In February 1993, AGBU and the Holy See of 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 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, aged 4-21, are enrolled in the Children's Centers, which are overseen by an administrative staff of over 300. Presently, there are eight Children’s Centers operating in Armenia. In 2007, 13-year-old Marian Marukyan from the Nork Center was awarded the top prize during a ceremony at the United Nations in New York City for the International Children's Art Competition. Over the years, the AGBU Children's Centers Performing Arts Troupes have traveled to the US, Canada, Russia, Georgia, Uruguay, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, Lebanon and Malta to present their talents at various cultural events attracting tens of thousands of attendees. Students of the AGBU Children’s Centers actively and successfully participate in various festivals, exhibitions, award ceremonies, cultural and sport events. Among the notable events during 2011-12 were the junior Eurovision contest held in Yerevan, “Pomegranate Seed” national theatrical festival, applied arts exhibition in Moscow, the Delphi international games and the “World Children Games” held in Turkey. In 2014, students of the Nork Children’s Center’s Gevork Ginosyan Circus Troop joined Betty to represent Armenia at the Junior Eurovision Contest in Malta and came home with the third prize. On Yerevan’s 2796th birthday the staff of the Nork Children’s Center was awarded the Yerevan Gold Medal by the Mayor Taron Margaryan for the various cultural events and tireless contributions.



For the last ten years, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) has financed the “On the Ways of Diaspora” and “Meronk” TV programs, which are aired on H1 Public Television of the Republic of Armenia. The program has reached Armenian communities in more than 60 countries around the world. Rafayel Hovanissian's program has won a number of awards and critical acclaim.



AGBU’s donation of computers, scanners, printers and other important research tools to the Armenian Genocide Museum, with the goal of furthering research and education about this historical tragedy, digitizing museum resources to be available to online visitors from around the world. AGBU also contributes to the enrichment of the Museum’s scientific collection with unique materials. In 2009, with the financial support of the AGBU Young Professionals of Los Angeles the museum obtained over 150 valuable historic items, including 75 volumes of rare books, which are primary sources for Armenian genocide studies, of which 30 are of unique importance. AGBU also made a significant contribution to the establishment of the Genocide Museum-Institute in 1995.



In 1996, the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute and AGBU, under the direction of AGBU Central Board Member, Dr. Levon Nazarian, Professor of Radiology at the Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, USA, established ultrasound departments serving thousands of patients at the Oncology and Erebuni hospitals. Four years later, AGBU and Jefferson opened a new ultrasound training center at the Yerevan State Medical University. Medical personnel receive instruction and hands-on training at the Ultrasound Center in all aspects of ultrasound, including interventional, abdominal, obstetrics and gynecology. Since its establishment, the Center has trained over 140 doctors in the certificate program and more than 235 students in the medical internship program. With the sponsorship of Dr. Nazarian, the Ultrasound Center obtained a CT Scan machine in 2005. AGBU donors continue their support of the development of ultrasound research in Armenia and Karabakh by periodically donating new ultrasound machines to hospitals in Armenia, Karabakh and Javakhk. In 2010, through the donation of AGBU Council of Trustees member Nazar Nazarian, the “AGBU-YSMU Levon and Claudia Nazarian Radiology Center” opened at the Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU).


The Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Candle-Lighting Chapel and Pontifical Mausoleum, being constructed alongside the main Cathedral at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, took place On November 14th, 2014 presided over by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. The Candle Lighting Chapel is constructed through the generous donation of the Mother See’s benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Ani Yacoubian (USA). The construction of the Chapel is carried out by “Horizon 95” Construction Company. Mr & Mrs Yacoubian were also the benefactors behind the construction of the Vasgenyan Seminary.


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