Since the 2020 Artsakh War, the challenges facing the Armenian nation have only grown, and today, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in the history of the Armenian people, particularly our brothers and sisters in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
Today serves as a stark reminder of the trials our homeland has endured. However, it also stands as a testament to the resilience and unwavering commitment of our volunteers, past and present, who have continued to make a positive impact.
Here are four examples of how volunteers, even in the face of adversity, choose to dedicate their efforts and make a difference.
In the midst of the conflict, our volunteer Karine Nahabedian (Dec 2021-May 2022) stepped forward as a beacon of hope. As a social worker, Karine actively worked to provide essential mental health support to soldiers, their families, and anyone affected by the war. Her dedication was so remarkable that she was eventually hired at Frontline Therapists to continue her vital work, demonstrating that even in the most challenging circumstances, individuals can make a difference.
Oqni is dedicated to restoring the lives of war victims and amputees through innovative prosthetic solutions. Volunteer Sevana Babaian, a physiotherapist (September 2021-June 2022), played a crucial role in creating an Instructions Book for Amputees. This resource offers rehabilitation techniques, bringing hope and healing to those who have suffered limb loss.
ARDI - Armenian Research & Development Institute
ARDI is at the forefront of shaping public discourse on Armenian foreign and domestic policy. Our volunteer David Hackett (Jan 2023 – May 2023) made a significant contribution by presenting seminars to students and alumni about Armenia's relations with the U.S. and its potential role in conflict resolution. David's dedication to research and analysis has helped foster new ways of thinking and understanding Armenia's place in the world.
Center for Truth and Justice
The Center for Truth and Justice was established in response to the 2020 Artsakh War, aiming to gather testimonial evidence from survivors for legal proceedings worldwide. Volunteers Shushi Hanneyan (November 2020-Apr 2021) and Ruzan Khachatryan (January 2021 – May 2021), both criminal lawyers, played pivotal roles as investigators. They conducted interviews and collected evidence, preserving the stories of survivors and contributing to the historical record of our collective experiences.
These four examples are just a glimpse into the work our volunteers have undertaken, even in the face of adversity. Their efforts continue to inspire us and remind us that every individual, at their own scale, can contribute to making the world a better place.