The cause and extent of the fire is not yet known. The 42 children who occupied the second floor have been temporarily relocated, but permanent residences are not yet available.
The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), which is the only organization whose singular mission is to provide assistance to orphaned Armenians throughout the world, is asking for assistance in aiding the Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage and the children who are left without a home.
If you would like to assist Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage, online donations can be made through PayPal at http://soar-us.org/ (designate SOAR-National) or checks can be mailed to SOAR, c/o George Yacoubian, 1060 First Avenue, Suite 400, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
SOAR is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 2005. For a complete list of all of SOAR’s services, affiliated orphanages, facilities and chapters worldwide and ways to donate or sponsor a child, visit SOAR’s website.