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Land and Culture Organization presents its mission and projects

Pasadena, CA – The Land and Culture Organization (LCO) is presenting briefings on the west and east coasts of the United States.

Event Hosts Bedikians and Pogarians with LCO Board Members

On January 30, friends and supporters attended an event graciously hosted by Asbed and Aida Pogarian and Varoujan and Jacqueline Bedikian in their La Crescenta, California home in support of LCO projects.   Both Bedikian’s and Pogarian’s daughters participated in the 2010 campaign in Yeghvard, Armenia renovating the 17th century Sourp Astvatzatzin Church.  The parents saw the impact the LCO experience had on their college-aged children.  “Lori discovered her roots and this experience made more of an effect on her than all the years of telling her about her Armenian culture,” commented Aida Pogarian.  “We were very excited to see the smile on Alique’s face, and the sweat on her brow was priceless as she was connecting with her homeland,” Varoujan Bedikian remarked.


LCO-USA Board Members Haig and Hilda Manjikian, Nazareth Kevonian, and Serge Minassians were on hand to present the briefing and speak with attendees about the organization and its mission.  2010 campaign volunteers spoke about their summer in Armenia.  Lori Pogarian said, "It was amazing, and I strongly believe you should send your kids to this program so they can experience it for themselves". "I connected with Hayrenik and felt at home", Talin Khechoomian expressing her sentiments.

Several campaign alumni attended with their children, who curiously listened. Sako Khatchigian, Madrasa 1993 and 1994 volunteer, recalled his "life changing experience" and how he was looking forward for his son to be old enough to participate in a campaign.

LCO Renovates Sourp Astvatzatzin Church in Yeghvard Armenia

On February 18, 2010 campaign volunteer Julie Loosigian will be giving a presentation at St. Gregory’s Armenian Church in Andover, Massachusetts about the organization and her participation in last summer’s campaign.   LCO program alumni will also be visiting university campuses to speak about their experience and the project.

The upcoming 2011 summer campaign will be held in Armenia with volunteers participating in a four-week session from July 4 – July 29.

For over 30 years, LCO has been one of the earliest volunteers groups in Armenia and Karabakh working to restore, renovate, and rejuvenate the historical monuments and sites of our nation. It has performed this mission through its summer campaigns, by volunteers of every age from the Diaspora and Armenia. To help our mission or join in our summer volunteer program, you may reach us at www.lcousa.org.

  • "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