The first shipment of fresh school uniforms arrived in Yerevan–Armenia last week–and will be distributed to kids at the ARS "Sosse" Kindergartens schools in Mountainous Karabagh Republic–complimen’s of the Armenian Relief Society Western Region (ARS-WR).
"Last Friday–Jassik Jarahian–ARS-WR General Accountant/Controller–reported from Armenia that all California residents accompanying her on an ARS Central Executive-organized tour–have arrived–along with luggage destined for the kindergartens.
" The ARS "Sosse" Kindergartens cater to families of war widows and young mothers–who benefit from employment opportunities–while their children’s educational and nutritional needs are met. Launched in 1997–the Sosse kindergarten program is supported by various ARS regions.
"But back in Southern California–the fundraising continues. The goal is to purchase uniforms for all 11 ARS Sosse kindergarten students–520 in all.
"The ARS "Karni" Chapter of southern Orange County–held a "Flamenco Night" just last Saturday–urging those attending to donate funds for the purchase of uniforms. Proceeds from the event–held at Mr. & Mrs. Patrick and Anita Jacobi’s home–will go toward supplying 58 uniforms to students–just enough for a typical kindergarten.
"The "Karni" Chapter contributed $12,000 towards renovation of the ARS "Sosse" kindergarten in the village of Ashan over a year ago.
"The ARS of Western USA hopes that donors will come forward to secure funding for the remainder of the uniforms for this school year. The ARS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organization–and donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be sent to "Armenian Relief Society of Western US–517 W. Glenoaks Blvd.–Glendale–CA 91202-2812."