How The Fund Began
Madeline Dovletian wanted to sponsor an orphaned Armenian child. Clergy and Armenian organizations around the world were concentrating their efforts on the national scale relief. Through perseverance and the efforts of an aunt in Yerevan, she became the sponsor of 10 year old Edgar Haroutiounian. He was the first Canadian-sponsored child eventually there would be 1500. The needs of these orphaned children galvanized concerned Canadian-Armenians. Under the auspices of the Primate of the Canadian Diocese His Eminence Bishop Hovnan Derderian, a committee was formed to initiate a sponsorship program.
A liaison committee was created in Yerevan with the approval of the late Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Vazgen I. In July 1991, Ms. Dovletian and Ms. Diana Bogosyan traveled to Armenia and undertook a massive effort to document the first 160orphaned children.
The dossier with photos, personal data, family background and a short history of each child formed the template for information that is provided to each sponsor. The CFFA expanded. Executive Committees were organized in Montreal and Vancouver. Today, there are CFFA Committees in almost every parish within the Canadian Diocese including generous sponsors from Europe and the USA.