Our Board of Directors is responsible for raising the approximately $200,000 annually required to run our program and maintain the Nakashian Children’s Support Center. More than 90 percent of all donations are dedicated to providing the service and support our girls need – including program and counseling provided by our professional staff, supplementary educational programs & training, shelter, food, clothing and school supplies. Less than 10 percent is dedicated to administrative and non-program expenses. Mer Hooys does not receive any financial support, or direct intervention in our program operations, from the Armenian government or the Mother See of Etchmiadzin. Read more about our fiscal transparency here
Our success is due in large part to the regular financial support from organizations and individuals in America and around the world. You can help on an ongoing basis by becoming a sponsor. An annual sponsorship of $500 per girl will help cover the costs of tutoring, private extracurricular lessons, and any special needs she may have. Sponsors at this individual level will receive updates on their sponsored girl(s). General annual sponsorships of $1,000 or more help us keep the program open and operating. Supporters with cumulative donations of $10,000 and above are featured on our “Sponsors and Benefactors” plaque displayed prominently in the lobby of the Nakashian Children’s Support Center in Yerevan.
Mer Hooys encourages our girls to explore and develop their interests and talents, not only to provide well-rounded cultural and artistic education, but to nurture skills which have the potential to develop into careers that can support them as they reach young adulthood and live independently. A few of our girls and graduates have developed into talented artists and we are pleased to offer some of their work as gifts to our donors. Supporters who donate at a recommended minimum level of $150 are eligible to receive a 3-set packet of Notecards depicting 18 selected paintings, which you may view here
Please donate by credit card or check by clicking the buttons below. You may also donate on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MerHooys or on Venmo @MerHooys. In addition, we invite our donors to participate in matching donation programs from their employers.
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