Yes OO Tu//You and Me
Three young girls, Lena Bardakjian, Kristina Chevian, and Ariana Megerian being supervised by Tanya Bardakjian, created a pilot program established to promote a sense of individuality in Armenian youth.
GO HERE to learn all about this amazing endeavour!
SOAR announces the opening of
Lili's Bed and Breakfast
Visit the website for more information or to make a reservation!
SOAR announces the roll out of our new REACH sponsorship platform!
GO HERE to view all the sponsorships available!
We are proud to announce that SOAR has now been vetted by Project Cure and we have received their seal of approval!
Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters 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 Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters.
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!
We are thrilled to announce that SOAR received a $20,000 grant for the sisters in Aleppo and Damascus from the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters!
The grant acknowledges the sisters' efforts to reach out and help all Armenians and especially Armenians in the dire conditions of the war in Syria.
We will continue our efforts to find grants that help other congregations and the Armenian people of Syria.
Global Giving has just awarded SOAR a major Seal of Approval. This badge allows us to share with the world that our organization has been vetted by GlobalGiving and was actively engaged in our community in 2016. We hope that publicly sharing our badge will help our organization continue to gain the recognition that we deserve as a trusted partner and change-maker in the world.
SOAR and Project Cure Update!
Kohar Mardirossian Pelter announced that SOAR received and distributed a large shipment of medical equipment, supplies and rehab equipment including very specialized handicap wheelchairs, special needs beds and mattresses to 4 orphanages (Kharpert, Nork, OLA, and Mari Izmirlyan) in Armenia and Gyumri. It also distributed over 130 pairs of clogs to the Syrian Armenian Center in Yerevan. The entire shipment is valued at $300,000!
SOAR is expecting to ship another large shipment of medical and humanitarian aid early next year.
SOAR, in collaboration with Project Cure, has already sent shipments valued at over $500,000!
***To view the new shipment CLICK HERE***
Our own Mother Arousiag of Our Lady of Armenia Center (OLA) in Gyumri has been called the "Mother Teresa of Armenia". View the article HERE.
Syrian Armenian Disaster Relief Updates and Distributions in Syria and Yerevan
October 9, 2016
Many thanks for asking about me.
Yes, things are worse than you can imagine. On Friday, ten days ago things were so bad that the parents came and took their children, the 250 students in less than half an hour. Thank God all went home safe and sound. In the afternoon the bombing and fighting were so bad that we, the two sisters had to leave our convent and take refuge with our sisters in Azizie. All Armenian schools as well as several of public schools within the fighting section of NorKugh decided to close the schools all last week because of the severe bombing and mortars. Many Armenians living in NorKugh lost their lives in this attack many of them are young.
We stay with our sisters in Azizie at night but we were in our school during the day. God was and is our refuge.
Today, Sunday the ninth of October, we came back to our Zvartnotz school in the hope of having school tomorrow Monday. Please pray for the safety of our students.
Yes, we don't have mother general for the time being, we hope to have elections around Christmas vacation.
George, I don't need mother general to ask me to leave I am staying here with all my will. My stay here in this country especially in Aleppo is an encouragement to our students parents and a witness to people especially our Armenians people. All I need is your constant prayers so the almighty Lord will shower his mercy and peace upon this country especially Aleppo. Our hopes are high that one day things are going to be better than the last six years.
Dear George, again thank you for asking about me and our people I hope next time I will be able to give you better news.
Say hello to all who ask about me.
May the Lord keep you safe and in good health.
June 3, 2016
Yesterday around six pm a big rocket hit the school and the convent and both places are severely damaged. Thank God we were not home we were in church when this happened. On our way back home a big propane tank thrown by the rebels exploded in front of the car that we were riding and by a heavenly intervention none of us in the car was hurt I almost were thrown from the car... Now we have to fix all damaged places. We are emotionally and physically very tired and exhausted.
Kohar Mardirossian Pelter, SOAR Grant and Corporate Funding Director, announced that Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters has donated ANOTHER $10,000, now totaling $20,000 since January 2016, in Emergency Grant funds as a humanitarian relief for Sr. Louisa in Aleppo, Syria.
SOAR has distributed over $500,000 of Disaster Relief to the Syrian Armenian orphanages, children and families in Aleppo (Syria) and Syrian Armenian Refugees in Yerevan (Armenia)
Go here for a complete list of distributions
As conditions in Artsakh remain unstable, SOAR remains committed to assisting the two Armenian orphanages in Stepanagert and Kashatagh. If you would like to earmark a donation to the Artsakh orphanages, CLICK HERE and choose Artsakh Orphanages from the drop down menu.
Thank you for your continued support of our orphaned Armenian children.
SOAR is nominated
for the prestigious
SOAR receives Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters grant to renovate water pipes and
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