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  • Near East Relief

    Near East Relief

    Near East Relief

    As early as April 1915, the American and German missionaries stationed in the various cities of the ottoman Empire immediately began to assist the victims with their limited funds. In September 1915, Ambassador Morgenthau asked the American government for emergency funds. The American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief (ACASR) was established with special contributions from the Rockefeller Foundation.

    By 19 19, Near East Relief had gathered thousands of surviving Armenian children into orphanages in various cities of the Near East and developed a program of preparing the children for selfsupport. The boys were trained to become shoemakers, bakers, or tailors, while girls were taught sewing and spinning. Moreover, Armenian girls were reclaimed from Turkish families and prepared for a new life. Schools were set up to ensure the continued education of the surviving Armenian children.

    Hundreds of thousands of Armenian lives were saved through the refugee assistance programs of the Near East Relief and the dedicated service of American missionaries.

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