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Hye Geen Brings Clothing Donations to Women and Families Across Armenia

May 31, 2012

Reaching out to women and expectant mothers facing difficulties across Armenia, AGBU Hye Geen is proudly leading yet another humanitarian project: the distribution of donated clothing, made possible by the generosity of California-based Silvia’s Costumes.

On April 30, 2012, Hovig Eordekian, the AGBU Armenian Representation Interim Director; Haig Messerlian, the AGBU Southern California District Committee Chairman; and Lena Baghdassarian, the AGBU Armenian Representation Finance Officer were in Yeghvart at the AGBU Hye Geen Nora Injijian Pregnant Women’s Center where they presented packages of clothing, as well as blankets and books, to excited beneficiaries. Mary-Louise Injijian, a Hye Geen patron, along with her family from San Fransisco and Milan were also visiting the Center.

The AGBU Hye Geen Nora Injijian Center within the Yeghvart Childbirth Hospital is one of the four Pregnant Women’s Centers that Hye Geen has established in the past decade. The launch of the project, which is being implemented by Hye Geen in partnership with the Armavir and Tavush Dioceses and the Republic’s Ministry of Social Welfare, gave the women the opportunity not only to collect the donations, but also to spend time together and experience a sense of solidarity, which is central to Hye Geen’s mission.

Beneficiaries enjoyed hand-picking items from some of the two hundred boxes that were sent directly from Silvia’s Costumes, a Los Angeles store that partnered with AGBU Hye Geen.

Born in Armenia, the store’s founder, Silvia Tchakmakjian, knows from personal experience how great the need there is for humanitarian aid. She and her employees were eager to donate their time and effort to what they knew was a very worthy cause. As Tchakmakjian commented, “just the thought of how happy the pieces will make someone is incredibly rewarding…I am blessed to have this business, and making these contributions is the least I can do for my country.” Tchakmakjian hopes to do even more, and plans to work with AGBU Hye Geen so long as there is still a need

In the coming weeks, each of the Pregnant Women’s Centers will continue to distribute the clothing to the women and families they serve, and distributions will also be held in the Tavush Diocese and in Gegharkunik. To date, over one hundred women, men, and babies have received packages, and expressed their deep gratitude to AGBU Hye Geen.

The new clothing distribution program is one of several components in Hye Geen’s multi-faceted approach to both aiding and empowering women throughout Armenia, with a focus on those from the country’s most impoverished regions.

Since 1994, AGBU Hye Geen in Southern California (www.hyegeen.com) has worked to preserve and honor achievements of Armenian women, provide a forum for them throughout the world, promote their role in family and society through research, education, and advocacy, and provide overall support to empower Armenian women as carriers of the Armenian cultural heritage.