Letters from Armenia

Arianna 12/21/23

This letter is from Arianna,* who is sponsored by Ani Yessaillian.  

* We use only the first names of the children to protect their privacy. 


Dear Sponsor, 

This is 9-year-old Arianna. I am in 4th grade in school. Before September 25, 2023, I lived in Artsakh’s heavenly village of Berdashen. I loved my village, school, and friends so much! 

However, because of the wretched war we, as well as all the Artsakh people, had to take the road to exile. Because my father was killed in the 2020 war, my aunt’s husband came to help us leave the village. We spent three days on the road, hungry and scared, and we found a new residence in the village of Zovouni, in Armenia’s Kotayk province.

A couple of days after our arrival, my sisters and I went to a new school and met our new teachers and classmates. We were warmly welcomed and with open arms here, but I miss my house, school, and friends very much. I hope that one day I will be able to go back to Artsakh. 

In my spare time, I like to draw pictures and go for walks with my sisters.  

Dear Sponsor, 

I am very grateful for your presence in my life and for being such a wonderful person! I gratefully received 150 dollars from you. Thank you so much! May God bless and protect you.