World Humanitarian Day
Providing Relief, Radiating Hope
August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day, a day that recognizes the efforts of those people who sacrifice their lives to help people. The day focuses on the unsung heroes who work on the front lines in their own communities and in some of the most difficult places in the world. This year, the United Nations is saluting the efforts of women aid workers from across the world, who rally people in need.
The Armenian Relief Society recognizes the compassion and bravery of humanitarian workers, including the members of our organization who continue to carry out our noble mission.
What started with tiny steps to train volunteers sworn to assist Armenian villagers when self determination and survival were at stake, in no time became the most prominent International Armenian Women’s organization, who continuously serves the needs of the Armenian people, diasporan communities, our homeland, and the world.
Humanitarian workers provide life-saving assistance consisting of first aid, nutrition, shelter, and help rebuild after disaster has struck. Providing Relief and Radiating Hope has been a central focus of our mission, one that our members have carried out so diligently.
So today and every day we recognize the important work that are carried out by our members and those humanitarian workers around the world, sometimes even under the worst of conditions.
Here are some photo archives from our humanitarian initiatives
For more than a century, the ARS has also extended the healing hands of its members to bring hope to people facing disasters and emergencies—wherever or whenever they needed it. During the past four years, thanks to our extraordinary members and supporters, we have been able to help those that were affected by Nepal’s Earthquake, the hurricanes that hit Haiti and Texas, and the wildfires of Greece and California.
EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR LEBANON
The economic crisis and the political instability in Lebanon have taken an evident toll on the Lebanese-Armenian community.
The Central Executive Board has been closely monitoring the developments since October of 2019 and has already sent $15,000 to the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon to ensure that services remain uninterrupted.
We call on the community to join our efforts for this emergency appeal and help us extend our healing hands to our compatriots to help bring a smile to the children, teenagers, and the elderly.
Donations will be distributed to 3 Programs (Hope Packages, Care Support, and the Hot Meal Program).