About Our Supported Institutions
SOAR supports 44 institutions in six countries: 31 orphanages, boarding schools, day centers and summer camps in Armenia; two Armenian boarding schools in Artsakh; two orphanages in Istanbul; one orphan summer camp in Javakh; four Armenian orphanages and one orphan summer camp in Lebanon; and three Armenian orphanages in Syria.
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Armenian flags below represent the locations of orphanages we support.
Boarding School #2 of Fridtjof Nansen (formerly Orphanage of Fridtjof Nansen) in Gyumri, Armenia, houses children between the ages of 4 and 18.
Children's Home of Gyumri houses approximately 125 children (50% boys-50% girls) with special needs ages 6 years and younger.
Community Development and Social Support Center (CDSSC) in Gyumri, Armenia, is a non-residential center that offers alternative care and material assistance to special needs children and their families. The Center started its activities in 2012.
Dzorak Care Center in Yerevan, Armenia, served as an orphanage for 400 children during the 1940s. In 1959, it became a boarding school for children from underprivileged families. Today, Dzorak serves as an orphanage and nursing home for adults with severe physical and psychological disabilities who have outgrown the traditional orphanage.
Gavar Orphanage in Gavar, Armenia, houses healthy children under the age of 18.
Gyumri Social Childcare Center is a day center in Gyumri, Armenia. Since July 2006, children from around the province who are at serious risk for institutionalization have been served at the Center.
Kharberd Orphanage in Yerevan, Armenia, houses children and young adults with severe disabilities.
Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage in Yerevan, Armenia, houses children with special needs between the ages of 6 and 18.
Mer Doon offers a home in Echmiadzin for young Armenian girls who have outgrown their orphanage. Mer Doon offer education and a loving and compassionate family environment, thus easing the transition from orphanage life to mainstream society.
Naghasyan Children’s Support Center (formerly Mer Hooys) houses teenage girls in the Arapkir district of Yerevan. The girls receive language and job skills training, computer instruction, life skills training, psychological support, and hope, confidence, and love.
Orran ,“haven” in Armenian, was established in Yerevan in April 2000. In 2009, a second Orran center was established in Vanadzor. Today, Orran supports approximately 95 seniors and 200 children across Armenia.
Our Lady of Armenia Annie Bezikian Youth Center is a private facility in Kanaker that houses girls between the ages of 16 and 22 who have outgrown the traditional orphanage and who are transitioning to independent living. The Center is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order of nuns established in 1847.
Our Our Lady of Armenia Center Summer Camp (Bzommar, Lebanon) hosts children ages 8 to 15 throughout the summer. The Camp provides nutritious food, physical rest, recreational activities, and religious-educational experiences both to institutionalized children and other impoverished children throughout Lebanon.
Our Lady of Armenia Center Summer Camp (Tsaghgadzor, Armenia) hosts approximately 800 children throughout the summer, in four 16-day sessions. The Camp provides nutritious food, physical rest, recreational activities, and religious-educational experiences both to orphan and otherwise needy children throughout Armenia.
Our Lady of Armenia Educational Center in Tashir, Armenia, is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and provides meals and after-school activities to approximately 30 orphaned and otherwise needy children.
Our Lady of Armenia Educational Center Summer Camp in Tashir, Armenia, hosts approximately 50 children ages 7-15 for four weeks throughout the summer. The Camp provides nutritious food, physical rest, recreational activities, educational opportunities, and religious experiences to children from the Tashir community.
Prkutyun in Yerevan, Armenia, is a day center that offers food, educational, and therapeutic services to children and young adults with disabilities.
Shengavit Kindergarten Number 141 in Shengavit, Armenia, houses students Monday through Friday whose families live in extreme poverty or which have histories of abuse, domestic violence or alcohol or drug addiction. Although some children return home on the weekends, approximately 150 remain at the school full-time.
Sisters of Charity (SOC) (Bethlehem and Spitak) is a Catholic religious order established by Mother Teresa to tend to “the poorest of the poor.” SOC-Bethlehem is a private orphanage outside of Yerevan that houses approximately very young children with severe physical and mental disabilities. SOC-Spitak is a private orphanage that houses teenagers and adults with severe physical and mental disabilities.
Terchoonian Home is a private orphanage in Gyumri, Armenia, housing children between the ages of 3 and 18.
Vanadzor Orphanage is a private orphanage in Vanadzor, Armenia, housing healthy children under the age of 18.
Vardashen is a state boarding school in Yerevan, Armenia, housing children who exhibit socially dangerous behavior between the ages of 6 and 18.
