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About Our Supported Institutions


SOAR supports orphaned Armenians in Armenia, Artsakh, Javakh (Georgia), Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. It stays in regular contact with the on-site directors and maintains an updated list of needs. For information on what is currently needed, please contact SOAR's National Orphanage Liaison Tanya Bardakjian at tanyabardakjian@gmail.com.


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  Armenian flags below represent the locations of orphanages we support.






Armenia


Children's Home of Gyumri is a state orphanage in Gyumri housing approximately 100 children with special needs, under the age of 6. The Director at CHG is Anna Begjanyan.





Community Development and Social Support Center (CDSSC) offers alternative care and material assistance to children with special needs ages 6-18. The Center started its activities in 2002. The director of the Center is Ani Petrosyan.


Dzorak Care Center located in Yerevan, served as an orphanage for 400 children during the 1940s. In 1959, it became a boarding school/sanitarium for children from underprivileged families. Today, Dzorak serves as an orphanage and nursing home for approximately 120 adults with severe physical and psychological disabilities who have outgrown the traditional orphanage. The director of Dzorak is Samvel M. Khachatryan.






Gavar Orphanage is a state orphanage in Gavar housing approximately 115 children between the ages of 3 and 18.



Gyumri Social Childcare Center is a day center in Gyumri. Since July 2006, approximately 200 children from around the province have been served at the Center. The primary direct target group are children from disadvantaged families ( 6-18 years old). The Director at Gyumri Social Childcare Center is Marine Ghalachyan.







Kharberd Orphanage is a state orphanage in Kharberd housing approximately 280 children with special needs, ages 6 to 18.









Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage is a state orphanage in Yerevan housing approximately 100 children with special needs between the ages of 6 and 18.









Mer Doon is a transitional home in Echmiadzin for young women who have outgrown the traditional orphanage. Mer Doon breaks the cycle of dependency by providing education, job training, ​and ​a family environment, instilling leadership skills and teaching self-sufficiency.


Mer Hooys houses approximately 20 teenage girls in the Arapkir district of Yerevan. The girls receive language and job skills training, computer instruction, college preparation and education, religious foundational teaching, life skills training, psychological support, and hope, confidence and love.


Nork Orphanage is a state orphanage in Yerevan housing approximately 60 children (both healthy and with special needs) under the age of 6.









Nubarashen is a state boarding school in Yerevan housing approximately 83 children with special needs, ages 7 to 18.










Orphanage of Fridtjof Nansen is a state orphanage in Gyumri housing approximately 83 children between the ages of 4 and 18.









Orran “haven” in Armenian, was established in Yerevan in April 2000. The Center started with 16 children, but within 6 months had expanded to 26 elderly and 40 socially vulnerable children. In 2009, a second Orran center was established in Vanadzor. Today, Orran support approximately 95 elderly and 200 children across Armenia.





Our Lady of Armenia Center is a private orphanage in Gyumri housing approximately 45 girls between the ages of 6 and 18. The Center is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order of nuns established in 1847.
The Superior of the Center is Mother Arousiag Sajonian.


The 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 Lady of Armenia Center Summer Camp in Tsaghgadzor hosts approximately 800 children ages 8 to 15 throughout the summer, in four 16-day sessions. The Camp provides nutritious food, physical rest, recreational activities, and religious-educational experiences both to institutionalized children and other needy boys and girls.
The Superior of the Center is Mother Arousiag Sajonian.


Our Lady of Armenia Educational Center in Tashir 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.
The Director of the Center is Sister Haguinte Mouradian.


Our Lady of Armenia Educational Center Summer Camp in Tashir 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-educational experiences to children from the Tashir community.
The Camp is overseen by Sister Haguinte Mouradian of the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.



Shengavit Kindergarten is the only one of its kind. Its students - who stay overnight at the school from Monday to Friday - are children whose families are living in extreme poverty or which have histories of child abuse, domestic violence, or drug addiction. Although some of the children are able to go home on the weekends to spend time with their families, those in the latter group stay at the school through the weekend.

