United Canadian Committee for the Relief of Armenians in Lebanon – Communiqué

Dear compatriots,

On August 4, 2020, the double Lebanese crises of a sharp economic downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic were compounded by the atrocious explosion at the port of Beirut. The devastation that followed didn’t spare the nearby Armenian quarters.

Since that tragic day, being conscious that the rehabilitation of the Lebanese-Armenian community requires a pan-Armenian effort, we have united the efforts of our churches and various
organizations and have initiated a pan-Canadian fundraiser for the benefit of our brothers and sisters in Lebanon.

For us, the immediate relief of the families that suffered the loss of loved ones or have wounded members is a priority, the restoration of their destroyed dwellings an emergency, the support of our educational institutions an imperative and the recovery of our community’s religious, cultural, charitable and other structures a vital necessity.

On August 9, at the instigation of Catholicos Aram I, the Lebanese-Armenian Rehabilitation Commission was created, with the participation of representatives of the three religious denominations, the three traditional political parties, and three charitable organizations. In the same spirit, we will move forward with our campaign through united efforts. The sums collected
will be transferred to the bank account of the Lebanese-Armenian Rehabilitation Commission, in Geneva.

You can transmit your tax-deductible contributions online, by following this link:
or by calling 1-855-RLF4BEY (1 855 753 4239)

We hereby call upon the Armenian community of Canada to participate to this fundraiser in a spirit of unity, so that we can reach out to our brothers and sisters in Lebanon, to help them
overcome this ordeal and restore the Lebanese-Armenian community’s crucial position within the Diaspora.