SAN FRANCISCO–$17,000 was recently raised for the Karabagh resettlement program through a series of fundraising events–organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) San Francisco Kristapor Chapter. Fundraisers were held at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Sako Shirikian and Mr. and Mrs. Hriar Moroyan and were followed by a July 9 event at the San Francisco Armenian Center.
After welcoming the audience gathered at the Armenian Center–ARF Kristapor Chapter representative Hriar Sarkisian spoke about the purpose of the fundraising drive and how it will assist the work of the newly formed "Mountainous Karabagh Republic Resettlement Assembly."The government of the Mountainous Karabagh invites Armenia’s to settle and raise their children within the borders of their motherland," he noted.
"Between 1992-2001–the Karabagh government was able to build 4061 homes and 193 buildings–which house 5112 families today. In addition–the country’s numerous schools cater to 3474 students. The Resettlement Assembly asks all social–political–and philanthropic organizations to contribute to these efforts."
The Armenia’s of San Francisco–Sarkisian stated–have throughout the years supported Armenia–Karabagh and the Diaspora both morally and financially and recently lent assistance to the Armenian communities in Iraq–Javakhk–and Shahumian.