By Danielle Saroyan
WASHINGTON — George and Amal Clooney are scheduled to arrive in Armenia on April 22-24 to participate in Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremonies, Novosti Armenia reports.
George Clooney, co-founder of the Not On Our Watch charity foundation, will be presenting the 100 Lives’ Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity alongside Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Eli Wiesel. As co-chairs of the Aurora Prize, George Clooney and Wiesel worked together as part of the Prize Selection Committee. The Aurora Prize will be awarded on April 24 in Yerevan, Armenia.
On behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide, the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity will be granted annually to “an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.” The Aurora Prize Laureate will be honored with a $100,000 award. In addition, that individual will select an organization that inspired their work to receive a $1,000,000 grant.
“We are humbled by the stories of selflessness, courage, strength and generosity,” said Aurora Prize co-founder Ruben Vardanyan. “What we have received is proof that the world is full of inspiring and worthy individuals.”
Amal Clooney is also working with 100 Lives on a different project, called the Amal Clooney Scholarship. This program selects one female student from Lebanon with an interest in promoting human rights and international issues, and enrolls her at the United World College in Dilijan, Armenia. The first Amal Clooney Scholarship was awarded to Pamela Tebchrany, a dedicated Lebanese student who graduated top of her class and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English. She will be using the scholarship to pursue her interests in human rights and women’s equality.