In Armenia, the need is more than ever before. Orphanages and other
care facilities have asked for goods that we are sure can be obtained in
large quantities from various vendors or non-profit
clearinghouses that look to donate to charities, supporting impoverished
children. Urgently needed items include, diapers and other baby
supplies; over the counter medications, new clothes/shoes/sneakers,
athletic supplies, soap, food, and toys/games.
If they can be
located and secured, the shipping point A to B can be organized at no
expense to the donor, so don’t let that hold you back from making any
offers or asking for any donations. Can you or do you know of anyone
that can be asked for support with these donations? Donations would
qualify for a tax deductible letter from the Society Orphan Armenian
Relief, a registered 501c3 organization and friend to Hopscotch
year, through the great generosity of many donors, we raised $12,000
for SOAR to purchase diapers for Nork orphanage in Yerevan. For eleven
months, thousands of diapers were delivered to the children living
there, but the funds will run out after the final delivery this month.
Its spring in Armenia, and the children at Kharberd Orphanage, just outside
Yerevan, are excited because they can play with their old friend Dr. Sabba.
Dr. Sabba is an Armenian from the diaspora. He was born and raised in
Lebanon, and came to Armenia five years ago. He’s a therapist at the orphanage
and unfortunately can only work when it’s warm outside. The winter months are
too cold to perform his specific kind of therapy. However, when he can work, the
children get excited.
USC Shoah Foundation was founded by Steven Spielberg after the
completion of the movie, Schindler’s List. The organization’s initial
focus was to gather video testimony from Holocaust survivors.
Hopscotch’s co-founder and board member, Brenda Smith, was a part of
the launch, interviewed approximately 100 survivors over a few years.
Brenda shared. “ it was one of the most amazing experiences of my
life”. The organization has since expanded the focus to include
testimonies from survivors of genocide from across the globe, including
Rwanda, Guatemala, Armenia, etc. The link is to a piece about an
Armenian man, survivor of the Armenian genocide. I’m so glad all of
these testimonies and histories are being curated for our future