Toronto Community Supports AGBU’s Humanitarian Relief Efforts for Lebanon

September 9, 2020



As Beirut copes with the aftermath of last month’s devastating explosion, the Toronto Armenian community continues to respond to AGBU’s worldwide appeal for contributions to accelerate relief efforts for Armenians in Lebanon.

Together with our donors, we have already turned dollars into action. Donations in support of the AGBU Relief Fund for Lebanon enable on-the-ground staff and volunteers to deliver urgent aid to thousands throughout the hardest hit areas of Beirut, including food, home repairs and reconstruction, medicine and medical assistance, trauma counseling, and other key survival services.

AGBU Armen-Ontario President Berge Papazian, AGBU Toronto Co-Chairs Mihran Egavian and Aida Knadjian, and AGBU Executive Director Salpi Der Ghazarian, extend a very special thank you to the Honorary Consul of the Embassy of Armenia in Canada and President of VHL Developments, Mr.  Varouj Lapoyan and his wife Silva Lapoyan. We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lapoyan for their generous donation of $130,000 to the AGBU Relief Fund for Lebanon.

“I congratulate AGBU for this extraordinary initiative and hope it will be crowned with success for the benefit of our compatriots in Lebanon,” stated Mr. Lapoyan.

Our collective efforts are already having a direct and positive impact on the Armenian community in Lebanon. “It is heartwarming to see such compassion among those who have responded to AGBU’s campaign.  Our supporters are the heartbeat of the organization and today, with their donations to the AGBU Relief Fund for Lebanon, we are able to deliver urgent emergency assistance to thousands gravely impacted by the explosion,” expressed Karen Papazian, Director of Development and Outreach at AGBU Headquarters.

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To donate, email or give online at by clicking the DONATE button. Every dollar raised for the AGBU Relief Fund for Lebanon will be allocated in full towards our on-the-ground emergency programs. For a limited time, all donations are matched by AGBU benefactors Vatche and Tamar Manoukian.

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