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03/23/2020

Knights of Vartan Inc. Nareg-Shavarshan Lodge in Greater Detroit is continuing to make improvements at the Knight of Vartan #106 School in Yerevan, Armenia.  Since 2018, the Lodge will have raised $61,500 for renovation projects at this school.

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Adopt-A School Project

Independence of Armenia in September 1991 was followed by a breakdown of support for schools in Armenia.  Government budgets were meager or non-existing and schools began to suffer with non-functioning toilets, leaky roofs, broken windows and furniture, and even lack of electricity and water. In an attempt to alleviate this problem, the Knights and Daughters of Vartan launched a program in 1995 to enable lodges, individual Knights, Daughters and even non members to sponsor a school in Armenia with a minimum donation of $500 annually for a period of three years. Many donations that were made were far in excess of the minimum. The program was extremely successful in the first two years of adoption with over $100,000 raised from 1995-1997 from donations and given to over 75 schools. The schools that have received money from the Adopt-A-School Project have new bathrooms, running water, blackboards, new charis, and computers.  Three schools in Nor Kharpert, for instance, have 100% heat and new windows, doors and roofs.

Today, the Adopt-A-School Project accepts donations of any amount and guarantees that 100% of all donations  are given to a needy schools in Armenia where real change occurs.  Contributors can select the particular school to which the dontation is hand-delivered, or can elect to have the Adopt-A-School committee designate a worthy school.

Contact your local lodge or Otyag or the Avak Tivan for more information or to make donations.