Between July and December 2020, Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian donated approximately $15,000 to support displaced Syrian and Artsakh Armenians tormented by ongoing conflicts and the COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia.
In March 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia, Aleppo-NGO launched an emergency campaign to fundraise and support Syrian Armenians who were being laid off or furloughed by their employers and were being disqualified from the Republic of Armenia’s COVID-19 assistance programs due to their undocumented or under-registered employment status.
Consequently, between March and September 2020, with the support of individual donors like Mr. and Mrs. Glubenkian and partner organizations, Aleppo-NGO was able to assist more than 500 Syrian Armenian families through the provision of rental subsidy (financial assistance) and the distribution of food and hygiene vouchers and supplies.
But while Armenians in Armenia and worldwide were still struggling with the impact of the global pandemic, in August 4, 2020, the Beirut Explosion caused the displacement of more than 300,000 people in the capital of Lebanon, which prompted the migration of almost 2,000 Lebanese Armenians to Armenia.
With Aleppo-NGO beginning to incorporate displaced Lebanese-Armenians in its humanitarian relief initiatives, Azerbaijan (supported by Turkey and Syrian mercenaries) launched a heinous war against the Armenians of Artsakh, causing the displacement of more than 90,000 civilians and the deaths of more than 4,000 Armenians.
As part of Aleppo-NGO’s overall relief efforts to assist Artsakh Armenians in Armenia, the organization relaunched its Adopt a Family program, which had helped provide sustainable financial aid to more than 50 Syrian-Armenian families between 2015 and 2018, to secure short-term financial assistance to displaced families from Artsakh.
The Adopt a Family program connects vulnerable Artsakh Armenian families to donors from around the world who wish to sponsor the families for 6 to 12 months.
Consequently, Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian, who had sponsored seven Syrian-Armenian families between 2016 and 2017, decided to sponsor two Artsakh Armenian families by providing monthly financial assistance to help cover their rent, utility, as well as food and hygiene expenses each month.
For the past six months, Mrs. Anush Karapetyan’s family, displaced from parts of Martuni currently occupied by Azerbaijani forces, and Mr. Artur Gulyan’s family, displaced from Hadrut which is occupied by Azerbaijan, have been receiving approximately $400 per month thanks to the support of Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian.
Aleppo-NGO extends its deepest gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Carmen Gulbenkian for their continued trust in the mission of the organization and their continued support to vulnerable Armenian families displaced from Syria, Lebanon, and Artsakh.