This year marks the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) wishes to stress that remembering the past and working toward the recognition of the genocide by the Turkish and American governments isn’t enough. Our ultimate goal is compensation through moral, financial, and land reparations. With this approach in mind, we believe that the birth of each and every Armenian child is a new step toward ensuring the growth and wellbeing of our nation.
The AYF is therefore announcing the launch of a modest effort on the 20th commemoration of the massacres of Baku, Sumgait, and Maragha—by sponsoring the birth of 20 children in Armenia in cooperation with the Armenian Relief Society’s (ARS) “Mother and Child” Healthcare and Birthing Center in Akhourian, Armenia. This center was established after the 1988 earthquake and cares for the mother and child from the day of inception until the child has received all his/her vaccinations. These services are provided free of charge.
Sponsoring each healthy birth in the center costs $150, but donations of any amount are appreciated.
As members of the Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (YOARF), we have said that remembrance of the genocide does not only equate with death; it also signifies the renewal of the will for struggle. This is an effort aimed at rebuilding our nation, and counteracting the various threats posed to Armenia by neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan, such as illegal blockades, breaches of ceasefire, and constant threats of war.
Our call to the community is to join the Greater Boston AYF in providing enough donations to sponsor 20 births in the Akhourian ARS Mother and Child Healthcare and Birthing Center, thereby ensuring that there are many more safe and healthy births. Furthermore, members of the AYF will hand-deliver these collected donations to the birthing center this summer.
Donations should be made to “AYF Boston” and can be mailed or dropped off at 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA 02472.
For more information, please Facebook.com/AYFBoston or email firstname.lastname@example.org.