Last Sunday, CARS (Constantinople Armenian Relief Society)-Hintliyan alumni gathered in the Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Bayside, New York, in order to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Hintliyan School, which was established in 1909 in Bolis, Turkey and is currently operating in Gayan Avan, Armenia. Nearly 150 Armenians born in Constantinople but currently residing in North America participated in the event. Prior to the event, on September 7, 2009, in the Gayan Avan secondary school named after Hovhannes Hintliyan in the Davoush region of Armenia, the “Nor Dprots” (New School) 100th Anniversary was celebrated. During the New York celebration, films and photos from the Armenian ceremony were presented, and participants of the ceremony shared their impressions.
The New York event was organized as a fundraiser for the Hintliyan School. As a result of the support from CARS and FAR, the number of children enrolled in the school increases each year, and the quality of education improves. Moreover, now residents of the border villages of Aygehovit and Azatamut are inspired with new hope for the future. Recently, FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan visited the remote school and presented 14 heaters, purchased thanks to the CARS donation, to be installed in all classrooms of the school. At the same time, financial stipends were awarded to the Hintliyan school children and teachers. This school in Gayan Avan is a great example FAR’s fruitful collaboration with other successful Armenian organizations, such as CARS.