DISTRIBUTIONS 2021

OCTOBER

Prkutyun bread stipend

Bread stipend for Prkutyun Day Center, funded by SOAR Philadelphia and personal fundraisers by board members of SOAR Frankfurt.

Enough funds were raised to supply Prkutyun with their monthly bread for 15 months!

The new Kharberd woodshop in use, funded by SOAR Boston and the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

Side by Side Music Festival

“Side by Side” Inclusive Music & Arts Festival

Children in the SOAR Music Therapy Program participated in this festival alongside well-known artists and musicians!

Hovhannes Tumanyan Puppet Theatre of Yerevan, 4 Sayat-Nova Ave, Yerevan 0009, Armenia.

See all photos and videos HERE.

SEPTEMBER

GRAND OPENING!

In commemoration of the one -year anniversary of the beginning of the Artsakh War, SOAR held the grand opening of their Families of Fallen Soldiers Support Center in Yerevan. SOAR’s Executive Board Vice Chairman, Raffi Jehanian, attended the ceremony.

Clothing and shoes for displaced Artsakh children.

Displaced children from Artsakh still living at a boarding school in Gyumri received new clothing and shoes, funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

The SOAR Mobile Eyecare Van made a stop at Vanadzor Orran Center providing examinations for the those children.

Learn more about the Mobile Eye Care Project HERE.

Mobile Eye Care Van visit to Orran
New Cradle for Angelina Sargsyan at Shirak Marz Child and Family Support Center

A new cradle for Angelina Sargsyan at Shirak Marz Child and Family Support Center, funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

SOAR Anchorage funds $1350 in supplies & equipment for Our Lady of Armenia Annie Bezikian Youth Center in Kanaker to accommodate increase in teen girl residents.

Supplies for Our lady of Armenia Annie Bezikian Center funded by SOAR Anchorage
School supplies for OLA funded by SOAR Dallas

School Supply Drive for Orphans in Armenia by SOAR Dallas! Items were donated, and cash donations allowed OLA to make immediate purchases for the students.

The children at Our Lady of Armenia Center in Gyumri were able to have a party and received gifts of games and toys thanks to the Paul and Ethel Shakro Scholarship Fund.

Our Lady of Armenia Party with gifts for the children

An oxygen concentrator for Sisters of Charity, funded by the  Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

Ani, from Sisters of Charity, received a shunt that was funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund for her needed surgical procedure.

Ani form Sisters of Charity Orphanage
School supplies for the children at Our Lady of Armenia Center

School supplies for the children at Our Lady of Armenia Center, funded by the  Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

AUGUST

Families from the Families of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund went on a summer retreat to Dilijan. The retreat was from August 26th through the 29th.

Another shipment of diapers for Dzorak funded by SOAR London

June Diapers for Dzorak funded by SOAR London
Kharberd Orphanage excursion to Sevan Lake

Kharberd went on their annual retreat to Sevan Lake, funded by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund.

Food for Prkutyun funded by SOAR New York.

Prkutyun is a day center in Armenia that offers food, educational, and therapeutic services to children and young adults with disabilities.

Food for Prkutyun funded by SOAR New York

JULY

July Diapers for Dzorak funded by SOAR London

Diapers for Dzorak funded by SOAR London

Four children from some of our fallen soldier families were able to go to AGBU camp in Bulgaria; Karen Grigoryan’s son, Arthur Bagyants’ daughter, John Barkhudaryan’s daughter and Valentin Burnusuzyan’s daughter.

They flew to Bulgaria on the 21st of July and stayed in Sofia until the 24th when they left for  Bansko by bus. The camp was from July 24th – 31st.

Funding by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, and the Albert Tamberchi Foundation.

A Project Cure sea container to Armenia!

A Project Cure sea container to Armenia
Mer Hooys Excursion

An excursion to Tsaghkadzor Square, Ropeway for the young ladies at Mer Hooys funded by SOAR Philadelphia!

Demolition of the barn at the SOAR Transitional Center

Demolition of the barn at the SOAR Transitional Center
Javakh Summer Camp

SOAR London sent funds for Javakh summer camp

JUNE

A music therapy concert at Children’s Home of Yerevan.

The children and directors of Kharberd, Mari Izmiryan, and Sisters of Charity in Yerevan were all invited.

SOAR served ice cream, sweets and cakes to the children after the concert.

Music Therapy Concert in Yerevan

June 1st Celebrations!

Celebration at the new SOAR Families of Fallen Soldiers Support Center

More Celebrations for Families of Fallen Soldiers

Vardashen Last Bell Celebration

“Last Bell” celebration at Vardashen!

