Since our founding, AGBU’s goal has been to support the people of Armenia and help our homeland realize its potential as a viable and prosperous nation. AGBU has always remained committed to Armenia in pursuit of the higher national interest, irrespective of the internal politics of the country.
In 1907, immediately following its inception, AGBU began providing food and seeds to families in famine-stricken Yerevan.
According to the order of 1923, signed by As. Mravyan and Ar. Yerznkyan, the education and agriculture officials of Armenia at the time, AGBU became the only benevolent organization allowed to function in the Soviet Armenia. Over the next 14 years, AGBU provided for the common good – h building infrastructure, contributing to rural development and offering education and care to orphans transported from abroad and living outside of Yerevan.
Agricultural machines, seeds and other assistance sent to Soviet Armenia.
Approximately 17,000 migrants return to Armenia from Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel (under The British Mandate of Palestine), Lebanon, Syria (The French Mandate), Turkey and other countries through AGBU’s efforts to repatriate survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
Transfer of 250 orphans from AGBU orphanages abroad to Armenia.
Establishment of “New Yedovkia” village for the resettlement of repatriated Armenians.
Assistance to the reconstruction of Shirak region earthquake zone.
Establishment of Mary Noubar Eye Clinic and “Darouhi Hakobian” Pregnancy and Pediatric Care Center to advance public health and improve the quality of life.
Assistance to the Yerevan State University from the Melkonian Fund, providing modern equipment supporting scientific research and publishing works on Armenian studies.
Completion in Yerevan of a modern residential building, which became home to the Armenian Intelligentsia.
$1 million fundraised to establish the Nubarashen re-settlement village, which welcomed 1,000 repatriated Armenians.
Opening of the Matenadaran library and publishing house constructed by AGBU.
$105,000 worth of medicine and clothing sent to Armenia from abroad.
51,060 Armenians repatriated from Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, Lebanon, Romania and Syria, made possible with$1,073,810 raised by AGBU.
AGBU fundraised over $2 million for the general purpose of assisting immigration and supporting postwar Armenia.
AGBU assistance to Armenia through the church.
Opening of Alex Manoogian Museum in Holy See of St. Etchmiadzin (Gantzatun).
After an earthquake shattered Armenia’s Shirak (Gyumri Spitake) region, AGBU took immediate action, overseeing critical emergency relief efforts that saved tens of thousands of lives. Within three days of the natural disaster, AGBU began distribution of clothing, food, medicine and other necessary provisions to Armenia. Soon after AGBU also began addressing the critical needs of earthquake victims, facilitating medical treatments in the U.S. and sending international doctors and specialists to Armenia. By the end of 1991, AGBU had raised over $10 million to support the needs of earthquake victims.
Following the inception of the Republic, when the state was in its formative years, AGBU expanded on its humanitarian efforts, building national cultural and educational institutions that introduced new opportunities, cultivated local talents and created young leaders. These include programs focusing on culture, education, healthcare/social assistance and religion. During uncertain times, as the government was first formed, they were a source of hope and encouragement to the people of Armenia. Today, they continue to stand strong.
AGBU donors have contributed largely to the construction of countless churches and religious institutions in partnership with the Holy See of Etchmiadzin. For a complete list, click here.
AGBU has made substantial contributions in the fields of public health and medicine, providing medical equipment and training to medical personnel and establishing well-equipped modern diagnostic facilities. AGBU partnered with the Holy See of Etchmiadzin to fund the renovation and expansion of its many health and social service centers and institutions, including refurbishing the old “Pioneer Palaces” and replacing them by educational centers for children where specialized teachers and artists could provide daily after school classes in creative and performing arts. Other significant projects include:
In recent years, AGBU has also invested in various projects in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, providing vital support to create schools and residences. AGBU continues to provide assistance to the Karabakh Chamber Orchestra and partners with the New Education Strategy, which brings cutting-edge technology to classrooms and disadvantaged students throughout the region.
For more information on our work in Armenia, please visit Visit the AGBU Armenia website.