Armenian Assembly Intern Program Celebrates International Children’s Day

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By Mariam Khaloyan

Armenian Assembly of America Intern Coordinator

On June 3,  Armenian Assembly of
America (Assembly) Terjenian-Thomas intern

Joann Manugh-Khaloyan

and intern
coordinator Mariam Khaloyan attended the Armenian American Cultural
Association’s (AACA) International Children’s Day event at the Armenian
Embassy. 

The AACA event commemorated International Children’s
Day by exhibiting a group of paintings produced by the children of Gyumri,
Armenia’s second-largest city, in the years following the disastrous earthquake
that occurred in December 1988.  The art was painted from 2000 to 2003, by
children between the ages of 5 to 14 years old, born into the repercussions of the
earthquake. In
spite of all the pain, the children were inspired by the rich culture and
nature to reproduce exquisite art depicting the beauty of Armenia and its
history.

“It was a sight to
see. The incredible paintings by the children of Gyumri were memories of the
culture in Armenia,” Assembly intern Joann Khaloyan said. “I look forward to attending other cultural events during the Armenian Assembly intern program associated
with the culture depicting our Armenian heritage and upbringing.”

Proceeds of the children’s paintings were sent to AAWC to benefit the women and mothers of Gyumri and the surrounding region to receive free-of-charge quality health care services.

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The AACA is a co-sponsor of the Armenian
American Wellness Center (AAWC) in Yerevan, Armenia.  The purpose of the Wellness
Center was to introduce mammography screening with Western technology and
expertise, as well as American principles, practices, and standards, by
creating a corruption-free environment, to ensure high-quality healthcare
services to women in Armenia.

Today, the AAWC is a state-of-the-art
Medical Facility, which was created with the collaboration of 16 U.S. Medical
Advisory Board Members, from eight Medical University Hospitals.  It has provided over 420,000 services to
330,000 patients and has nine departments; Breast Screening & Diagnosis, Gynecology,
Pathology, Family Medicine & Endocrinology, In-house pharmacy, Ambulatory
Outpatients Surgery, and Diagnostic Imaging.

Photo Caption 1 (L-R): Rita Balian, President & CEO of Armenian American Cultural Association Inc. (AACA), Co-Founder of Armenian American Wellness Center (AAWC) and Mariam Khaloyan, Intern Coordinator of Armenian Assembly of America.  

Photo Caption 2 (L-R): 

(Back Row) Van Araxie, Maria Princi, Seda Gelenian, Takuhi Hallajian, Eva Shafakian, Margie Satian, Clara Adnonian, H.E. Ambassador Grigor Hovhannessian, Louisa Baghdasaryan, Carolyn Rapkievian, Sandra Goshgarian, Akabi Atamian, Armenian Assembly Intern Coordinator Mariam Khaloyan (Front Row) Anahid Ghazarian, AACA President Rita Balian, Annie Simonian Totah, Doris George.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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