Special Announcements


The global giving report for dental care has been published. Another fundraising drive is being launched!
To see the published report and to learn more about the drive, please GO HERE.


October 2016

SOAR supporters Khatchig and Caroline Tchapadarian give back to Bird's Nest in appreciation

Khatchig Tchapadarian
Resident of Bird’s Nest from June 1973 to August 1978
My father passed away in June 1973. My mom was only 24 and had three of us to try and care for. Myself at age 7 and my two younger sisters age 4 and 1. My sister age 4 and I went to Bird’s Nest and my youngest sister went to live with my grandparents while my mom went back to school to try and find a job to care for us.

SOAR and Project Cure Update!

September 2016

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***

More announcements...

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
Dear George,
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.
Sister Louisa

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.
Keep praying.

Sister Louisa

Kohar Mardirossian Pelter, SOAR Grant and Corporate Funding Director, announced that Hilton Foundation 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)
since 2014-present.

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
Hilton Humanitarian
Prize Award!


SOAR receives Hilton Grants to renovate water pipes and Tashir convent/orphanage!


Lilit is eight years old. She was born in Armenia in 2007 and diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Due to this condition, Lilit was placed in an orphanage at ten days old. However, medical treatment was not available to her in Armenia.

In 2016 after months of planning, the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund made it possible for Lilit to travel to the United States to finally receive life-saving surgery.
Follow Lilit's incredible journey...

Lilit's Blog

SOAR Assists Cancer Stricken Boy
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