Highlights from the Sponsorship Fund
Manvel Andriasyan from Gyumri Social Childcare Center is one of the talented and progressive children at the center. Despite his health issues he is actively involved in life and does very well in the music ensemble and at school. Manvel may at times have serious health issues typical to his disease (diabetes), but he does not lose his faith and continues to get stronger.
SOAR has continued to provide him with his diabetes strips, food, clothing, transportation fees for his music classes, utility payments for the winter months, and water heater for his home.
Susanna Slabcova from Warm Hearth received needed medications
Because of the SOAR Sponsorship Fund, Mane Karapetyan from Fridtjof Nansen received glasses, 2 pairs of shoes, trousers and food for when she is home on the weekends
Sponsored children from Vanadzor were able to go on a shopping trip with SOAR Vanadzor chapter president Manana for needed clothing and other necessary items
Hot water for having a bath is no longer a problem for these three children. A hot water heater was purchased for Manvel and his siblings thanks to the SOAR Sponsorship Fund.
Socially deprived children are always the top priority for SOAR.
These four children are taken care of by a single mother and grandmother...
They have been living in very miserable conditions, but have been receiving assistance from the SOAR Sponsorship Fund for the past three years.
The most recent assistance was the purchase of a washing machine. Previously the family had no way of washing their clothes regularly.
Household goods for the children at Mari Izmirlyan
Mushegh is one of the few children at GSCC who has a very caring and loving mother.
Both he and his mother have serious health problems. Mushegh and his mother are both very grateful for every act of kindness.
Recently within the SOAR Sponsorship Program Mushegh received a mobile and speakers.
He is very fond of computer games and music. His progress in education is a little slow, but he is doing his best with the center's pedagogues.
Mushegh has consistently been supported with food, clothing, and utility payments from SOAR.
Most parents shower their children with attention, love and care.
Few children have to take on their shoulders the responsibility of taking care of their parents since they were a young child.
Arpine is the very devoted child and daughter who is doing her best to care for her bedridden mother.
She knows how to light the wooden heating to provide warmth for mother. After lessons, she goes to the hospital and sits at the feet of her mother, makes soup for her and feeds her.
In spite of all these difficulties she has a dream. Arpine wants to become an artist.
One day perhaps she will paint her "Found Dream".
SOAR has always provided her with food, wood for winter, and painting materials.
Her beautiful smile is reward enough to those who help her.
Artyom dreams that one day his mom will come back from prison and they will never be parted.
He continues to live with his grandparents in a poor rented domic without any normal ammenities.
His grandmother has applied to different community authorities for a house, but still no results.
Artyom has permanent health issues. He needs vitamins, healthy food, and clothing.
His grandfather is not capable of working and the grandmother is doing cleaning.
Due to SOAR support he has received food packages, payment for house rent, necessary medications, and utility payments for the winter months.
Children from Terchoonian Home received funds for tuition for special courses
Seven of the sponsored children and at Gyumri Social Childcare Center and their families were facing a hard winter without adequate food, clothing and heating. Because of the SOAR Sponsorship Fund, they received the assistance they needed.
The sponsored children at Orran were able to get needed clothing and supplies
Manvel and Ofelia received the medications they needed
Lilit and Hamlet of Kharbrd were able to go shopping and went out for a nice lunch
Ofelia was able to go shopping for Christmas presents for the first time! She was so excited!
Nune and Edmon from Orran were able to go shopping for needed clothing and shoes
Goharik from Mer Hooys received a mobile phone thanks to her sponsor
Gifts for the sponsored children at Kharberd
Birthday party and gifts for Gayane
A shopping trip for needed items for the sponsored children at Vanadzor
Sponsorship funds for Manvel Andriasyan at GSCC not only helped with his diabetes, but also helped him to develop his talents and integrate him with other bright children. He was able to be involved in "Deghzanik", a very popular music ensemble in Armenia.
Lusine Abrahamyan from Orran has been provided with materials for Art classes
Children from GSCC and their families received needed supplies
Ashot Gerasimyan, Samuel Hovhannisyan and Arman Baloyan from CHG were provided with diapers
Emanuel visited his sponsored child, Ofelia
The situation was critical for Haytyan and his family. They were in desperate need of food, clothing and hygiene supplies. Because of the SOAR Sponsorship Fund, they received all the needed supplies and had their electric bill paid.
