Today, December 26, is a sombre day for the Atken Armenian Foundation, the day, back in 2008, when our namesake Dr. Atken Armenian passed away. What better way to celebrate his life than to announce a very special project of rebirth. Donate generously in his memory today to give long life to our . . .
𝟒 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐇𝐔𝐁𝐒 𝐎𝐍 𝐁𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐄𝐑 𝐑𝐄𝐆𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐀𝐑𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐈𝐀!
Over 100 children are benefitting from weekly choir training sessions of the highest level with choir director Maro Simonyan, a devoted woman who has helped us develop our music education initiatives in the Vayots Dzor region for the past decade. An important mission bringing hope and empowerment to the children and families who live under constant threat of attack.The first song Maro is teaching them is dedicated to the soldiers manning the mountains only a few metres away at the border. Imagine the power and timeliness of the verses when the children ask you:
𝘼𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚, 𝘼𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚,
𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙃𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙.
𝙍𝙞𝙨𝙚 𝙪𝙥, 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣,
𝙏𝙤 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣,
𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙢𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨.
𝘼𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙚, 𝘼𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚!
A special thank you to 4 exceptional couples who we consider the godparents of these choirs:
- Antoine & Sheila Terjanian (Ottawa)
- Gregory Spendjian & Donna Cochran (Salt Spring Island)
- Tony Halepli & Jocelyne Hall (Laval)
- Me Richard Elliott and Dre Lena Terjanian (Montreal)