On Mondays, all the children are bathed at the facilities on campus and their clothes washed by the staff – most only have one set of clothing. Besides their education, the children are provided with meals throughout the day, as well as medical care they would otherwise not receive.

The school has an enrollment of 250 total students, of which 150 are those staying at the school full-time. The Shengavit Kindergarten has become an example, setting a standard according to which other schools are now built. The facility and its dedicated staff have earned the school the reputation as the best kindergarten in Yerevan.



SOS Children’s Villages' Armenian Charity Foundation - Idjevan is a child-centered organization whose core mission is to provide care and development for children without parental care and children in difficult life circumstances. The organization was founded in 1989 in response to the devastating earthquake of December 1988. In 1990, SOS Children’s Village in Kotayk opened its doors for children who had lost their parents in the earthquake. It was the first SOS Children’s Village in any former Soviet republic. SOS Children's Village in Idjevan was founded in 2009. Presently, SOS Children’s Villages in Armenia operate a wide range of child care and family strengthening community and educational activities.





SOS Children's Villages' Armenian Charity Foundation - Kotayk is a child-centered organization whose core mission is to provide care and development for children without parental care and children in difficult life circumstances. The organization was founded in 1989 in response to the devastating earthquake of December 1988. In 1990, SOS Children’s Village in Kotayk opened its doors for children who had lost their parents in the earthquake. It was the first SOS Children’s Village in any former Soviet republic. SOS Children's Village in Idjevan was founded in 2009. Presently, SOS Children’s Villages in Armenia operate a wide range of child care and family strengthening community and educational activities.





Terchoonian Home is a private orphanage in Gyumri housing approximately 75 intellectually gifted children between the ages of 3 and 12.









Vanadzor Orphanage is a state orphanage in Vanadzor housing approximately 90 children (48 girls and 42 boys) 20 years of age and under. The Director at Vanadzor is Marine Davtyan.




Vardashen is a state boarding school in Yerevan housing approximately 82 children who “exhibit socially dangerous behavior.” They range 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 every July for 8 days and hosts roughly 50 orphaned boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16. The goal of the Camp is to create a sense of family where the children experience comfort, love, compassion, and care, while simultaneously instilling in them the love of Christ and the history of the Armenian Church.








Warm Hearth~Jermik Ankyun is a private group home housing approximately 13 orphans with disabilities and mental illnesses who have outgrown the state-funded orphanages. It provides each resident with an alternative to psychiatric institutions and offers holistic care in a family-like setting. Warm Hearth is located outside of Yerevan in 3rd Village.







Zadik Orphanage is a state orphanage in Yerevan housing approximately 20 children between the ages of 6 and 18. After the age of 18, the children move to either Rainbow House or a farming village in Arzni.








Artsakh


Boarding School #1 was established June 2, 2008. The institution was founded on the grounds of former children's NGO, Zangak, which was operated on a volunteer basis. During the establishment of the institution more than 40 children were being cared for. Now the institution has state sponsorship, where 23 children are cared for, 6 boys and 17 girls. The aim of the boarding institution is to take care of and educate up to the age of 18, who are left without parental care, as well as are from socially disadvantaged families, to support the protection of their rights and legal interests, socio-psychological rehabilitation, to provide food, clothing and other necessary living things, to educate and organize medical care, and the organization of future life of children without parental care. Children attend secondary schools outside the institution; they attend various clubs (dance, song, handicrafts, poetry, and drama).

The facility offers:
  • Daily systematic work with teachers and mentors
  • Work with a psychologist
  • Training of life treatment
  • Work with a physical training instructor
  • The organization of free entertainment, taking into account the preferences and interests of children

Boarding School #2 is a state orphanage in Kashatagh, Artsakh, housing approximately 25 children between the ages of 8 and 15.

Javakh


The Holy Cross Armenian Church of Javakh Summer Day Camp in Akhakalak, Georgia, serves roughly 250 social orphans living at or below poverty level in the nearby villages. The camp was created to get these children off the streets and provide them with a safe, clean, fun, and spiritual environment during the summer.