Lilit from Mer Hooys was able to get new glasses when after her pair had been broken
Arthur Chomaryan was able to purchase needed clothing
Utility expenses for the winter were covered and a food package brought to Eduard Toroyan and his mother
Birthday celebration for Hamlet at Kharberd and at his studio at the orphanage where he sews shoes. He's been very happy. He is always grateful for the support he receives from his sponsor - Gayane Voskanyan.
Gifts for the sponsored children at Kharberd
Goharik, from Kharberd, had an eye exam, received her needed medication, went shopping, and ended the day with lunch, ice cream, and a pastry.
Suan and Suaf, a part of the SOAR SCOH Sponsorship Fund, received presents
Karine was able to go on a shopping trip for much needed clothing. She bought 2 trousers, T-shirts, blouse, shoes
and a bag.
Artyom Baghdasrayan and his family received funds to pay for 2 months of house rent
Naira Aslanian, SOAR-New York chapter president, provided needed medication for Nork Orphanage
SOAR Assists Cancer Stricken Boy
Continuing our efforts to facilitate humanitarian support for orphan and otherwise impoverished children in Armenia, SOAR provided a $500 donation from an anonymous donor to Hayk Minasyan. Hayk has leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, which cannot be done in Armenia. We will follow Hayk’s case, and can receive donation earmarked specifically for his care. You can make a donation by CLICKING HERE and choosing Hayk Minasyan from the drop down menu.
Lilit was born with severe scoliosis. 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.
Christmas gifts for Rafik and Syuzanna who are sponsored by SOAR-Brussels
Medical tests for the sponsored children at Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage
Arsen received the cell phone he wanted for his birthday!
Warm clothing and other needed items for 8 of the sponsored children at Kharberd Orphanage
Needed medications for Sasha Kalantaryana and Satenik Abrahamyan at Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage as well as a donation of 100 sets of bed linen
Rafik Yeghoyan, sponsored by SOAR-Brussels, and his family in their new apartment. The apartment is nice and comfortable for their family, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, sitting room, nicely furnished, clean and with heating system. The mother requested curtain rods to place curtains to help keep the apartment warm, which were provided for them.
Manvel Andriasyan and his mother received food and money for needed treatments and travel to the facility for those treatments
Sponsored children from Nubarashen received presents
Gohar was able to go on a 6 hour trip in the city for shopping eating,
walking around and just talking about everything.
13 of the sponsored children at Kharberd receiving their presents
Nazeli received the medicine she needed for her larynx
The family of Vardan Botoyan received food, hygenic supplies, including diapers, stationery, and money
for special boots for Vardan
A distribution of school supplies for Gyumri Social Childcare Center sponsored children
Movses Kalashyan's birthday celebration. He received all the gifts he asked for...3 pairs of trainers, a watch, and a radio. It was a wonderful celebration with cake and juice with his friends.
A birthday celebration at summer camp in Sevan with "Faith and Light" for Ed. He had a very happy birthday!
An apartment for Rafik and his family. The mother is unemployed, but works the fields in the summer, so assistance for food is also provided. Both Rafik and his sister will also be able to take swimming lessons during the summer which they are both thrilled about!
Needed food and supplies for some of the sponsored chidren and their families
Gohar Manoukyan was able to go on a special trip to Yerevan for shopping, eating out, and for a drive. She also received the eye drops that she needed.
At the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies event, Eduardo gave an impressive speech about his dream that brought many to tears. He spoke about becoming a photo designer in order to take photos of children that need help in order to get them the help that they need.
Games and vitamins were donated to the children. They enjoyed playing the games and learning about being healthy.
Arman Stepanyan received the necessary medical tests and ear devices. He also receives individual and group exercises that are organized by the speech therapist.
Arusyak Kharatyan has been taken to a specialized hospital for treatments for her spinal problem and to receive tests on her knees. Special speech therapy trainings are organized for her as well.
Hamlet was thrilled with his new cell phone that he received for his birthday!
The girls at Mer Hooys received funds for clothing, lessons, and make up.
Pashik Dokholyan with his donated clothes and
Eric Ayvazyan with his tablet donated by his sponsors.
A food package for Eghoyan's family
Lyova received new shoes thanks to his sponsor
Karen received a special gift for her first day of school after vacation
Eduard Toroyan on a trip to the Vatican, Italy with his mother
Hamlet and Arsen had both received tools and were able to have an exhibition of their work.
