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Thank you to Society for Orphan Armenian Relief for hosting the girls from Mer Hooys for one week of summer camp at the Jermuk Resort. Each year SOAR sponsors a week's vacation for our Mer Hooys girls, for which we are very grateful!

During their week's visit, the girls participated in educational seminars, making crafts, swimming and other sports, playing checkers and chess, visiting the Jermuk Falls and surrounding area, and relaxing. We are grateful to our mentors who accompanied the girls and ensured that they were safe and healthy during their week's vacation.

The children living at Nakashian Children's Support Center, where the Mer Hooys program operates, come from seriously disadvantaged life situations - this week sponsored by SOAR is a true gift for our girls. They would never have had such an opportunity in the lives they lived before coming to Mer Hooys.

The Board of Directors thanks SOAR for its continued commitment to Mer Hooys, and to the hundreds of children in Armenia, Syria and Lebanon, that SOAR supports.
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Mer Hooys was the topic of the Western Diocese Hye Camp philanthropy class during 2017 summer camp. Board advisor and consultant Lisa Kalustian attended each of the four weeks and taught the campers about the concept of "giving" and making a difference in the lives of others. The campers were very responsive and learned a lot about the rewards of helping others.

Mer Hooys is actively recruiting young adults to join in the effort to help children in need in Armenia - our efforts are saving lives, empowering children to seek an education and better life and taking potential victims of human trafficking out of that market.

We are proud that the ACYO of the Western Diocese, the Western Diocese Hye Camp, and groups of young adults in high schools and colleges have joined us in our mission.

The best gift one can give is to give of yourself to make a difference in the life of another.
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On July 20, 2017, Mer Hooys welcomed Lisa Kirazian, former Nakhkin Dirouhie of the national Daughters of Vartan, who is visiting Armenia with her family. Program director Noune Geghamyan and Executive Director Mihran Mirijanyan toured the facility with Lisa. While the younger girls were at camp, Lisa met our two graduates Lilit and Armine who are living in the transitional apartment at the Center while attending university.

Lisa, an author in her own right, comes from a family devoted to music and the Armenian church. While in Armenia, Lisa and her family enjoyed a performance by the Paros Choir of her father composer George Kirazian's new version of the Armenian Divine Liturgy.

Lisa and her family generously donated an electronic keyboard to Mer Hooys, which will enable our several girls who are studying music to perform small recitals for guests. Thank you Lisa and husband Steve Kradjian for your generosity and support of Mer Hooys!
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On July 3, 2017, Jinishian Memorial Foundation invited our girls to have fun at Dalma Garden Mall in Yerevan. The children watched one of their favorite cartoons with 3D animation. They laughed with great enjoyment with the deepest part of their hearts.

Jinishian Memorial Foundation enables Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope – through relief, development and spiritual uplift.

Thank you Jinishian Foundation for making the day special for our girls!!!
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