Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program

A volunteer project of the WGCC, the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) was established in 1991 at the request of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, in response to the ongoing recovery of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia.

Since that time, CASP has provided over $27,000 per year to the Gavar Orphanage, and has sponsored more than 1,300 orphaned children in Armenia. Since 2004, CASP has helped an additional 80 children in the Javakhk region of Georgia.

An annual pledge of $220 a year supports a child until the age of 18. Every child is screened for eligibility, status, and need by CASP representatives in Armenia. CASP is solely dependent on the generosity of its volunteer supporters, to love and cherish these wonderful children.

Once a child is assigned to a sponsor, assistance to the child begins immediately. Each child may have only one sponsor; however sponsors may support more than one child. Sponsors may be individuals, parishes, or matching-gift funding organizations. Should a child become ineligible, or reach the age of 18, the sponsor is automatically assigned a new child. Additional small gifts for your child may be given (through checks payable to CASP/Diocese of the Armenian Church), and will be acknowledged with a signed receipt by a member of the child's family. Sponsors are not expected to accommodate visa or invitational requests made by sponsored children. CASP coordinates all child and sponsor correspondence.

For more information about CASP, please visit: www.caspkids.org.

Schoolbag Project

The WGCC began its "School Bag Project" in 1992, again in response to neediness that afflicted so many children in Armenia in the wake of the December 7, 1988 earthquake. Yeretzgin Violet Kasparian has chaired the project since its inception.

Well over $180,000 has been raised through the project, allowing the WGCC to send 9,000 filled schoolbags to students in Yerevan, Stepanavan, Keghart, Davoosh Marz, and the villages of Dalarik, Dzaghgavan, and Choratan. The distribution of the schoolbags was supervised by clergy from Holy Etchmiadzin, and most recently by the Fund for Armenian Relief.

Included in each bag are the following items: a three-ring notebook, 200 sheets of lined notepaper, pencils, ballpoint pens, a ruler, scissors, composition book, 16-color box of Crayola crayons, chalkboard and box of chalk, box of colored pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, and a package of 48 sheets of colored construction paper. A Bible or book of Bible Stories is also given to each student. A donation of $20 sends a filled bag to a student.

This project is on sabbatical as of 2008.