1.3 Million Euros Raised During Europe’s Armenia Fund ‘Phoneathon’

Volunteers during the "Phoneathon"

PARIS—The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund’s 12th European Phoneathon, took place in France, from November 17 to November 20, raised pledges of more than 1.3 million euros.

Some 700 volunteers from France, Germany, and Switzerland worked the phones throughout the four-day event, with calls placed 12 hours a day. Stationed in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse, the volunteers called close to 60,000 Armenian families, businesses, and organizations across Europe to request financial support for the ongoing development of Armenia and Artsakh.

The 1.173 million euros, raised by the Hayastan Fund’s French affiliate, will be dedicated to construction of vital water-infrastructure projects in close to ten rural communities throughout Artsakh and the Tavush Region of Armenia. Some 24,150 euros donated by the Swiss Armenians will be used to renovate the Yerevan Tchaikovsky music school, and furnish its library, and 81,360 euros raised by the German affiliate will be directed to the renovation of an orphanage in Gymri.

Also participating in the Phoneathon was the Armenian community from Greece. Despite the political state and economic crisis in Greece, Armenians once again demonstrated their dedication to Armenia. As a result of a two-day phoneathon launched on November 12, about 35,000 euros were raised for an orphanage in Vanadzor.

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