AIWA President’s Holiday Message 2023

December 12, 2023

Dear AIWA Member, Donor, Supporter,

As we approach the festive Christmas season and take time to be with family and loved ones, I want to THANK YOU as a member of the AIWA family for your support, and participation in our journey to connect and elevate Armenian women worldwide. Despite the difficulties arising from the conflict in Artsakh, AIWA has forged ahead in programs and initiatives that provide women with the tools to help themselves and their communities.

From job training to skills buildingscholarships to shelter assistance, and from emergency relief funds to providing humanitarian assistance, the women we serve remind me that the hope for the future is what our work is really all about. All our
endeavors share a common hope—a new start full of opportunity, economic
empowerment, and leadership within communities – which would not be possible without your encouragement and support.

Through your dedication, you have enabled us to:

  • Provide winter heating for 50 displaced families from Artsakh
  • Provide electricity to 51 single elderly displaced persons
  • Assist 52 students with scholarships in higher education around the world
  • Provide a safe haven for vulnerable and at-risk women in Armenia
  • Create a more secure world for women with our support of the SafeYou App

With the advent of a new year, AIWA is focused on the great work ahead. Much remains to be done to assure Armenian women an equal role in society, one in which they can make full use of their talents and resources wherever they may reside across the globe.

We are now inviting you to continue to stand with us with your generous donation as we address the needs of Armenian women using our unique women’s perspectives. You can easily give online by clicking on the button below or by mailing your check to AIWA, 65 Main Street, #3A, Watertown, MA 02472.

No gift is too big or too small and every dollar is needed to provide hard-working women educational opportunities for leadership advancement, or a new start through skills and vocational training to generate income for their families, or comprehensive support to protect women from violence and help them gain equal footing in society, or support women entrepreneurs to start/and or run their businesses. You are essential to making an impact in Armenian women’s lives and raising them to meet the world’s challenges today. Please join us. By making your gift now your generosity will be turned into action and will change lives.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a healthy, safe, and peaceful New Year. We look forward to making a greater impact in 2024 with your ongoing support.


Silva Katchiguian


Board of Directors
Silva Katchiguian

Zela Astarjian
Vice President

Diane Cabraloff
Vice President

Sona Antonyan

Armine Manukyan

Emma Arakelyan
Seta Eskanian Accaoui
Nina Festekjian
Alice Petrossian
Arsine Phillips
Tsoleen Sarian
Christine Soussa

Eva Medzorian
Barbara Merguerian


Danielle Galian, Chair

Los Angeles
Nicole Nishanian, Chair

New England
Carmen Barmakian, Chair

Greater New York
Lisa Stepanian, Chair

San Francisco
Lilit Yenokian, Chair