The Life-saving Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston, Texas
In 2015, the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization initiated and up to this day continues to implement the “Save a Life” program.
The name of the program itself suggests that it plays a vital role in the life of an individual. Following the catastrophic situation in Aleppo in 2015, a large group of members of the Syrian community settled in Armenia addressed the office of the Aleppo CCO with a request to help their relatives left back in Syria, who were facing financial and psychological hardship and were fighting for life, by buying a one-way ticket to Armenia as a safe country.
Realizing the urgent need for such a program, the Aleppo CCO immediately initiated this life-saving program.
In May 2015, the Aleppo CCO called upon Armenian benefactors in Armenia and Diaspora not to ignore the calls for help of those who found themselves in a difficult situation and support them within their abilities.
Responses to the call came from all over the world. Among them was the Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston, Texas.
Not sparing efforts and devoting themselves to the life-saving mission, and uniting people who undertook the cause of providing humanitarian assistance, the Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston, and personally the chairman Vreij Kolandjian, managed to secure tickets for 160 individuals, making it possible for them to leave the war zone for safety in Armenia.
Today, 130 Syrians who rediscovered the sense of safety and faith into a better future thanks to the goodwill of the Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston, are slowly building their new lives in Armenia.
And the Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston stands by these families and contributes to thier settlement in Armenia by also providing financial support.
Another 30 individuals are getting ready to depart for Armenia these days.
Up until now, the Parish Council of St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church continues to selflessly contribute to the relocation of the Syrians to Armenia within the framework of the “Save a Life” program.
Highly appreciating the efforts of the Parish Council, the Executive Body of the Aleppo CCO expresses its deepest gratitude for contributing to the “Save a Life” program and providing life-saving humanitarian aid.
The activities of the Parish Council of the St. Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church of Houston and personally the chairman Vreij Kolandjian, proves once again that by cooperation and faith it is possible to help those in need.
As of July 2016, one-way tickets to Armenia were purchased for 251 Syrians within the framework of the “Save a Life” program. 221 Syrians have already moved to Armenia and settled here, while another 30 individuals are about to relocate to Armenia in the coming days. Currently, there are 600 petitions at the Aleppo CCO, asking for help and assistance in moving to Armenia.