A GoGundMe for Svetlana Grigoryan has been set up by SOAR.
Svetlana Grigoryan, one of the children assisted by the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), is in dire need.
Svetlana has been diagnosed with periodic syndrome, disorders characterized by recurrent episodes of systemic and organ-specific inflammation. She lives with her mother, sister, and grandmother in an old "domik," where hygiene, comfort and space are virtually non-existent.
SOAR provided her family wood to stay warm through the winter months. SOAR staff applied to have the home supplied with a gas heater, but were refused because of safety issues.
The only solution to habitability is a complete renovation. Multiple estimates have been received at approximately $20,000. Because the level of assistance exceeds our Sponsorship Program, a special Fund has been created exclusively for Svetlana and her family. All funds raised will be used exclusively and entirely for this renovation.
Please consider donating toward this Fund to give Svetlana and her family a joyous holiday season!
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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.
Thank you again and God be your reward!