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SOAR - Amsterdam Chapter

amsterdam@soar-us.org

Amsterdam joined the SOAR family in December 2013. While the exact number of Armenians in the country is unknown, unofficially estimates suggest that between 15,000 and 20,000 Armenians live in the Netherlands. Armenian and Dutch interactions go back to the 4th century when the first bishop of the Netherlands came from Armenia. In the 13th century, Armenians brought carpets, dyes, cotton, and spices from around the world and from Armenia itself. In 1713, Amsterdam permitted the Armenians to erect a church of their own. After serving its purpose for about a century and a half, this edifice was closed because of the dwindling of its congregation. The largest modern group of Armenians arrived from Turkey in the 1970s, finding employment in textile plants. Currently, most Armenians live in Almelo, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Assen Alkmaar, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, The Hague, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, and Rotterdam. Armenian Church services are currently held in Amsterdam and Almelo.


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Board of Directors:


Zara PardjinjanZara Pardjinjan
Co-President

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Armine Stepanyan
Co-President

Armine was born in Armenia, but currently lives in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. In 2012 she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2015 she earned her Master's Degree in Sociology, with a specialization in Urban Issues and Policies. Armine is a sociologist with a huge social drive and is very blessed with her son, Daniel. She thinks the way in which a society treats children says a lot about that society. The situation of Armenian children worries her, so she decided to join The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), which also allows her to contribute to her Armenian roots. In her daily life Armine works as a policy advisor in research and innovation at a nonprofit organization (Fund Victim Support) dedicated to victims of crime, accidents and disasters. In her free time she writes articles for her book (upcoming in 2016) & website Color-Blind.nl, The Dutch version of the “Dolls Test” about racial prejudice in children. Armine also works with the best team at their new project ArmVid.com.



Anna Bure

Anna was born in Yerevan and when she was 6 her family moved to Russia. She visited her family in Armenia every summer, and some of her best childhood memories were made during these trips. After studyng and working in Russia, Anna studied at Erasmus University and Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands and fell in love with this country. Her educational background is in Social Sciences and recentlt she completed her MBA. Anna is living in the Netherlands, enjoying spending time with her friends, doing yoga, crafting and playing with her dog. She decided to join SOAR, because she wanted to give back to the world and do something good. Anna hopes one day SOAR will change its name and purpose, because there won't be orphans anymore, as she believes that all children deserve a home and loving parents.