Armenian Weekly
August 30, 2012

Without doubt everyone is aware of the situation in Syria through
the media and other means of communications. The fighting continues
to intensify and safety in the cities continues to deteriorate. The
Armenian community is not exempt from these general conditions,
especially in Aleppo, Damascus, Kamishli, Kessab, and surrounding
areas where daily battles cause destruction, injury, and death. Our
community institutions, starting with our churches and extending to our
schools and old age homes, are being damaged because of the fighting.

In the face of this urgent situation, and in order to immediately
provide humanitarian aid to our brothers and sisters and community
institutions, the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of
America formed a "Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief" together with the
Armenian Catholic Eparchy, the Armenian Evangelical Union of North
America, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, and the Armenian
Relief Society.

In order to accomplish our goals, the Central Committee of the "Fund
for Syrian Armenian Relief" has agreed to the immediate implementation
of the following steps:

1. Organize a fundraising drive through mass mailing.

2. Authorize a second plate collection for Syrian Armenian Relief
during the five Sundays in September (2, 9, 16, 23, and 30) in all
of the parishes of the Eastern Prelacy.

3. Organize fundraising meetings and events in our local communities.

4. Establish local sub-committees providing the opportunity for other
organizations to join and participate in the relief efforts.

In a message sent to us, His Holiness Aram I said,

"The restoration of the Syrian Armenian community is of prime
importance on a pan-Armenian level. It is imperative that all of
our dioceses give special attention to relief aid for our Armenian
community in Syria. The three Armenian religious communities in Syria,
together with the political parties, and the charitable and benevolent
organizations have formed a joint committee. We appeal to you to take
similar action, and with a spirit of unity make a supreme effort in
taking actions that cannot be delayed to help the restoration of the
Syrian Armenian community."

Through arrangements made by His Holiness, the collected funds will be
transferred to Antelias, Lebanon, and will be available to the Syrian
Armenian joint committee for humanitarian aid. A special bank fund
has been established for this purpose. Checks can be payable to the
"Armenian Apostolic Church of America," and mailed to the Armenian
Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016. Please indicate
"Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief" in the memo area.

Accordingly, we instruct all of the pastors and boards of trustees,
and the political and charitable organizations to immediately, without
delay, take the necessary steps so that we will be able to mitigate
the pain of our brothers and sisters, and ease the apprehension of
our national leaders.

Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief Central Committee

Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern Prelacy) Armenian
Catholic Eparchy Armenian Evangelical Union of North America Armenian
Relief Society Armenian Revolutionary Federation

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress