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SERIES OF CHRISTMAS CONCERTS BY AGBU AND MOTHER SEE OF HOLY ETCHMIADZIN CHILDREN’S CENTERS

 

On January 11, AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Children’s Centers organized a series of Christmas concerts at the Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall with the participation of more than 360 children of the Centers. The hall was packed to a standing room audience only during all three performances. The concerts were organized with the support of AGBU and His Holiness Karekin II. All three performances ended in standing ovations. About 7,000 children who attended the concerts received gift sets prepared by Holy Etchmiadzin on the day of the concert, and also during different events and visits of the Children’s Center students to orphanages and rehabilitation centers since December 20. Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin together with the Armenian General Benevolent Union and various philanthropists, standing firmly with the Armenian Church, have ensured that the Children’s Centers remain open and functional for 20 years. The Centers, in their turn, take every opportunity to contribute to the benevolent projects and global mission of both the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and AGBU. In February 1993, AGBU and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin joined forces to establish three Children's Centers in Yerevan. These Centers provide art, computer, crafts, dance, gymnastics, history, language and music programs to local children after regular school hours and during the summer. All three Centers also house a chapel and host weekly church services and Bible studies. About 4,000 students, ages four to twenty-four, are enrolled in the three AGBU Children's Centers of Yerevan, which are overseen by an administrative staff of over 300. Students of the AGBU Children’s Centers actively and successfully participate in various festivals, exhibitions, award ceremonies, cultural and sport events.

 
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