During November 2015 the president of the “ALEPPO” Compatriotic Charitable Non-Governmental Organization Ani Balkhian, along with US representatives of the organization met with Archbishop Oshakan Choloian, the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the USA of the Great House of Cilicia and Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral.
In the frame of the meetings the issues of Syrian Armenians in Armenia were discussed.
“ALEPPO” Compatriotic Charitable Non-Governmental Organization is established by a group of Syrian-Armenians, in application of the heroic role of the Syrian people, who protected and assisted Armenian Genocide survivors, Armenians, in 1915.
The Establishment of “ALEPPO” Compatriotic Charitable Non-Governmental Organization became pressing in summer 2012, when large growth of influx of compatriots was registered caused by brutal conditions of increasingly heated war in Aleppo. Recognizing issues that face compatriots in confronting difficulties in a new country they moved, current founder president of the organization Ms. Ani Balkhian came up with an idea to establish charitable non-governmental organization, in order to support compatriots through joint work.
Accordingly, “ALEPPO” Compatriotic Charitable Non-Governmental Organization is founded and officially registered in Motherland on October 28, 2013. Later, as a non-governmental organization (represented by Raffi Karakashian, Sarkis Balkhian, Maral Karakashian and Talar Tcholakian) it was registered in the United States of America on April 16, 2014.
Since its establishment, “ALEPPO” CCO ensures assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian and Syrian-Armenian families living in Armenia, via provision of food, clothing, necessary items, develops and implements durable projects facilitating settlement and integration of Syrians and Syrian-Armenian living in Armenia.