Thank you letter translation:

It has become a tradition for VardashenNumber 1 Boarding School children to have support from SOAR for their Last Bell event.. 
On behalf of the institution director, staff , children and their parents we express our gratitude for this support. 
Thank You 

Students working with instructors at the new woodshop at Kharberd funded by SOAR Boston and the Gulamerian Fund  

Working away at the new Kharberd Woodshop

Renovations of the SOAR Transitional Center basement and new furniture, funded by the Norman K. Miller Charitable Fund and the Gulamerian Fund

MAY

Bathroom renovations at Nork Orphanage

Renovation of the bathroom at Nork Orphanage funded by SOAR and the Gulamerian Fund

Distribution of items from Project Cure shipment

3rd floor bathroom renovations at Warm Hearth

Renovations of the 3rd floor bathroom at Warm Hearth funded by SOAR Fresno and the Gulamerian Fund

Equipment for the special needs children at Children’s Home Gyumri funded by SOAR Dallas. Below is the list of items received:

Chair for bathroom, 2 pieces
Toilet-chair, 1 piece
Body mass analyzer, 1 piece
Relief pillow for wheelchair, 1 piece
Pillow for wheelchair with protrusions, 2 pieces
Orthopedic pillow, 2 pieces
Pillow collar, 2 pieces
Wrist brace, 2 pieces
Germicidal UV light, 1 piece
Stroller for children with Cerebral Palsy, 2 pieces
Massage device, 2 pieces
Massage device for head, 2 pieces
Wooden massage device with rubber wheels, 1 piece
Circle for bedsores, 2 pieces
Pulse oximeter, 2 pieces
Children’s stroller, 1 piece
Balancing disk, 2 pieces
Sterilizer / warmer, 2 pieces
Walking device for children with Cerebral Palsy, 1 piece
Wooden logic, developing games, 5 pieces
Swimming cap, 11 pieces
Big ball with handle, 2 pieces
Small ball, 10 pieces
Music games, 3 pieces
Pyramid ring, 5 pieces

Equipment for Children's Home Gyumri
Kharberd wood shop projects under way

Projects are under way at the new Kharberd Wood Shop funded by SOAR Boston and the Gulamerian Fund

Diapers for Dzorak and a thank you letter:

Dzorak Center on behalf of acting director M.Tosunyan  expresses their deep gratitude to SOAR London chapter for 20 boxes (600 unit) diapers donated to the residents.

May Diapers for Dzorak funded by SOAR London
Computer class certificates for the Transitional Center girls!

Certificates for all the girls at the Transitional Center for their computer courses!

50 boxes of needed medications for Children’s Home, Gyumri

medication for Children's Home Gyumri
Computer lab and equipment at Mer Hooys

Final touches for a computer lab at Mer Hooys and additional equipment, funded by the Gulamerian Fund

The Transitional Center garden has been renovated, thanks to the SOAR New Jersey Juniors!

APRIL

Excurion for Artsakh children at SOS Kotayk

The Artsakh children at SOS Kotayk took an excursion to the Citizen Entertainment Center.

Completion of garage, and camp renovations at Our Lady of Armenia-Tashir, funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Fund, the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund

EASTER CELEBRATIONS

Birds’ Nest Orphanage, Lebanon

SOS Idjevan and Kotayk, Orran, Pkrtyun, Children’s Home of Gyumri, and Boarding School #2 of Fridtjof Nansen

Children’s Home of Gyumri

Warm Hearth 3rd Village, Arinj, and JAG, Kharberd, Gavar, Our Lady of Armenia Center, and Gyumri Social Childcare Center

Our Lady of Armenia Center

Gyumri Social Childcare Center

Families of Fallen Soldiers

New Transitional Center windows

New windows for the SOAR Transitional Center kitchen and large room, funded by the Gulamerian Fund

MARCH

Tools for the new woodshop at Kharberd purchased with the donation from Dareh Poghosean

 

Translation of gratitude letter:

The directorate of Kharberd orphanage expresses it’s sincere gratitude for donation of the following craft supplies.
  1. abrasive hand tool-1 unit
  2. random orbit sander – 1 unit
  3. hammer driver drill-1 unit
  4. electric chain saw -1 unit
Director of the orphanage- Balasanyan
Tools fornew Kharberd woodshop

Diapers (117 boxes) and Humana baby milk (2 boxes) were purchased for Nork Orphanage thanks to funds raised by SOAR Phoenix!

Diapers and baby milk for Nork Orphanage

FEBRUARY

Music therapy at Nork Orphanage through the Music Therapy Program

Transitional Center girls have meeting with psychologist

A Gulamerian Fund project, the Tranitional Center girls meet with a psychologist to discuss all the current situations that can cause stress. This meeting they discussed the Artsakh war and everything related to it.

Bathroom renovations at Warm Hearth, funded by SOAR Jacksonville and the Gulamerian Fund

JANUARY

Children at Yerevan Children’s Home (Nork), participate in the Music Therapy Project

Classroom Renovations Funded in Honor of Louis and Yolanda Mazzola by the Harold and Josephine Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund and SOAR

Renovations of classrooms at Nubarashen