YEREVAN — On September 20, under the presidency of Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II; with the presence of Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia; the opening ceremony was held for the Haig and Elza Didizian “Master’s School” Youth Center of Yerevan.
The Youth Center will be operating under the auspices of the See of Holy Echmiadzin, and has been renovated by the “Yerevan-My Love” Foundation. The center has been created to offer social, educational and cultural treatment for children with physical disabilities, refugee and displaced children, who are deprived of adequate care, and for those from socially vulnerable groups.
The event was attended by the members of the brotherhood of Echmiadzin, officials of the government of the Republic of Armenia; Taron Margaryan, mayor of Yerevan; Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) President Berge Setrakian; benefactors of the Mother See, AGBU members and other guests.
A symbolic red ribbon at the entrance of the center was cut by the Catholicos of All Armenians, Ambassador Armen Sarkissian, president of the “Yerevan-My Love” Foundation, and Haig Didizian (London, UK) benefactor of the Mother See.
Sarkissian, ambassador of Armenia to Great Britain and himself a benefactor of the Mother See, delivered opening remarks presenting the goals of the project, history of the institution and the important role of the Armenian Church in this initiative. Sarkissian expressed his gratitude to the president of the Republic of Armenia and the Catholicos of All Armenians for immediate assistance to the program, and thanked the primary benefactors Haig and Elza Didizian, and the over 150 friends who also supported the project.
Didizian made heartfelt remarks, expressing his joy to be involved in such a nation-wide program. The renowned benefactor noted with gratitude that the vision of the catholicos has become a reality and urged all to unite their efforts for the further successful implementation of the project.