The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) is a long-time partner of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), through Global Ministries. Founded in 1918, the AMAA is present in 24 countries around the world today. The AMAA runs many children’s programs, provides relief and humanitarian aid, education, as well as church ministries.
Since late September 2020, the region of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) at the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan, has been under fierce attack. Homes, hospitals, schools, and churches have been destroyed. The full-scale war has been described as one of the heaviest, most advanced battles in recent times. To date, more than 90,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled this region and are finding refuge in Armenia. Global Ministries has shared additional resources on the escalating violence and conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, including a Prayer for peace and the National Council of Churches statement in support of Armenia and the Armenian Church.
The people who have migrated from their villages in Artsakh are now trying to find ways to adapt to the new realities in Armenia, where accommodations are scarce and means of support are meager. However, there are efforts taking place to provide clothes, hats, gloves, socks for families arriving from Artsakh. The AMAA has been arranging living spaces for families, meaning each AMAA center in Armenia has reached full occupational capacity. Also, the AMAA is providing families with food, medical and psychological care, spiritual support, and more. Social workers and AMAA volunteers are working on additional recovery sessions and support programs to address specific needs.
The AMAA is preparing for winter, knowing the need for shelter and clothing will become even more of a priority in these upcoming months. AMAA is preparing also to identify new ways to aid hospitals with urgent and critical medical supplies and creating new projects to address the long-term priorities for children and parents from Artsakh so they do not feel abandoned.
(photos from the Armenian Missionary Association of America)