LOS ANGELES–After months of planning, preparation and endless fundraising, the Youth Corps of the Armenian Youth Federation departed from Los Angeles on Wednesday, headed toward the independent Republic of Armenia, where the group will run a day camp for youth in Gyumri.
Last year, AYF Camp Gyumri, was a home away from home for hundreds of children in Armenia. It was also a place of comfort and familiarity for another group of young Armenians, who traveled thousands of miles in search of a means to connect with the home of their ancestors.
The participants this year are: Serop Chalian, Levon Abrahamian, Berj Parseghian, Kevork Babayan, Kevork Kebabjian, Sanan Haroun Arianna DeLeon, Nora Injeyan, and Alex DerAlexanian.
The group will be in the homeland for over a month, spending the summer with the children of a city still struggling to rebuild after the devastating 1988 earthquake.
It’s midnight on Wednesday and the group is en route to Yerevan….
Asbarez and Youth Corps will be bloging live from Armenia and Little Armenia, to share the experiences of this group as they live and working in the Homeland.