Provisions for those left to struggle
From 1988 to 1994, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh fought a
defensive war in order to defend their homes, families and their
historic homeland from Azerbaijani aggression. In the process,
over 10,000 Armenians, mostly men, either lost their lives or
were disabled, and their families were left with virtually no
means to survive.
The Orphan Fund was created to assist the families of
the soldiers who sacrificed their lives to secure the independence
of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia Fund USA is providing assistance
to a total of 8,000 children. Each family receives a monthly payment
of 2000 drams or approximately $5. While this is a small amount
by Western standards, it helps provide for the basic needs such
as clothing, food and school supplies.
Armenia Fund has arranged for monthly payments to be distributed
to the orphans through the Armenian Central Bank. The funds are
sent to the local post offices where they are handed over to the
surviving parent or legal guardian. The Orphan Fund has been providing
much needed assistance to families in Nagorno-Karabakh since 1999.
Funds are typically added to an investment bank, from which families
are supported through interest. Large donations can be directly
allocated to the orphans upon patron’s request.
Thanks to generous contributions by Hirair and Anna Hovnanian,
the Armenians of France, the late Ms. Ohanessian and the late
Lillian Terchoonian Trust, over $875,000 has been raised towards
a target goal of $1.5 million.
“It is our sacred duty as Armenians to help our orphans
so that they will be able to help themselves one day. Let us be
very clear: this is not a matter of charity, but a duty.”
— Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan