`Help Your Brother’ Campaign Continues Syrian Relief

`Help Your Brother’ Campaign Continues Syrian Relief

“Help Your Brother” campaign’s Vahan Hovenessian and Lilit Galstian

YEREVAN – The `Help Your Brother’ campaign launched on September 18
comtimues assistance programs to Syrian-Armenians and has switched its
operation to distribution of cash instead of sending assistance
directly to Syria.

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation-led initiative is also
concentrating its efforts on assistance programs to Syrian Armenians
who have sought refuge in Armenia and Artsakh.

`We faced a number of problems with the delivery of humanitarian aid
through filights. For example, because of the military attacks it is
simply impossible to transport the humanitarian aid to
Armenian-populated regions other than Aleppo. Therefore, now we simply
transfer money to Syrian Armenians,’ Parliament member Vahan
Hovannesian told reporters Wednesday.

The `Help Your Brother’ campaign has already transferred 5 million
drams to 22 Syrian Armenian families based in Kashatagh (Lachin,
Artsakh). They are preparing New Year gift packages for about 300
Syrian Armenian children.

`The activity of the `Help your Brother’ initiative showed that the
idea of lending a helping hand to Syrian Armenians has no political,
geographic and ideological limits,’ president of the campaign Lilit
Galstian said.

`Different benefactors, individuals and organizations have donated 41
million drams, 750,000 rubles, as well as food and basic necessities
at an estimated work of 31 million drams,’ she added.

Galstian and Hovannesian expressed gratitude to all organizations and
individuals, who have responded to their call.

Hovannesian called on people to be extra generous during the holiday
season, pledging that the campaign would continue until the end of the
Syrian conflict. He said, however, there is no end in sight for the

From: A. Papazian