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Glendale News-Press: Armenian Campaign is Worth a Shot

Nonprofit Children’s Vaccine Fund aiming to raise $1.5 million for various inoculations for Armenian children for next 15 years.

GLENDALE – While many Americans worry about the flu vaccine shortages, children in Armenia and other countries around the world are trying to get vaccines for more serious treatable diseases. In Glendale, one group is trying to help. The Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund is attempting to raise $1.5 million to provide the standard set of vaccinations for children in Armenia for the next 15 years. The vaccinations, given to children in America as standard practice, cover serious diseases such as diphtheria, hepatitis B, polio and tuberculosis.

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Armenians in Detroit Donate to MACVF to Secure Life-Saving Vaccines for Armenia’s Children

More than $14,000 raised for the Newly Launched Capital Fund

SAN DIEGO, May 13, 2002 – Armenians in the Detroit area gathered at the home of Jill and Michael Dolik on the afternoon of May 5th in a very strong show of support for the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF). More than 60 individuals from a broad cross section of the Detroit Armenian-American community attended this event to hear Raffy Ardhaldjian, Chief Volunteer Officer of the Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation, present a detailed outline of the MCAVF program and how it will sustain vaccine financing to Armenia’s children each year. Following the talk and a frank and friendly discussion, an enticing Armenian buffet was served featuring cheese pie, itch, lahmajoon, media stuffing, and many other delicious Armenian appetizers.

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Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation Hosts Reception Honoring Abelian’s Leadership in UNICEF

Evening Raises $100,000 for Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund

NEW YORK, December 6, 2001 – The Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation (ANMF) hosted a special cocktail reception on December 6th at New York’s prestigious University Club honoring Armenia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Movses Abelian, for his leadership as President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The evening also raised $100,000 benefiting the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF), in celebration of a three-year campaign by ANMF to help move Armenia into self-reliance for its immunization needs. The evening’s major donors included the Izmirlian Family Foundation with a generous donation of $20,000 and the Pagoumian Family Foundation that donated $50,000 toward vaccines for the children of Karabagh. As well, Anoushka Izmirlian joined her family with a pledge of $10,000 from her newly formed foundation in support of MACVF. The reception brought together more than 200 community leaders, supporters of children’s causes in Armenia, and friends of ANMF. Honored guests included Dr. Vartan Gregorian from the Carnegie Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Kevork Hovnanian, Edele Hovnanian, Alex & Haig Dadourian, Branislav Jekic from UNICEF Armenia, Paul Kazarian from the Kazarian Family Foundation and previous strategic donors to MACVF including Nazareth Festekjian who donated $11,000 with his brother Raffi & Nina Festekjian, Walter Bandazian & Louis Najarian from the Howard Karagheusian Commemorative Corporation that donated $25,000 and John Waters from the Cafesjian Family Foundation that previously donated $100,000.

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Armenians in Chicago Donate to MACVF to Secure Life-Saving Vaccines for Armenia’s Children

Support Grows for Newly Launched Capital Fund in Response to Vaccine Shortages

NEW YORK, October 19, 2001 – Armenians in the Chicago area gathered at the home of Christine and Jack Mardoian on September 23rd in a very strong show of support for the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF). More than 50 individuals from a broad cross section of the Chicago Armenian-American community attended this event to hear Raffy Ardhaldjian, Chairman of the Ani & Narod Memorial Foundation, explain the vaccine shortages faced by Armenia’s children each year. This benefit, one of several planned around the country, raised more than $18,000 for the newly launched MACVF capital fund to purchase life-saving vaccines for children in Armenia. Pledges included a $3,000 “challenge grant” by a member of the Program Advisory Council for the MACVF.

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MACVF Receives $100,000 from Lincy Foundation to Bring Life-Saving Vaccines to Armenia’s Children

Funds in Place to Secure Armenia’s Immediate Need for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

NEW YORK, New York, September 26, 2001 – Garnering further support to alleviate Armenia’s vulnerability to vaccine shortages, the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF) received a $100,000 donation from the Lincy Foundation to purchase life-saving vaccines for Armenia’s children. Combined with recent donations from the Cafesjian Family Foundation and other contributions to the newly launched capital fund, the MACVF is now armed with sufficient resources to respond to Armenia’s request for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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AIM: Thinking Long Term

AIM: Thinking Long Term

Chene (pronounced shen) means chain in French, and in Armenian, it’s the root for words that have to do with making or building. That is what 12-year-old non-governmental organization (NGO) does: it builds, using a chain of resources that stretches way beyond its own small numbers.

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Asbarez: International Agencies, Health Ministry Join Forces to Strengthen Immunization in Armenia

NEW YORK – The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Armenia has formed an Interagency Immunization Coordinating Committee to ensure that support to the National Immunization Program is timely and well coordinated. Participants in the March 30 meeting of the ICC in Yerevan included UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, USAID, as well as members of an interagency mission to Armenia, March 28 to April 1, representing partners in the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunizations.

GAVI Mission partners included the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program, WHO headquarters, UNICEF regional office (Europe), and Armenia Immunization 2000 (AI2K) a new immunization initiative supported by the Ani and Narod Memorial Fund (ANMF) in New York.

“The ICC meeting was a critical first step in stimulating an open dialogue on immunization with the Ministry and partners on the ground in Armenia to decide on the roles of each in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. While coordinating so many partners presents a challenge, we hope the shared objectives of the ICC will push this noble initiative forward,” said Seda Aghamianz, Program Manager, AI2K.

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ANMF to Split Off Narod Network Project

NEW YORK, New York, May 25, 2000 — The Ani and Narod Memorial Fund (ANMF) announced today it would suspend indefinitely its educational technology program, The Narod Network Project (NNP), in order to focus on its Armenian healthcare program, the Millennium Armenian Children’s Vaccine Fund (MACVF) . Raffy Ardhaldjian, Chairman of ANMF also stated that the educational efforts may continue under the leadership of current Program Manager Marie Lou Papazian, but that it will no longer be operated by the ANMF.

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International Agencies and Ministry of Health and Social Services Join Forces to Strengthen Immunization in Armenia

NEW YORK, New York, May 12, 2000 – The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MoHSS) of Armenia has formed an Interagency Immunization Coordinating Committee (ICC) to ensure that support to the National Immunization Program (NIP) is timely and well coordinated. Participants in the March 30th meeting of the ICC in Yerevan included UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, USAID, as well as members of an interagency mission to Armenia, March 28th – April 1st, representing partners in the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunizations (GAVI). GAVI Mission partners included the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program (CVP), WHO headquarters, UNICEF regional office (Europe), and Armenia Immunization 2000 (AI2K) a new immunization initiative supported by the Ani and Narod Memorial Fund (ANMF) in New York.

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AIM: Creating Ties That Bind

AIM: Creating Ties That Bind

After the tragic loss of his wife and daughter, a New Yorker takes the lead in an innovative program to nurture the creative spirit in children all over the world.

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