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On a beautiful morning in Yerevan, the doors to the new Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School of the Armenian Missionary    Association of America (AMAA) opened to welcome a large crowd of excited teachers, students, parents and friends.


Built for the Future

With the love and generosity of the Avedisian and Bilezikian families, and many other generous donors, the AMAA was able to construct this state-of-the art campus to house preschool through twelfth grade. The building, is the first LEED certified building in Armenia, setting the standard

IMG_8208for all countries in the region. Focusing on another exciting project, the AMAA has collaborated with the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) for work on the School’s green roof gardens, which will not only provide insulation and lower heating and cooling costs but will be an educational feature in itself.


???????????????????????????????In addition to continuing offering first-class education for children from the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Malatya-Sebastia, the campus will serve as a Community Center where civic groups can meet, athletic teams can practice and courses will be offered for adults to develop employment skills. In time, colleges and universities will be invited to offer courses for credit during the summer.

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KhanjianZaven PhotoDr. Joseph Zeronian, President of the Board of Directors of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), announced the appointment of Zaven Khanjian as the new Executive Director/CEO of the Association effective September 1, 2014.

Mr. Khanjian was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. He grew up in the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church and was an active member of its youth group.

After his graduation from Aleppo College, Mr. Khanjian attended the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and in 1967 earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Soon after his graduation he moved to the Persian Gulf and for 13 years worked in his profession assuming top positions in prestigious companies, while creating “Little Armenias” together with like-minded Armenians in the area.

In 1979, Mr. Khanjian moved with his family to California and after working for a few years in his profession, went into the real estate business starting his own successful company, Kanjyan Realty in Glendale, CA, in 1987.

Over the years, Mr. Khanjian has been an active member of the Greater Los Angeles Community serving in leadership capacities at the Armenia Fund, The Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, The Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School, The United Armenian Congregational Church, Haigazian University of Beirut, the Glendale Family YMCA, The Salvation Army-Glendale Corps, Americans for Artsakh, The Armenian American Real Estate Association and lately as the Chairman of the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund, raising over $1,000,000.
Mr. Khanjian has contributed volumes of bilingual articles to American Armenian media and is the author of three Armenian books.

Mr. Khanjian is married to Sona Kelligian and is the father of three children, Vasken, Hrag and Vana, and grandfather of five boys.

Rev. Mgrdich Melkonian, will continue in his current role as Interim Executive Director/CEO of the AMAA through October, 2014 to facilitate a smooth transition. Rev. Melkonian will resume his responsibility as Pastor to Pastors in Armenia, giving leadership and assistance to AMAA ministers in Armenia for half of the year and on assignments as Field Director in the United States and Canada for the remaining half year.

“The Board of Directors of the AMAA is pleased to appoint Mr. Zaven Khanjian, as he has demonstrated his devotion and worked tirelessly to enhance the well-being of our Armenian people,” said Dr. Zeronian. “We know that his management experience will help advance the work of the AMAA in the 24 countries we service around the world.”

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On Thursday, July 31, 2014,  RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan visited the new building of Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School and Community Center.


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A Call to Save Aleppo from Destruction11

The situation in Aleppo has taken a turn for the worse since the beginning of June. Dozens of mortar bombs have damaged or completely destroyed buildings in the predominantly Armenian neighborhoods of Nor Kyugh and Suleimanieh, as the opposition intensified its offensive in areas of Aleppo held by regime forces.

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The missiles targeting “Nor Kyugh” have not only cost lives and casualties but a vast amount of material losses as well. Many apartment buildings have collapsed while others have been completely destroyed. Hundreds of Armenian families have been forced to leave their homes; some have left Aleppo and have tried to find refuge in a more safer seaside city of Latakia. Armenian residents in the targeted neighborhood have moved in with relatives in neighboring areas and those who have no other place to go, have found refuge in the courtyard of Nor Kyugh’s Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator…

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