AUA Hosts Student Training for Aid to Artsakh Armenians

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YEREVAN, Armenia — The American University of Armenia (AUA) reiterated its unwavering dedication and readiness of its students to support displaced families from Artsakh. In an effort to accelerate that support, AUA organized a special training of volunteers enrolled in the provision of essential assistance to those affected by the conflict in Artsakh. The training, led by Nelly Davtyan from the State Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of the Republic of Armenia, particularly covered the steps involved in rendering crucial support to individuals and families impacted by the forced displacement from their homes in Artsakh.

The primary objective of the training was to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively assist the displaced. Students gained the tools needed to navigate the dedicated website where they would input crucial information about each displaced individual, such as place of origin, personal and family background, and contact information. The information entered into the system will ensure the efficiency and targeted support of the respective individuals. 

During the training, students repeatedly received updated vital statistics on the number of displaced people from Artsakh and the urgency of their needs. The training also emphasized the sensitivity of psychological support and the importance of avoiding discussions of personal topics. It was iterated that every displaced person must register to be able to receive assistance.

Following completion of this training, AUA students immediately put their knowledge to use by actively volunteering to register those individuals and families forcibly displaced from Artsakh.

This AUA initiative supports the students’ expressed motivation to participate in the assistance efforts and demonstrates their deep sense of empathy and desire to contribute their time and effort to ameliorate the lives of those affected by the most recent Artsakh war. The students believe that their volunteering is the most impactful way to share the pain of the displaced and make a small difference. 

AUA students are committed to supporting the displaced families from Artsakh in this time of dire need. Their enrollment in the organized training signifies their dedication, compassion, and readiness to assist, exemplifying the true spirit of the AUA community. The University will continue to nurture a sense of responsibility and active citizenship among its student body.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.