AYF Youth Corps to Mark Earthquake Anniversary with Gyumri Fundraiser
December 7 marks the 20th anniversary of the Gyumri Earthquake. The 7.2 magnitude quake destroyed Spitak, and severely devastated Gyumri and its surrounding towns and villages, killing 25,000 people and leaving up to a million homeless.
The earthquake sent shockwaves throughout Armenia and her Diaspora, initiating one of the largest humanitarian efforts to Armenia. Although Gyumri was largely rebuilt, much remains to be done, as thousands of families affected by the quake continue to live in underprivileged circumstances.
Last summer, the Armenian Youth Federations Youth Corps division established a free day camp for underprivileged children in Gyumris. Camp Gyumri touched the lives of hundreds of children that summer and provided much needed assistance to many of Gyumris struggling families who have to grapple with economic and social challenges that continue to linger 20 years after the earthquake destroyed their homes.
Please help us mark this anniversary by joining us at the Orange County Armenian Center (5305 W. McFadden Santa Ana, CA) on Sunday, December 7 at 9 am for a benefit breakfast to raise funds for the AYFs humanitarian operations in Gyumri. Donations will help fund the Armenian Youth Federations 2009 Youth Corps project in Gyumri, Armenia.
For more information on the fundraiser please visit the events facebook page.
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