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SOAR - Mexico City Chapter

mexicocity@soar-us.org

Mexico City joined the SOAR family in October 2015. The earliest known Armenian who arrived in Mexico was Francisco Martin in 1632. In 1723, Armenian national Don Pedro de Zárate arrived on a Spanish galleon from China to Acapulco. In 1897, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz planned a project to establish an agricultural community with Armenian settlers in Northern Mexico, but the project never materialized. Soon after the Genocide, nearly 300 Armenians immigrated to Mexico, with a majority settling in La Merced and establishing themselves as shoemakers and shop owners. The Armenian community of Mexico never established a school or community center, which led to quick assimilation into the larger Mexican population. The Armenian community of Mexico is comprised of approximately 400–500 people today.



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Board of Directors:



Héctor Alejandro Santos Ortega
President

Héctor was born in Mexico City. He has a Bachelor´s Degree in International Relations. In 2014 he was the first Mexican volunteer at the Armenian Volunteer Corps, teaching Spanish at schools in Yerevan. Héctor is fluent in Spanish and English, and has an elementary proficiency in Armenian, French, and German.



Rimma Zurabian

Rimma was born in Georgia, the former USSR, but is now a natuarlized citizen of Mexico. She has earned her PhD in Biology and is a Bio Engineer, conducting research and teaching for the past 24 years. Rimma is fluent in Russian, Armenian, Spanish, English, and Czech.