December 2017 - The new Global Giving Report for the SOAR Dental Suites, "Dentists From Fresno Volunteer at SOAR Clinics" is live on GlobalGiving! More >
SOAR St Loius is holding a raffle for a vacation package! More >
SOAR Philadelphia Save the Date "Black and White Ball" March 10, 2018 More >
Save the Date! SOAR is hosting "Sports Without Limits" in May of 2018 More >
Wedding cards made by the children at Zadik Orphanage now available! More >
SOAR held an Eastern Hemisphere Chapter Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, February 26-February 28, 2016 More >
SOAR-La Cañada's Gala "An Evening of Hope" was a huge success raising more than $72,000!! More >
Special announcement! Angela Bassett supports SOAR and named honorary chairperson of SOAR-La Cañada More >
SOAR-LA's gala had a special guest and write up in PEOPLE magazine! More >
A wedding party at Mer Doon for Monika and Lyudvig!! More >
SOAR hosted a Virtual Genocide Conference in Armenia on May 5, 2015, Sponsored by SOAR SanAntonio/Austin chapter. View the video here! More >
SOAR 10th Anniversary Celebration in Philadelphia More >
Supporter and philanthropist John Mekjian's visit to Lebanon More >
SOAR Europe Regional Meeting and SOAR Brussels Charity Reception were both great successes! More >
Hilton Grant Awarded for Aleppo/ Syria
A letter from Mother Arousiag
Ten days ago, I visited our schools in Aleppo and Damascus. I couldn’t believe my eyes on what I witnessed. I have been following for years the ruins on the internet, but seeing them is just horrendous. Row after row of damaged buildings and apartments, empty stores along several kilometers, damaged asphalt streets where no cars can circulate, whole sections of the town completely deserted because of houses and buildings half ruined, huge pieces of concrete covering roads, etc. etc. Here and there, some clothes hanging from dilapidated balconies where people have found refuge. A real ghost city which has made me cry for hours.
I stayed in both of our houses in Aleppo. The Sisters have renovated the damages, but every corner of the school reminds them of the bomb shells and their miraculous escape. The poverty is very obvious on the faces of the children and I am so glad to know that the Sisters have been able to provide food to several families through the Hilton Fund.
Many have left the city, but there are still many families who have had the courage to stay hoping for better days. It is true that I didn’t hear the sounds of any rockets while I was there, but the fear of the unknown is torturing the people. There are some areas where people seem to have overcome their fears while enjoying their narghila at an open restaurant (next to ruined apartments), but you can read on their faces their anxiety and their disbelief that everything is back to normal.
In Damascus, at the entrance of the city, everything looked normal, but as evening approached, you could hear the rockets. In fact, a rocket had fallen just fifty meters from our school two days prior my arrival, and I was warned to expect the sounds of the bomb shells almost all night. It seemed as though people have trusted their lives to the Lord and have become accustomed to go out during the day only and stay home as evening approaches.
May God reward the courage of our Sisters whose presence is comforting our suffering people.