About the #AraratChallenge

About the #AraratChallenge

#AraratChallenge is a global crowdfunding initiative reflecting the impact of the Aurora Humanitarian Movement in Armenia and Armenian communities globally. It launched on July 19, 2019 in Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan, during a symbolic ceremony held next to the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

#AraratChallenge is part of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative Charitable Foundation.

The video-based crowdfunding campaign at its first phase, #AraratChallenge is set to increase the impact and reach of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative in Armenia to combat poverty, improve healthcare and provide education to those in need. In 2020, after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Armenia, the #AraratChallenge movement used the funds collected since July 2019 to make a $120,000 donation to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia and help Armenian health professionals on the frontlines with lung ventilation devices. After the explosion in Beirut in August 2020, the #AraratChallenge campaign has provided $50,000 to the Armenian Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia to tend to the needs of Armenian community, and mobilized donations from global Armenian community to raise additional $50,000 for the reconstruction projects in Beirut.

At its next phase, starting October 2020, the #AraratChallenge crowdfunding initiative is focused on implementing humanitarian programs in Armenia and Artsakh designed to help the people of Artsakh affected by the war. Donations received starting October 2020 will secure further funding for these projects.

At the core of the movement is Mount Ararat, a universal symbol of renewal and second chances. In everlasting memory of 1,500,000 innocent martyrs who perished in the Armenian Genocide, the #AraratChallenge movement intends to unite at least 1,500,000 contributors and supporters globally. Just as the Armenian orphans that survived the Genocide had a chance to start a new life, the #AraratChallenge provides an exceptional opportunity for everyone to join this movement and give a second chance to those who need it most.

“In 2015, on the centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Ottoman Turks, we launched our international prize and humanitarian initiative to honor the memory of those who saved Armenians. We never imagined that Armenians would need support to survive aggressions in modern times, as we do today. We thank all those who are lending a hand at this time of extreme need.”

Noubar Afeyan, Vartan Gregorian, Ruben Vardanyan
Co-Founders, Aurora Humanitarian Initiative
 

Video Messages of the Co-Founders of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative:

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Your Contribution Matters

Donate any sum, even $1 per month, to give a second chance to the vulnerable and destitute.

Elena Khachvankyan

Hovhannes Ghumashyan

Ashot Khrimian

Artur Karapetyan

Инна Бадалян

Օվսաննա Քարամյան

Siro Sirekan

Oksana Pavlova

Elena Khachvankyan

Hovhannes Ghumashyan

Ashot Khrimian

Artur Karapetyan

Инна Бадалян

Օվսաննա Քարամյան

Siro Sirekan

Oksana Pavlova

Elena Khachvankyan

Hovhannes Ghumashyan

Ashot Khrimian

Artur Karapetyan

Инна Бадалян

Օվսաննա Քարամյան

Siro Sirekan

Oksana Pavlova