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Give the Gift of Christmas 2012: Birthright Armenia

It’s been a year and a half since I left the one place I felt I belonged. It has been 16 months since I boarded the man-made contraption that would wrench me away from the stone fortress jutting proudly from the earth, daring the Heavens to strike, convinced she would forever possess her instinct of self-preservation. The time has past, but the emotions that the experience I was gifted with invoked have remained the same. My heart still yearns for Armenia. My soul still demands to be set free among the sacred stone architecture dotting the land. My every move, my every thought, every fiber of my being, is dedicated to the homeland I have adopted completely. I found myself in a place I was not born, reveling in the wonder of the moment. I discovered the person I am proud of, the individual I want to be, in the whispers of the wind singing to me the lore and legends of times long past. This I owe to the people working for a rather spectacular organization, Birthright Armenia. This I owe to the one reason I was given such an unforgettable opportunity, Birthright Armenia. What I owe, I can never repay. That won’t stop me from trying.

The year 2012 marked a record number of 128 participants. Yerevan office and BR fundraiser in the States have put a lot of effort to make things happen: travel fellowships, homestay living, Armenian language classes, discovery excursions, alumni programs and more!

Last year, I made this shout-out to the world:
This year, I make another. Up until December 31, every donation will be matched 1:1. Any amount you can contribute will be doubled by the founder of this amazing organization. Give a gift this Christmas that will provide the same opportunity I was blessed with to another young Armenian, to explore and discover for him or herself the secrets those stones whisper through the wind. I have given my contribution. Don’t hesitate to give yours!

Contact info:

United States
T: 610-642-6633

T: +37410-54-00-37


Read the stories by those who have been given the opportunity:




Help Armenians in Syria!


As everyone is aware, Syria and the Armenian Community in Syria are in a severe crisis. The civil war being waged in the cities of Syria, including where Armenians are heavily populated, have resulted in killing of innocent people, have damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, community property and buildings, schools, etc. There is no safety and most critically, there is shortage of food and medicine.

The Canadian Armenian Community of Canada lead by its church establishments and various organizations have come together in order to help their sisters and brothers in Syria by raising funds with the sole purpose of helping them. Accordingly, this is an urgent message for all Armenians and friends of Armenians to help their fellow men, women and children in need.

The United Committee organized in Toronto (composed of over 20 organizations), has already started raising funds and taken steps with the collaboration of CAMAM (a Montreal based Armenian benevolent foundation – Centre d’Assistance Mondiale Arménien de Montréal) in order to safely and transparently transfer funds reaching all Armenians in Syria. Sending anything other than money is almost impossible in these conditions.

Let us therefore, come together at this time of need and unite our resources, in order to maximize our aid to our people in need. We urge you to participate and donate by reaching you’re your hand to those struggling at this very moment.

Against your cash donations or cheques issued in favour of CAMAM, temporary receipts will be given to you by those receiving your donations, which will be followed by an official tax deductible receipt from CAMAM.

Donations can be made through all Armenian organizations!



Give the Gift of Christmas to- The Armenian Relief Society

There are few organizations with as good a reputation and as much prestige as the Armenian Relief Society. It is one that serves the people, through the volunteer work of its people, helping both Armenians and all those affected by natural disasters, et al.

Founded in New York City, NY, in 1910, the Society, known at the time as the Armenian Red Cross, held its First Convention with delegates from 33 chapters, in Boston, Massachusetts on May 30, 1915. In March 1921, it was invited to participate in the 10th Convention of the International Red Cross, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

With the demise of the 1st Armenian Republic, no longer fulfilling the requirements of regulations set by international law, it participated in the International Red Cross conventions as an observer, and until February 26, 1946, it operated under the name of Armenian Relief Corps, at which date the 36 years old organization, duly incorporated, assumed its present name, Armenian Relief Society, Inc. The organization was recognized as exempt from Federal income tax in March 1949 and is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Today, with entities in 27 countries and a membership of around 15,000, the ARS is an independent, non-sectarian philanthropic society serving the humanitarian and cultural needs of the Armenian people.

Maintaining high ethical standards, the Society fosters good fellowship and a common purpose among its world-wide membership, channeling their energies toward supporting the social, educational, health and welfare activities of Armenian communities. The ARS makes special appropriations for food, medicine and clothing in times of war, epidemics or natural disasters, bringing aid to the disabled, the sick and the needy, prisoners of war, orphans and refugees.

The Society continues to remain active through specific programs in furthering Armenian educational and cultural activity through the establishment and financial support of kindergartens, summer camps, schools and scholarship programs. Through the implementation of these diverse projects, the Society enhances its members’ self-educational and developmental goals by encouraging involvement in public service, and participation in the activities of organizations whose principles are compatible to those of the ARS.

Since the 1970-s, closely involved in UN activities, and as a consultative member of ECOSOC, the ARS, as an internationally involved NGO, remains a strong advocate of human rights, social justice and civil society around the world.

As is explained in the videos, ARS provides much needed assistance all over the world.

If there is anything particular you would like to help with, contact your nearest ARS office or the central office.

The preferable means of communications with the ARS, Inc. is through email. Staff members’ email addresses are located on the “Senior Staff” page; you can also email the ARS, Inc. Central Executive Board on You can also contact us through the CONTACT FORM below.

The ARS, Inc. International Office’s mailing address is:
ARS, Inc.
80 Bigelow Avenue, Suite 300
Watertown, MA 02472
U. S. A.

Phone: +1-617-926-5892
Fax: +1-617-926-4855
Skype: arssecretary

For online donations:

Furthermore, each region and chapter has its own email… if you need help finding any contact information, leave a message here. If you want advice on which programs to assist on or in becoming an ARS member, I would also be eager to help.