Lebanon


Armenian Evangelical Boarding School is located in Ainjar, Lebanon. The facility is home to approximately 75 healthy social orphans.







Birds' Nest Orphanage is located in Byblos, Lebanon and has been home to thousands of children of the Armenian Community in the Middle East region for more than 80 years. Birds' Nest Orphanage was founded by Maria Jacobson, who was known by Armenians throughout the world as MAMA. Today, Birds' Nest operates under the auspices of the Catholicosate of Cilicia and His Holiness Aram I. The institution provides boarding and education, spiritual guidance, and encouragement to help build self sufficiency in preparation for life and integration into society. The orphanage is open to all children who come from broken families and are in need of care and compassion. There are currently 30 children housed at Birds' Nest, ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years old.

 

Kindergarten classes are conducted at the orphanage and elementary and intermediate school aged children are driven to school on the orphanage bus. The orphanage has a high standard for nutrition, making sure that the children are receiving the daily recommended and essential vitamins for their healthy growth. The children participate in drawing, handicraft and Sunday school lessons, have picnics and playground time, attend musical concerts, theater, movies, and other performances to maintain a good balance of leisure and activities.

 

Birds' Nest Orphanage has a permanent nurse to assess the health of the children, but they also receive regular medical, dental, and eye examinations.

The Executive Director of Birds' Nest is Mr. Samuel Boyadjian.



Bzommar_Orphanage_LebanonBzommar Orphanage is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order of nuns established in 1847. Throughout the year, the Sisters carry out catechetical, cultural and social work with both natural and social orphans. Approximately 10 girls are housed at Bzommar.



CAO_Orphanage_LebanonCardinal Aghajanian Orphanage is located in Ainjar, Lebanon. The orphanage is home to approximately 25 male social orphans.













Syria


Saint Theresa's Little Flower Orphanage-Azizie 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 were happy to live in an environment of peace and security and who were able to attend regular school. Throughout the years, this House of Providence has prepared many generations of virtuous girls to become first class citizens and excellent wives and mothers.


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.

Saint Theresa's Little Flower Orphanage-Meydan 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 were happy to live in an environment of peace and security and who were able to attend regular school. Throughout the years, this House of Providence has prepared many generations of virtuous girls to become first class citizens and excellent wives and mothers.

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 93 years. During that time a rich culture and long history has developed. This home has raised several generations of youth who have become important citizens in their communities. Before March 2012, the children lived in the Telil area of Syria. In March 2012, the children moved to a beautiful new facility in the Sis Hamaliren region. Unfortunately, due to civil unrest, we moved the children to the Aram Manoogian Community Center in September 2012. The children are cared for by a couple who live with them full-time. Current conditions in Syria do not allow for regular schooling. Whenever possible, however, the children are taught by visiting teachers. There are currently 14 boys and girls living in S.O. Khach Orphanage, ranging in age from 8 to 19 years old.


Turkey


Hrant Dink School is a day center in Istanbul that offers support to approximately 150 Armenian children between the hours of
8AM and 7PM.









Kalfayan Orphanage was founded by Srpuhi Kalfayan (1822-1889), an Armenian nun, as an orphanage for girls in Istanbul, Hasköy. In 1865, she mobilized financial support for the victims of epidemic cholera and, in 1866, opened an orphanage for 17 girls who lost their families in this epidemic disaster. Both “The Order of Kalfayan” and the orphanage exist today due to support of the Patriarchate and charitable Armenians. In recent years, Sister Gayane was ordained as the “Kalfayan nun” by the Patriarchate, and she is the last and living nun who gives spiritual support to the girls at Kalfayan Orphanage.






October 2017


A special event at Shengavit Kindergarten

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November 2016


Stepanakert Orphanage, Artsakh

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October 2016


The girls of Mer Hooys...ready for school
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May 2016


Children at OLA Tashir
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Children at Vanadzor singing
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Children from Terchoonian Home put on a performance
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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.

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October 2015


An Autumn Party at Children's Home Gyumri
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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.
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Pictures of the children of Armenian Evangelical Boarding School in Lebanon
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May 2015


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.

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