GLENDALE—Armenia School Foundation (ASF) USA is proud to announce the completion of 34 new projects this year. Through the dedication and hard work of its board members, ASF surpassed its mission of striving to provide comfortable and safe learning environment by providing new student and teacher classroom furniture to schools in remote villages in Armenia and Artsakh. ASF USA extends sincere gratitude to all its donors and is pleased to announce that, since its conception in 2003, has raised over one million dollars and furnished 325 schools benefiting 26,000 students.
Projects were made possible through various fundraising activities, general donations, donations in-lieu-of-gifts/flowers, or in-memory-of loved ones. In addition, ASF USA was gifted a very generous 4th year donation from Tamberchi Foundation.
ASF-USA celebrated its Fifteen Year Anniversary on March 17 at Vertigo Banquet Hall, on 400 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Reverent Father Der Artak Demirjian representing Western Prelacy of The Armenian Apostolic Church of America, Congrassman Adam Schiff, Glendale City councilmen Vrej Aghajanian and Ara Najarian, evening’s special honoree, Tony Tamberchi, representatives of local organizations and community leaders and 300 guests invigorated the significance of the ASF’s 15 year achievements. The evening’s program began with an invocation by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. Annette Kiureghian delivered the opening remarks and ASF Chairwoman, Moneh Der Grigorian presented Mr. Tamberchi with appreciation award for their continued support.
In 2018, ASF USA provided a total of 840 new student desk/chair sets, 178 teacher desk/chair sets, 218 blackboards, 40 bookshelves, 139 coat hangers, 26 preschool table/chair sets, and 45 pre-school closets, for 1860 students at 34 schools listed below. All furniture is made in Armavir, Armenia.
1 Nor Hachne Secondary Kotayk
2 Sverdlov Secondary Lori
3 Yeghvard Secondary-Kapan City Syunik
4 Soorenavan Secondary Ararat
5 Baghanis Secondary Tavoosh
6 Koghb #2 Secondary Tavoosh
7 Tatev Secondary Syunik
8 Tolors Secondary Syunik
9 Norashen Secondary Tavoosh
10 Navoor Secondary Tavoosh
11 Hatzavan Secondary Syunik
12 Tegh Pre-School Syunik
13 Koti Pre-School Tavoosh
14 Zar Junior Shahumyan
15 Nor Erkej Secondary Shahumyan
16 Dadivank Secondary Shahumyan
17 Hovsatagh Junior Shahumyan
18 Zuar Secondary Shahumyan
19 Charektar Secondary Shahumyan
20 Lanjaghbyur Secondary Gegharkunik
21 Aghitu Junior Syunik
22 Ganzakar Secondary Tavoosh
23 Goris Secondary #3 Syunik
24 Darbas Secondary Syunik
25 Artashavan Secondary Aragatzotn
26 Arevatzag Secondary Lori
27 Bazmaghbyur Secondary Aragatzotn
28 Garni Banavan Junior City Kotayk
29 Geghakert Pre-School Armavir
30 Aghrlich Pre-School Armavir
31 Tzghkaber Pre-School Lori
32 Armavir Child Development Center Armavir
33 Gyumri #21 Junior Shirak
34 Hayrenyantz Secondary Shirak
Secondary School Grades 1-12
Junior School (Himnakan) Grades 1-9
ASF USA has formed partnerships with key organizations and institutions such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Diaspora, World Vision Armenia, Peace Corps Armenia, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), Armenian Relief Society (HOM), Focus on Childern Now (FCN), Homentmen Glendale “Ararat” Chapter, AGBU, Glendale-Ghapan Sister City Assoc. and Rotary Club of Pasadena. Moneh Der Grigorian, ASF USA Chairwoman notes, “We see our partnerships as a means to strengthen our mutual charitable goals and remain grateful to our past partners with which we hope to reenergize our ties, including Armenian Educational Foundation, Armenian-American Chamber of Commerce and Sunrise Rotary Club of Glendale.”
Moneh added, “Moving steadfast forward, we envision an even wider and more positive impact on the educational communities and networks of the Motherland. Counting on our traditional donation pools, ASF will also launch a grant-writing strategy to maintain the high level and quality of its activities in the future.”
Armenia School Foundation (ASF) – USA is a California-based 501(3)c nonprofit organization with a mission to provide new furniture and equipment to schools in remote villages of Armenia and Artsakh. ASF is operating with less than 4% overhead. Every past and present member of the board of directors has worked and works diligently on volunteer basis.
ASF USA Board of Directors are Moneh D. Grigorian (Chairwoman), Maral Anjargolian (Vice Chairwoman), Ojeni Sammis (Secretary), Ida Moghoyan (Treasurer), Arax Avanessian (Events Co-Chair), Annette Kiureghian (Events Co-Chair), Araks Hunter (IT), Meline Melconian Marachelian (Public Relations), Varooj Kureghian, Vahe Aharonian, and Greg Sookasian advisors.