The Land and Culture Organization (LCO) is a grassroots organization founded in France in 1977. Its American affiliate was incorporated in 1987 as a non-profit organization. It was born on the premise that Diasporan Armenians not only have a moral responsibility to preserve their ancient culture and heritage, but that they must also take an active role by physically working on the lands of their ancestors. Since 1977, the LCO has organized summer campaigns whereby volunteers from around the world and Armenia can come to work on their ancestral lands. They come to give their time, talents, energies, and resources. In return, they gain the knowledge that they have not taken the heritage given to them by their ancestors for granted but have ensured its continuation for the next generation to come.
LCO believes that a national culture can best flourish and bear fruit on its own land. Each nation has the right of dwelling on its ancestral lands and struggling for its preservation.
The Land and Culture Organization is committed to the following principles:
- To gain and disseminate an intimate knowledge of the land and our rich culture.
- To raise international awareness that the treasures of the Armenian heritage are at the mercy of an indifferent world.
- To rescue these treasures from total destruction.
- To assist in the social and economic developments of communities living in historic and present-day Armenia.
Our goals are ambitious, but the LCO brings these goals to concrete fruition through its work and dedication.
The Land and Culture Organization is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.