Harout Nercessian: “The Armenian Missionary Association of America will continue to support Syrian-Armenians through various programs”

The Armenian Missionary Association of America is focused on Syrian-Armenians in Syria and Armenia. Their pain is the pain of all Armenians. This is what Representative of the Armenian Missionary Association of America in Armenia Harout Nercessian said as he talked about the Association’s programs for support to Syrian-Armenians and future actions during the November 25 subsequent session of the Inter-Agency Commission on Coordination of Syrian-Armenians’ Issues held at the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

According to Hayern Aysor, Harout Nercessian presented the approaches of the Association to assist in the solution to Syrian-Armenians’ issues, that is, to support those who wish to stay in Syria and maintain the Armenian community, to help transport those who wish to move to Armenia, to provide first aid to Syrian-Armenians who have just settled in Armenia and to help Syrian-Armenians settle in Armenia.

Based on what Harout Nercessian said, since the Syrian war, the Association has provided $2,000,000 in assistance to the Armenian community of Syria so that it can help provide food, heating and other necessities to the Armenians in dire conditions. The Association also carries out health-related and educational programs every month.

All the programs in Syria are carried out under the direction of President of the Council of Armenian Evangelical Churches in Syria, Rev. Harutioun Selimian

The Armenian Missionary Association of America also supports Syrian-Armenians moving to Armenia. To this day, the Association has helped nearly 100 Syrian-Armenians move from Syria to the Homeland. The Association covers their airfare, greets them at the airport, escorts them to their relatives’ houses, and if a Syrian-Armenian doesn’t have a home or relative, the Association keeps Syrian-Armenians at temporary dwellings until the issue is solved. The Association also helps families rent homes and provides them with money to pay the rent.

In fact, the Association greets the Syrian-Armenians with a special task force comprised of employees of the RA Ministry of Diaspora, member of the Center for Coordination of Syrian-Armenians’ Issues NGO Nora Pilibosian and Public Relations Representative of the Office of the Armenian Evangelical Association in Yerevan Lusine Ohanyan.

“The Armenian Missionary Association of America collaborates with the Center for Coordination of Syrian-Armenians’ Issues NGO through support programs. We have provided 288 families with $80,000 in assistance in order for them to pay their apartment rents, as well as the fees for education and medical interventions. Nearly 2,500 Syrian-Armenian families have benefited from the services provided by the Aleppo-Armenian doctors at the medical centers and dentist’s offices of the Association,” Harout Nercessian mentioned, stating that among the support programs being carried out I Armenia are consultations, the entrepreneurship courses for Syrian-Armenians just settled in Armenia (meetings with entrepreneurs), as well as provision of clothes and children’s food.

At the end, Harout Nercessian assured that the Association would be continuing to support Syrian-Armenians through various programs and that it is currently examining the issue of implementing social housing projects for long-term solutions to issues facing Syrian-Armenians.

Let us add that the Armenian Missionary Association of America is in collaboration with the RA Ministry of Diaspora, the councils of the districts of Yerevan, the Center for Coordination of Syrian-Armenians’ Issues NGO and ALEPPO Compatriotic Benevolent NGO.

Gevorg Chichyan

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