After spending last summer at the SOS Children’s Village in Armenia, a group of young Canadian Armenians, the AGBU Montreal Venturers, has continued to give back to that small community. The scouting group recently raised over $1,200 to purchase a new snowblower for the village, to make harsh winter months more bearable for its residents.
The initial visit of the Montreal Venturers, the oldest section of the AGBU scouts, to Armenia in 2006 was jointly organized by AGBU and the Armenian Student Detachment, also known as HUJ. During this trip, the Canadian-Armenian scouts painted benches, cleaned playground areas, and installed a basketball hoop for their peers in the SOS Children’s village. The recent donation of the snowblower was an important step in a series of continuous follow-up projects for the scouts to this village.
Founded in 1949, the SOS Children’s Village is an independent social development organization, which is active in the field of children’s needs, concerns and rights in over 132 countries, including Armenia.
“What makes this project unique and exceptional is that it was conceived, organized, planned and fundraised in its entirety by 15- to 18-year-olds with minimal assistance,” said Viken Attarian, former chairman of the AGBU Montreal chapter, a current member of the Scouts’ Council.
The AGBU Montreal Venturers is continuously helping their community. The group has been twice honored with the Inukshuk Award by the Canadian Scouting Federation, for their work in inspiring other Canadian scouts to push the limits of community service.
The memories and impressions made in the SOS Children’s Village have stayed with the Canadian-Armenian youth long after their trip and they hope to continue their humanitarian support in the future.