Artsakh: Adopt a Family

Project Info

Project Description

Donor: Individual Donors from Around the World

Implementing Organization: Aleppo-NGO

Partner Organizations: St. Kevork Armenian Church, Houston-Texas

Project Duration: December 2020-present

Major Goal: The goal of this project is find sponsors who are willing to provide monthly financial assistance to refugee families displaced from their homes in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).

Project Description: As a result of the Azerbaijani and Turkish aggression against the Armenians of the Republic of Artsakh, more than 90,000 people were displaced from their homes between September 27 and November 9, 2020. Despite the end of the conflict on November 9-10, 2020 and the return of 35,000 Armenians back to Stepanakert and other regions, more than 50,000 Armenians have become homeless due to the destruction of personal property and loss and transfer of lands to Azerbaijan, namely the territories of Shushi, Hadrut, Kalbacar, Qashatagh (Lachin), parts of Martuni and parts of Martakher (like Talish).

This program is designed to support homeless Artsakh families who are currently residing in the Republic of Armenia by connecting them to sponsors (donors) who are willing to support each family financially for a sustainable period of time (at least 6 months).

Since October 30, 2020, more than 800 families (3,000 people), primarily from Shushi, Hadrut, Kalbacar, Talish, and other territories transferred to Azerbaijan, have registered at Aleppo-NGO seeking financial and humanitarian assistance. Through the “Adopt a Family” project, Aleppo-NGO conducts a need assessment of each family and acquires their permission to share their stories with prospective sponsors.

Sponsorship amounts vary depending on the housing situation, size of each family, number of family members who are able to seek employment in Armenia’s difficult job market which has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, number of children and elderly in the family, and the amount of assistance received through the RA Government and other humanitarian organization.

The goal of the project is to support families for at least 6-months and up to 12 months before they are able to integrate into Armenia’s society and/or the government is able to provide a more permanent solution to their problems.

Partial-Sponsorship Amounts: $150-250 per month for at least 6 months.

Full-Sponsorshoip Amounts: $400-600 per month for at least 6 months.

Family Profiles: For the protection of the personal information of beneficiaries, Aleppo-NGO is able to provide the profiles upon requests from prospective sponsors (donors).To request a few profiles of Artsakh families, please contact us at sarkisb@aleppo-ngo.org.

After Adoption: Once a donor selects the family of their choice and decides to sponsor them, the donor is provided contact details of the family to establish a connection with them via social media, telephone, and other communication platforms such as Whatsapp, Viber, etc.

Sample Family Profile:

Anush K.’s Family (8 people)—From Martuni (Partly Occupied by Azerbaijan)

Anush’s family is consisted of 8 members currently residing in Yerevan. Anush’s home in Martuni was heavily damaged by the systematic shelling of civilians and civilian targets by the Azerbaijani forces and following the ceasefire agreement, the home is located at the contact line between Artsakh and Azerbaijan. Anush’s family home is in Azerbaijani controlled parts of Martuni.

Anush’s husband was wounded on September 27th during the battles for Askeran. After recovering for a couple of days at the Stepanakert state hospital, he returned to the battlefields of Hadrut. Anush last spoke to her husband on September 30, 2020. On December 6, 2020, she traveled to Artsakh to inquire about her husband’s status but the government told her that his status is “Missing Person.”

Anush initially fled Artsakh to Armenia in October, then returned back to Artsakh and finally decided to move to Yerevan on November 10, 2020, when the ceasefire declaration was signed and it was not clear whether their home in Martuni will be left on the Armenian or Azerbaijani side. Anush’s sister Arevik has two children, 7 years old and 12 years old. Arevik’s husband was killed during the 4-Day War in 2016.

In Yerevan, Anush lives with her three children, mother, her sister Arevik and her sister’s two children in a rental apartment in 5th region (5rt Mas) which is currently costing them 80,000 AMD in rent per month. Her family is in need of rental subsidy support, food, diapers, blankets, clothes.

Recommended Full Sponsorship Amount: $350-450/month

Family Members:

  • Aleks K. (5 years old)
  • Anna K. (9 years old)
  • Vera K. (1 years old)
  • Anush K. (29 years old)
  • Alvart K. (54 years old)-Anush’s Mother
  • Arevik K. (32 years old)—Anush’s Sister
  • Monica U. (12 years old)—Arevik’s daughter
  • Maki U. (7 years old)-Arevik’s daughter

Anush’s Family was fully sponsored by Mr. Edward and Mrs. Carmen Gulbenkian on December 11, 2020. They will be receiving their first monthly financial aid at the end of December 2020.