken between 1880-1923 in various settlements in Western Armenia and Minor Asia, including those depicting the horrifying episodes of the Armenian Genocide and its consequences.

Present at the opening of the exhibition was Armen Marsubian, professor at the University of Connecticut, USA, and Tsolak Dildilian’s grandson, who has spared no effort in taking this exhibition to London and Ankara. Kevork Jerjian was a doctor from Karin (Erzurum). In the early 1900s, traveling in Western Armenia with his camera, he took more than 240 photos of his homeland Arabkir and other towns and villages, of which only 100 survived. In 2014, Kevork Jerjian’s grandson, George Jerjian from London, donated the collection, together with a number of other valuable documents, to the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute. George Jerjian himself was present at the opening of the exhibition at AGMI.
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10TH REPUBLICAN INTERSCHOOL CHESS TOURNAMENT HELD AT ARMENIA’S CHESS ACADEMY

 

The 2nd round of the 10th Republican Interschool Chess Olympiad kicked off at Armenia’s Chess Academy on November 10. This Tournament is organized by Armenia’s Chess Academy and the RA Ministry of Education and Science. For 9 consecutive years the AGBU sponsors the tournament, which brings together more than 10,000 students from Armenia, Artsakh and Javakhk every year. The ceremony was attended by Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan, President of the Armenia’s Chess Academy Smbat Lputyan, AGBU Armenia Special Projects Coordinator Inessa Margaryan, parents, journalists and guests. To read the whole article, please click here.

BELGIAN POLITICIAN VISITS SYRIAN-ARMENIAN RELIEF COORDINATION CENTER

 

On October 9th, Minister-President of Belgium’s Wallonia-Brussels Federation Rudy Demotte, in Armenia for the 31st Session of the Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of La Francophonie, visited the Syrian-Armenian Relief Coordination Center NGO at the AGBU Vahe Karapetian Center in Yerevan. The purpose of the visit was to understand issues and challenges faced by refuges in Armenia and the strategies to overcome them. As the Minister stated, both countries face very similar challenges when it comes to refugees and these require immediate solutions.
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AGBU ARMENIA ORGANIZES “BRIDGE” CHARITY EXHIBITION AND SALE OF PAINTINGS BY ZULUM AND MUSHEGH GRIGORYANS

 

 

Over the past three years, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) has supported Syrian-Armenians who have found themselves in difficult circumstances. Since the beginning of the Civil War in Syria, AGBU has been among the first organizations lening a helping a hand to our compatriots in Syria, Lebanon and Armenia. During this time, the AGBU has contributed over 2.5 million US dollars to Syrian-Armenian relief programs. On October 22nd, 2015, as part of its Syrian-Armenian relief programs, AGBU organized a charity exhibition and sale of works by RA national artist and painter Zulum Grigoryan and his son painter Mushegh Grigoryan. The 85 years-old painter and his son, also a painter, presented over 57 works to art lovers in Yerevan. All proceeds from the exhibition and sale entitled “Bridge” went to AGBU’s relief efforts in support of Syrian-Armenians. “The idea had come to me a long time ago. I was in two minds about which organization to collaborate with and a friend referred me to the Armenian General Benevolent Union. I spoke with then and was very pleased that our discussions ended with this type of cooperation.

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