One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me.” –Louis Pasteur
Los Angeles, CA, June 8, 2015 -- The Armenian Redwood Project (ARP), a non-profit social enterprise alliance that intends to improve the lives and well-being of the thousands of Syrian refugees impacted by the ravaging war in Syria, is excited to announce the launch of the #RootsForRefugees crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. Campaign link here: #RootsForRefugees.
“The war in Syria is now approaching its 5th year,” said Raffy Ardhaldjian, chief action officer of ARP. “According to various agencies, this war is considered the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, leaving millions of innocent citizens homeless and vulnerable. With more than 15,000 Syrians finding refuge in Armenia, the time is now to act - it’s a global imperative.” People become refugees because one or more of their basic human rights have been violated or threatened. Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that "everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."
The #RootsForRefugees campaign goal is to raise the remaining $30,000 in funding to complete a $250,000 rent subsidy program initiated by Oxfam Armenia in early February 2015, in partnership with ARP and the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund. The partnership raised $220,000 with funds provided by institutional social investors and has already benefited dozens of families. The campaign goal of $30,000 is vital to complete the collective commitment made with our partners and help augment the absorptive capacity in Armenia to benefit the influx of refugees and other vulnerable families arriving in Armenia on a weekly basis.
Collectively this program will provide affordable rent subsidized housing to more than 800 Syrian urban refugees in Armenia in 2015!
Your donation goes directly into funding subsidized homes for these refugee families, through a grant to Oxfam Armenia, at an average cost of $200 per month, per family -- that’s $6 a day! Every dollar counts. Donate now!
The #RootsForRefugees campaign gives you a chance to become part of our life altering work! When you give to the campaign, you can choose from many incredible rewards as a “thank you” for your support! From artisan, handcrafted ornaments by Syrian-Armenian women at $150 to classic Marash-Armenian style embroidered shoulder purses handcrafted by Syrian refugees at $200 to owning an original oil-on-canvas painting by Armenian artist Ashod Haroutunian at $1,000, your support at any contribution level will make a difference.
The #RootsForRefugees crowdfunding campaign is an opportunity to come together. Only together, can we make the greatest difference. The campaign runs through July 4, 2015.
#RootsForRefugees Campaign Link: http://igg.me/at/rootsforrefugees