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Jinishian Commission Visits Armenia: Reflections of a Commission Member

Cynthia E. White, JMP Commission Member
Coordinator, Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People 


Armenia is one of the oldest civilizations and the first in the world to officially accept Christianity as its state religion. It is a nation desperately trying to survive, trying to overcome its tragic history. It is a nation fighting for independence, democracy, and a brighter future. The spirit of the Armenia people and the nation’s determination create the potential to pull the country out of an endless cycle of mediocrity and on to a course of economic and political growth.


In the midst of this struggling nation is the Jinishian Memorial Foundation Armenia (JMF) working with the people in their fight for independence and self-determination. The Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP) Commission, the governing body of the international Jinishian program, had the pleasure of spending 10 days in October 2009 with members of the JMF Armenia staff, local advisory board members, and JMF community partners throughout the country.

Jinishian Memorial Foundation Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

On October 8, Jinishian Memorial Foundation’s 15th Anniversary ceremony took place in Aram Khachatryan concert hall. Government representatives, US Jinishian Memorial Program Governing bodies, members of Advisory Committees, Directors and staff members of Syrian and Lebanon Jinishian Memorial programs, Jinishian Memorial Foundation Armenia partners and beneficiaries, staff members, their families and friends were present at the event.

Michael Haratunian, Chair for Jinishian Memorial Program United States Advisory Committee, Victor Makari, Jinishian Memorial Program Executive Director and Eliza Minasyan, Jinishian Memorial Foundation-Armenia Executive Director delivered a welcoming speech. Thanking the guests for sharing with JMF the delight of the day, Mrs. Minasyan mentioned: “We couldn’t have achieved all these without your cooperation and devotion. And we still have much to do together in future. We’d like to express our profound gratitude to all those who have demonstrated their devotion and commitment to ensure a better life for our compatriots.”

The Government of Armenia awarded the JMF with letter of gratitude for the outstanding contribution to the prosperity of homeland. The official ceremony of the Jinishian Foundation 15th Anniversary was followed by the performance of Barekamutyun Armenian State Dance Troupe.

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