The 700th child born in one of Artsakh’s three maternity hospitals has been given a Ser Artsakh gift box by the Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation.
The Ser Artsakh initiative was launched on June 1st, International Children’s Day, to support and protect children of Artsakh and families in the homeland. To date, 700 babies have been supported through the initiative with several sets of twins and even one set of triplets.
The items in the gift boxes that are provided to Artsakh mothers by the Foundation include onesies, pants, socks, pajama sets, sleeping sacks, towels and blankets, health care essentials (diapers, wipes, baby shampoo, thermometer and pacifier), as well as a medical informational booklet and maternity hygiene necessities for the new mother, along with a wooden wheeled toy. All the items are made in Armenia or Artsakh or purchased there. In Artsakh, they are carefully packaged by representatives of the Foundation and many volunteers, and delivered to the maternity hospitals in Martakert, Martuni and Stepanakert right in time for the newborns as they check out of the hospital with their mothers.
“This is a beautiful gift, not a donation, and with it we try to encourage the morale and situation of families who chose to stay and live in Artsakh. Their unbreakable spirit and willingness to give life and raise new generations in their homeland inspire me to do more and it inspires our supporters,” says Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, founder of the Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation. “At this difficult moment for our homeland, many members of the Diaspora despair with loss of purpose. This loving project reminds them every day, with every sweet photo of an Armenian newborn that we post, that there are still people living in our homeland who should never be forgotten, especially by us. Our joint efforts, together in Armenia and in the Diaspora, support the very pillars of our homeland.”
For those who would like to support this initiative, donations are encouraged online.