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04/27/2022

AS Steven Adams remarks

1915 to 2022, 107 years later and we find ourselves once again standing in front of the world remembering the Genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.  Is it even imaginable that after 100 years we still need to be here, standing on this platform?  Some would even argue as to why we are even still here.  Why do we come together over an event that was over 100 years ago?

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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.