PRESS OFFICE
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 686-0710; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.armenianchurch-ed.net

August 24, 2012

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Helping the Armenian Community of Syria

In response to a directive issued by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin
calling on all dioceses to initiate efforts for Syrian relief, Archbishop
Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America
(Eastern), is asking the faithful of the Eastern Diocese to take part in the
relief effort.

As fighting in Syria continues, the local Armenian community has been beset
by increasing difficulties-including heightened threats to safety and
financial stability. The Armenian community of Homs and many Armenian
families living in Aleppo and Damascus have fled their homes to find refuge
with relatives. Local Armenian institutions have been struggling to continue
operations.

Bishop Armash Nalbandyan, the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Damascus,
informed Holy Etchmiadzin that a Syrian-Armenian emergency aid organization
has been formed to provide refugees with housing and medical assistance, and
to meet other immediate needs of the community. In addition, the aid
organization supports local churches, schools, and cultural institutions,
which strive to preserve the historic Armenian presence in Syria.

Individuals and parishes can make checks out to the Diocese of the Armenian
Church of America (please write "Syrian Relief" in the memo). All funds
collected should be sent to the Diocesan Center (630 Second Avenue, New
York, NY 10016) no later than Monday, October 1.

Individuals can also contribute online at www.armenianchurch-ed.net. (Please
click on "Make a Donation" on the homepage. In the lower part of the online
information entry form, select the button "In Memory of," and type "Syrian
Relief" in the memo bar that appears.)

All the proceeds collected will go to the relief efforts, to be distributed
through the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

"Above all, we ask everyone to include the people of Syria in your prayers,
and to ask our Lord to bestow peace on the victims and consolation on their
families," Archbishop Barsamian wrote in his message.

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