Hellenicare Marks Decade of Relief Work in Armenia

Andrew A. Athens with Staff

hellenicare, the international medical and humanitarian relief organization founded by Andrew A. Athens a Founder and first Chairman of Leadership 100, during his tenure as President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE), celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of its medical and humanitarian programs in Alaverdi, Armenia with the opening of the newly renovated, medical center on May 4, 2011. In 2001, hellenicare expanded its mission of alleviating poverty and oppression by establishing a medical clinic in Alaverdi.  Nurses’ and medical mobile unit programs were created in 2002 to serve residents of rural, remote villages. hellenicare also provides humanitarian assistance in the form of medicines, medical supplies and other aid.

With the support of the U.S. Department of State – Office of Humanitarian Assistance and the City Council of

Entrance to New Building

Alaverdi, hellenicare was able to renovate and have free use of a building in the center of town. Gerald J. Oberndorfer, Director of the Office of Humanitarian Assistance of the U.S. Department of State, also granted hellenicare the funds needed to renovate the building.   hellenicare is in the process of raising funds to purchase diagnostic equipment, such as an x-ray unit, ultrasound machine and biochemical analyzer.

For ten years, hellenicare has been providing critically needed medical attention to the citizens of Alaverdi and the surrounding areas. Today’s event, the opening of the new hellenicare medical clinic in Alaverdi will ensure that this care will continue and at the same time make this care more accessible and effective.  I express my congratulations to hellenicare for their outstanding, sustained support to the people of Armenia.  Your efforts are impressive and an inspiration to all,” stated Oberndorfer.     
This is an important milestone in hellenicare’s history,” said Andrew A. Athens, President and Founder. “Today, we realize the dream of having our own building in which to expand the medical care we offer the residents of Alaverdi. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Gerald J. Oberndorfer for his tremendous efforts to make this dream a reality for hellenicare. His commitment, dedication and leadership as Director of the Office of Humanitarian Assistance of the U. S. Department of State are commendable and will leave a lasting impression of America’s goodwill,” continued Athens.
The May 4th celebration was also attended by dignitaries from the Armenian government and local community, which included the Governor of the Lori Marz region, Deputy Minister of Health, President of the Hellenic Federation in Armenia, and the mayors of local villages surrounding the city of Alaverdi. Hellenicare’s mobile medical unit serves 15 villages.
 “My congratulations to you, Mr. Athens and to all your colleagues on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of the Greek Medical Fund “Hippokrates” of Armenia, said Aram Kocharyan, Lori Marz Regional Governor. “We are grateful to you for the medical care you provide more than 5,000 people a year and for the 19 small reconstruction programs that you have completed in the Lori Marz region. We wish you may more healthy years to continue your good works,” continued Governor Kocharyan.
The Mayor of Alaverdi, Mr. A. L. Nalbandyan presented Athens with the key to the city making him an “Honorary Citizens of Alaverdi.” Mayor Nalbandyan also expressed his appreciation to Dr. Simon Zakharov and the medical staff of hellenicare for helping the citizens of Alaverdi. The celebration continued with the children from the schools in Ahktala and Ayrum, Armenia reciting words of thanks. hellenicare has conducted small reconstruction programs at each of the schools.
Following these words of gratitude, Athens and Oberndorfer along with Dr. Charles Kanakis, Vice President of Medical Affairs, and local dignitaries participated in the ribbon cutting ceremonies. A special blessing service was held and guests were treated to refreshments. After the opening, guests were invited to a luncheon reception.
Today, hellenicare has medical centers, mobile medical units and humanitarian assistance programs that have helped more than 3 million people and distributed over $155 million worth of aid.
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