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History of the program

The Armenian Church Orphan Sponsorship Program was established in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Armenia in 1988, leaving many families homeless and shattered by loss. The need for financial assistance and orphan sponsorship increased significantly in the 1990s due to the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict, compounding the challenges faced by those already struggling to cope.

Even after two decades, there is still a pressing need for child sponsorship in Armenia. The economic pressures and broken families that persist mean that it is the responsibility of fellow Armenians to provide for the welfare of children in the country.

How you can help

Sponsoring a child in need costs $240 (AUD) per year, and as a sponsor, you will receive a profile of the child you are supporting. It is customary for sponsored children or their lone parent to express their gratitude and send messages of goodwill to their caring benefactors at Christmas time.

The program is managed in Armenia by the Araradian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, under the auspices of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The beneficiaries of the program are children from needy single-parent families, whose spouses are typically widowed or abandoned with limited prospects for gainful employment. Your contribution supplements their income and helps them live with dignity.

Your sponsorship of a child will continue until they reach the age of 18.

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