Netherlands-Armenian participants of the “Ari Tun” Program are happy to be participating in the program

As reported Hayern Aysor, Khachik, Avetis and Nazeli Frankyan from Almelo are participating in the 7th stage of the 2017 “Ari Tun” Program of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia. They wanted to participate in the program last year, but since their younger sister was not old enough, the brothers waited for her to turn 13. This year, they took a trip to Armenia to participate in the “Ari Tun” Program.

Khachik Frankian: Living abroad, we have the opportunity to fully discover Armenia and become connected to the native land. I am certain that I will become more patriotic, will value my Armenian identity and make more friends after participating in the “Ari Tun” Program.

The first time I visited Armenia was back in 2003. There have truly been considerable changes. There are more places of leisure and places for taking walks, and Yerevan has been improved more. Out of all the historic and cultural sites in Armenia, I like Lake Sevan, the temple in Garni and Geghard Monastery the most. I have been told that we will be visiting these sites through the “Ari Tun” Program, and I am very happy for that.

There is a consolidated Armenian community in Almelo that holds various pro-national events and celebrates Armenian national holidays.

I love Armenian Christmas when my family and I go to the local St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church to participate in the liturgy and light candles.

Avetis Frankian: In Almelo, I am a member of a chess club and have won several chess tournaments in the Netherlands.

My goal is to help make Armenia more recognized with my achievements in chess and show that the Armenians are smart and talented people.

My siblings and I have come to participate in the “Ari Tun” Program with great pleasure, and I hope our expectations are met and we return with great impressions.

Nazeli Frankian: Our parents do everything they can to make sure we always feel close to Armenia and speak Armenian at home. We celebrate all Armenian national holidays. On holidays, we decorate our table with traditional Armenian dishes, and I also help make the dishes.

In the Netherlands, I try to  make my day interesting, and one of my daily activities is taking walks with my Armenian friends.

By participating in the “Ari Tun” Program, I will improve my knowledge of Armenian, make new friends and visit all the sites that I have only seen on the Internet until now.

P.S.: At the end, the young Diaspora Armenians expressed deep pity for the death of Principal of the Armenian Sunday School of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Almelo Manuk Mkrtchyan. “We learned a lot from Manuk Mkrtchyan, and we will always remember him as a patriot. We are grateful to him for teaching us Armenian.”

Gevorg Chichyan

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