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Campaign News 2012

Artsakh Trip, Part 1: Goris

Caves in Goris

By the end of the third week, Dr. Aram Gazarian and his family had left already along with Frenchmen Armen Atmajian.  The remaining group of American, Canadian, French and Karabaghtzi's embarked on their three-day excursion to Karabagh.  Along the way, they stopped at the historic sites of Khor Virap,  Noravank and Goris city.

Guests and Rock Concerts

Group working

The group has been working diligently in Tchichenavank.  All age groups are pulling their weight and adding to the efforts. The mixture of languages used are French, English, Armenian, Russian and Karabaghtzi! But everyone still manages to undersand each other.

Artsakh Trip Part 2: Meeting with Heroes


Meeting with Heroes

Our group arrived in Artsakh in the evening and were escorted by Levon and Khachatur, our Artsakh volunteers, to a local Italian restaurant in Stepanagert, a very clean and cozy city.  Our tour of Shushi and Ganzasar Monastary was to start in the morning, but again, an unexpected turn took place.

Artsakh Trip Part 3: A Different Hero


Children playing at Lady Cox rehab center

We were to leave Artsakh on Wednesday morning, but had one more unusual stop to make.Near our hotel in Stepanagert, was the remarkable Lady Cox Rehabilitation Center.

 Under the directorship of Mr. Vardan Tadevosian, this rehab center is the only one of its kind in the entire Caucasus region, dedicated to the physical and mental handicapped of the region, as well as a Kindergarten for local and "special needs" children.

A Story From Our Volunteer - Natalie Shabol

Today we had a regular day at work, but we we're surprised to have special guests at the end of our workday. A big group of people from a Catholic Church group joined us as they learned about the story of Tchitchkhanavank and the reasons behind why the LCO program has taken the time and dedication to work on it. The kids got to also work on the site, just like the volunteers. The wheel-barrowed, shoveled, and used a pick-axel, just as we do everyday. Their fresh energy and excitement got a lot of work done in the little time that they were present, and definitely helped a lot, as we are exhausted at the end of the week.

My Birthday
  • "There are experiences you shape and then there are experiences that shape you. The LCO Campaign of 2007 in the village of Azat offered me invaluable perceptions into the realities of my fellow Armenian brothers and sisters in a way only a true immersion program can. I urge everyone and anyone who might feel an inkling of belonging to this fascinating country, people, and history to sign up with the campaign immediately. I smile just thinking about what you have yet to experience."
    Noushig K, Azat 2007, CA, USA

  • "Coming back from a 4-day trip to Kharabagh really felt like coming back home, with our family waiting to greet us outside our house. That's when I realised just how attached we'd grown to the place, to our family, to the other volunteers"
    Anoosh Gasparian, Azat 2009, London UK

  • "I went to this trip with no expectations, and came back with a great appreciation for our country.  Life in the village is surreal, the food is beyond delicious and the people are incredibly nice. It was a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget!"  Sam Tahmasian, 2009, CA, USA
  • "LCO is an amazing concept. It introduced the deprived Diasporan to their land and their people. It is a wonderful introduction to Armenia and something every young man or woman should experience."
    Madlene Minassian Ispirian, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, Yerevan, Armenia

  • "My most memprable experience was being so warmly taken care by an old village couple, receiving gifts from them, giving them gifts and establishing bonds."
    Naira Der-Kiureghian, Ayroum 2003, CA, USA

  • "...I know that when I reflect back on this experience I will feel ecstatic about the work we accomplished, the things we saw, and the bonds we forged."
    Hovig Saghdejian, Ayroum 2003, California, USA

  • "Dolma is made with mum's careful instructions, grandmothers eyes found on the faces of children, songs of Ararat are as familiar as the Khachkars dotting the landscape. If it smells like home, looks like home then it must be home."
    Datevig Simonian, Shadvan 2004, California, USA

  • "LCO experience was a revelation for me. It gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons both personally and professionally. One of the most important experiences of my life and an important factor in determining my future goals."
    Lara Aharonian, August 1999, August 2001, Montreal, Canada.

  • "I formed strong bonds with my volunteers, and the difference in backgrounds was refreshing. It was interesting to hear the points of view of different Armenians from other areas of the Diaspora."
    Aramazt Kalaydjian, Shoushi 2003, NY, USA

  • "I loved the simplicity of life in the village, the fresh homemade food is wonderful; that people are the friendliest and most hospitable... the children have the most beautiful faces..."
    Sophia Balakian, Shadvan 2004, New York, USA