Sponsor A Family Program to Help Needy in Armenia

With so many families in Armenia living below the poverty line–the Sponsor A Family Program helps needy Armenian families who would otherwise not have sufficient food and shelter. So far–the program has helped save many families from becoming homeless and children from being sent to orphanages.

The Sponsor A Family program allows individuals from the diaspora sponsor and aid qualifying families in Armenia. Volunteers from the organization find families in Armenia that are in dire need of financial assistance. Local social workers visit the families and determine whether they are eligible to participate in the program.

Families that are chosen to participate in the program receive donations from the organization to use toward food–shelter–and other daily necessities. Donors and sponsors receive a videotape–photographs–and information about the family they are helping. They may even directly contact the family.

One family that benefited from the program was about to be thrown out of their home because they could not pay their rent. The program provided the family with one month’s rent as they worked to find alternative financial resources to help the family.

Another family–a mother and son–needed additional funds to purchase a "domig," which is a construction trailer built like a home with windows. The mother’s legs were amputated so she was unable to work. The organization helped them purchase the "domig" and to get the necessary permits from the city–with the help of a private donation.

The Sponsor A Family Program is a part of the Ghazarian Foundation. The Ghazarian Foundation was founded in 1999 by Zuhrab and Seta Ghazarian in order to help families in Armenia. To make a tax-deductible donation–100 percent of which will go directly to the family–please contact the Ghazarian Foundation at 3610 Aster Street in Seal Beach–CA 90740 or via email at setagaz@verizon.net. Please include your address–phone number–or email address with all inquiries. The Foundation’s website is www.nhffoundations.net/GhazarianFoundation.


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