Aleppo NGO at “Countries Under One Roof” Awards Ceremony
On September 22, 2014, the “Countries Under One Roof” Festival-Expo held its closing and awards ceremony at the Ani Plaza Hotel. The two-day event was organized by GMG Media Group and supported by the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Yerevan Municipality. The ceremony included various nominations and awards presented to participating organizations and companies. Nominations were based on social surveys and voting results, wherein the jury was comprised of representatives from the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs, the City Hall, and the International Association of Business and Industry Development Fund.
Nominated Syrian-Armenians on the list included Vicken Chambardjian, Avo Karagyulian, Haig Pyuzantian, and Sarkis Kazanjian. Furthermore, president of the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization Ani Balkhian received the “Best Female Benefactor” award, based on her unrelenting active support towards Syrian-Armenian refugee families in need, her demonstration of constant goodwill, and for always extending a helping hand to those who need it most. She is thus known as the “Best Woman Philanthropist”.