Many children from Armenia will never have the chance to experience life outside their own world. The cost alone is simply prohibitive. SOAR-Fresno established the Global Hosting Program (GHP) in October 2015 to provide temporary relief for children coming from disadvantaged families in Armenia. The Program is a one- to two-week program that gives children a wonderful opportunity to live with a host family in other areas of the world. The Program allows children who lack consistent shelter, are malnourished, are orphaned, or are neglected by their parents to enjoy a variety of fun activities and experiences that will enrich their lives. More importantly, the experience will forever connect two families that come from different parts of the world.
GLOBAL HOSTING PROGRAM
In 2019 the SOAR Global Hosting Program goes to Thessaloniki
The children had a good flight and arrived safely at the Thessaloniki airport where the hosting families were waiting for them. They passed the day on the beach and went to sleep early to get new energy for the next day since the flight was very early in the morning.
In 2018 the SOAR Global Hosting Program goes to Malta
The children and their chaperone received their visa from the Embassy of Bulgaria and are looking very forward to their coming trip.
Four children from two orphanages (Trchoonian Home and Fridtjof Nansen Boarding School) in Gyumri: three girls and one boy with the accompaniment of their chaperone Hasmik H., were given the chance to participate in AGBU HayLer camp organized in Bulgaria.
After the camp, they enjoyed Sofia for two days, going to the historical museum, the AGBU office in Sofia, and to the funeral of AGBU Orchestra Conductor that they met on the first camp day.
In 2017 the SOAR Global Hosting Program goes to Malaysia
In 2017, SOAR Southeast Asia hosted the “Armenian Afternoon Tea” event with an agreement with the Russian Center of Culture and Science in Malaysia.
It took place July 2017.
The event aimed to raise awareness about Armenia and it’s cultural history. The second part was dedicated to the activities of SOAR in Armenia and the OLA girls were invited to participate as the representatives.
Six girls from The Our Lady of Armenia Boghossian Educational Center participated.
Last year four children from Armenian orphanages with their chaperon were welcomed by the Armenian Consulate of Fresno by honorary consul Berj Apkarian and Armenian consulate members. This was all thanks to SOAR’s “Global Hosting Program” managed by SOAR-Fresno chapter president, Lucy Erysian.
The consul was impressed by the visit and wanted to continue the collaboration. Due to the efforts of Fresno “Surb Errordutyun”church led by Father Tachat and the Armenian community, the consul initiated a humanitarian project for some of the SOAR supported facility children.
During his visit to Armenia in March 2017, Berj Apkarian and those accompanying him, brought gifts for the children of SOS Ijevan village, Gyumri Child Care Center, Gyumri Children’s Home, and Our Lady of Armenia Center. Deeply touched by the enthusiastic welcome of the children the consul added. “Words are unable to describe our feelings at the moment. You are keeping the hope of the diaspora of Armenians alive”.
Thank YOU Berj Apkarian and all those involved…
In 2016 the SOAR Global Hosting Program had children coming to the US
By participating in a summer camp, hosted by Camp Hye Sierra, these young individuals were exposed to new and exciting activities, along with the attention of so many in the United States who want to share their love. The children met and become friends with Armenian children of the same age living in the Diaspora. This will facilitate their cross-cultural development and enhance their desire to become successful members of society. Camp Hye Sierra, serving Armenian youth since 1987, is operated by the Armenian Church Western Diocese and offers a 160 acre property in Dunlap, California. The camp hosted children from Armenia for one week.
Other activities during the remaining two weeks included:
- A trip to the Disneyland with one night stay in a hotel in Anaheim, CA;
- A reception to welcome the children by the Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Berj Apkarian;
- A trip to Fresno Chaffee Zoo;
- A day at Clovis Aqua Park;
- A trip to Shaver Lake; and,
- Shopping and other local excursions with local volunteers.