The Voice of the Armenian Church Orphan Summer Camp, operating under the auspices of the Eastern Prelacy and its Executive Council, is held in the summer retreat of Tsaghgadzor, Armenia, and hosts orphaned children between the ages of 10 and 16. The Camp, held in July for eight days, exposes the children to comfort, love, compassion, and care, while simultaneously instilling in them the love of Christ and the history of the Armenian Church.
Warm Hearth (3rd village and Arinj, Armenia) houses adults with disabilities who have outgrown the state-funded orphanages. The two facilities provide the residents with an alternative to psychiatric institutions, offering holistic care in a family-like setting.
Yerevan’s Children Home (formerly Nork Orphanage) in Yerevan, Armenia, houses children (both healthy and with special needs) ages 6 years and under.
Yerevan Special School Number 11 for Mentally Retarded Children (Nubarashen) is a state boarding school in Yerevan housing children with special needs.
Zadik Yerevan Child Assistance Center in Yerevan, Armenia, houses children between the ages of 6 and 18. After the age of 18, the children move to either Rainbow House, a transitional home, or Zadikavan, a farming village in Arzni.
Boarding School #1 in Stepanakert, Artsakh, houses healthy and special needs children between the ages of 4 and 16.
Boarding School #2 in Kashatagh, Artsakh, houses healthy and special needs children between the ages of 6 and 17.
The Holy Cross Armenian Church of Javakh Summer Day Camp in Akhakalak, Georgia, serves social orphans living at or below poverty level from the nearby villages. The camp provides the children with a safe, clean, fun, and spiritual environment during the summer.
Armenian Evangelical Boarding School in Ainjar, Lebanon, is home to healthy social orphans.
Birds' Nest Orphanage in Byblos, Lebanon, has been home to thousands of Armenian children in the Middle East region for more than 90 years. Today, Birds’ Nest houses healthy social orphans.
Bzommar Orphanage in Bzommar, Lebanon, is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order of nuns established in 1847. The Sisters carry out catechetical, cultural, and social work with both natural and social orphans. Approximately 10 teenage girls reside at Bzommar.
Cardinal Aghajanian Orphanage in Ainjar, Lebanon, is home to orphaned boys.
Saint Theresa’s Little Flower Orphanage (Azizie and Meydan, Syria) is the House of Providence. After the 1915 Genocide, the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception stood responsible for the displaced and served as comforting and caring “mothers” for the lonely Armenian orphans. In 1936, “The Providence Orphanage" (Nakhakhnamootian Doon) was founded in the Syrian region of Azizie and was a haven for 300 orphaned children. Before March 2011, the orphanage housed up to 35 girls who lived in an environment of peace and who attended regular school. Because of the war and the unrest in Aleppo, many of the Armenian orphans could no longer stay at The Providence Orphanage. Some live in Meydan, a very poor Armenian section in Aleppo, and attend Zvartnotz School, while other orphans live in Azizie and attend Zanabek, the other Armenian school run by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
S.O. Khach Orphanage in Syria has been a family for more than 90 years. Before March 2012, the children lived in the Telil area of Syria. Due to civil unrest, the children moved to the Aram Manoogian Community Center in September 2012. S.O. Khach houses healthy children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 19 years old.
Hrant Dink School in Istanbul, Turkey, offers day services to Armenian children.
Kalfayan Orphanage in Istanbul, Turkey, was founded in 1866 by Srpuhi Kalfayan, an Armenian nun. Both the “Order of Kalfayan” and the orphanage exist today due to support from the Patriarchate and charitable donors.
Celebrations at Hrant Dink
Easter performance....Christian holidays are always celebrated and well performed by young talented artists of OLA...and always with a full audience...
A special event at Shengavit Kindergarten
Stepanakert Orphanage, Artsakh
The girls of Mer Hooys...ready for school
Children at OLA Tashir
Children at Vanadzor singing
Children from Terchoonian Home put on a performance
Children from one of the schools at Erebuni residential area made a visit to Mari Izmirlyan orphanage. 36 kids from the 5th grade class (12 years old) from school #35
after Gogol decided to put aside some of their school lunch money during the last month and share it with the kids at the orphanage for purchasing toys, cloths, cookies and chocolates. It was a very moving
and impressive day for the parents. This was a start for more frequent visits in the future by the school children and their parents.
An Autumn Party at Children's Home Gyumri
A Wedding!!! Monika and Lyudvig were united in marriage and held the wedding party at Mer Doon. She was happy to have SOAR represented at her wedding as she had been a "SOAR kid" and is grateful for all SOAR had done for her as she was growing up.
Pictures of the children of Armenian Evangelical Boarding School in Lebanon
Masis Event Sponsored by SOAR...
The children of Kharberd Orphanage danced to celebrate Parent's Day and for the opening of a new daycare center.