Funds were provided for food and medicine for Manvel Andriasyan who has Diabetes Mellitus.
Clothing provided for Lyova
Medication and other necessities were purchased for Raffik Yenokyan and his sister by the Brussels chapter.
Rafik's siblings were also given needed treatments
A visit to Azat Grigoryan, who has cerebral palsy, was brought his favorite sweets and foods.
Karapet Darakchyan at SOS Kotayk with his presents from his sponsor
Sponsored children from Mari Izmirlyan received Christmas presents on behalf of their sponsors
Some of the sponsored children at Nubarashen received Christmas presents on behalf of their sponsors
Gor Nersisyan received new hearing aids. Several tests had been done to decide what type of devices were best for him.
Hamlet and Arsen receive working tools
Karine Yesayan received a new tablet to help her with her education thanks to her sponsor
Sponsored children at Kharberd Orphanage wearing some of their new cloths and shoes
A shopping trip for the children of Kharberd Orphanage
Clothes and shoes purchased for the sponsored children at Children's Home of Gyumri
Distribution of school bags for the children of Gyumri Social Childcare Center
Arsen's birthday celebration at Kharberd. He was very grateful to receive the Tablet he was asking for. Now he can practice all the things he has been learning in his computer classes!
Movses Kalashyan's birthday celebration!
Aram Grigoryan from Mari Izmirlyan had a special birthday celebration. He wants to become a pilot and take his sponsors on a ride!
Presents from shopping day for the Kharberd sponsered children...
Excerpts from a letter from Siranoush...
Please find attached some pictures of the sponsored children enjoing their rest at the camp in Shorja. It's on the other coast of Lake Sevan. It's a two hour drive to get to Shorja. The children were very happy. Special thanks to the sponsors on behalf of all the children...
Excerpts from a letter from Siranoush...
Please find attached the pictures on our visit to Gavar...
Pictures of the presents on the mini bus,... at the orphanage,
children with their presents and 2 boxes of ice-cream.
Excerpts from a letter from Siranoush...
A visit to Vanadzor to meet the girls and to arrange a birthday party for them. They were bought two cakes, cookies, chocolates, juice and summer shirts. They send their love, greetings and thanks to you for your attention, care, presents and the lovely day they had together with their friends.
Congratulations Ani on a job well done!
Due to the generosity of several donors, Marcel at Kharberd received the special chairs and bathing equipment he needed!
In the summer of 2012, Gayane Voskanyan visited one of her sponsored children, Hamlet Arzumanyan, at Kharberd Orphanage. She promised him a laptop after hearing that it was the one item he had always wanted. In May 2013, Gayane shipped the laptop to Armenia and her uncle picked it up at the post office and handed it to Hamlet as a birthday surprise. There were no words to describe his appreciation. "One of my dreams just came true," he said. Thank you Gayane for your continued support of Hamlet - your gift will bring him much joy!
Mary Izmirlyan Orphanage. Edgar Gaukchyan receives a special package of school supplies from his sponsor. Thank you Megan!
Not only I was happy to meet Hamlet, I also enjoyed meeting the rest of the kids from his group. They were an absolute delight. Their smiles and their genuine thanks to see me visit them and accept the lolly pops were worth all the money in the world. I just wish I can do more. However, I go by the following motto: To be part of something great and do good for society does not require millions, but a caring heart and a helping hand.
October 2011 - Trchooian Home. Funds from the Child Sponsorship Program were used to purchase new bunk beds for Aleksandra Grigoryan and Mariam Simonyan at Trchoonian Home. The girls love their new sleeping arrangements!
My name is ABGARYAN KHACHATYR,
I am pupil and I attend to GSCC (Gyumri Social Childcare Center).
On Friday we had a wonderful excursion to Yerevan Dolphinary.
First time in my life I see dolphins and sea calves there are amazing. They are so kind animals. So funny. I love them. I really enjoy the show.
I want to say thank you to my teachers and Lily Martirosyan for organizing that beautiful event for US.
Thank you Lili Martirosyan Jan !!!! (jan at the end of a name is in Armenian term; it means dear)
Gavar Easter PartyA party!!!
Sponsors Harold & Anne Booher extended their generosity to their child’s whole orphanage this spring, treating the children to a special Easter party with fruit and chocolate. It was a great success!