Metro Detroit sends school supplies to Armenian students in Lebanon

Members of the Detroit Armenian Community are packing the truck for shipment

DETROIT, me. – Hundreds of Armenian students in Beirut, Lebanon will be provided with brand new relief supplies donated by members of the Metro Detroit Armenian community as soon as they return to school.

“The situation for the youth in Lebanon is serious and we had to help,” said Shant Jamgotchian, member of ARF Azadamard Gomideh.

School supplies, collected during a two-month period after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, left Detroit on October 2, 2020. Timely delivery of the school supplies was fraught with setbacks, but the delivery eventually arrived at Yeghishe Manoukian College in November. They were supposed to be distributed to the children on Armenian Christmas (January 6th), but due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and government-imposed bans, distribution has been suspended pending resumption of face-to-face learning.

“I sympathize with the hardship that parents and students are going through and feel that it was our duty to make sure that the education of the students goes as smoothly as possible, because the youth is our future,” said the Lebanese Hamazkayin-born chairman Shoghere Ourlian.

The Detroit Armenian community organized the collection of nearly $ 25,000 worth of school supplies through a widespread Amazon wish list.

Picture from left to right: Loucine Kazanjian, Zepure Garabedian, Ani Pakradouni and Serpoug Jenanian receive the broadcast in Lebanon

“We thank the entire Metro Detroit community for their generous donations of school supplies,” said Ani Pakradouni, director of Yeghishe Manoukian. “We are very grateful for your recognition of our Armenian students,” she continued.

In addition to school supplies, non-prescription medicines were also sent and distributed to various Armenian humanitarian centers in Bourj Hammoud. Cases of Nido powder dry milk have also been delivered to the Birds Nest orphanage. “The need in Lebanon is always in my heart when I remember my father’s stories about the time he spent in the orphanage,” said Rita Dilanian, member of the ARS chapter “Sybille”. “I wanted to help in any way I could,” she continued.

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