The Narod Armenian Children's Cultural Institute
is a subsidiary of the Ani and Narod Memorial Fund, Inc., a non-profit
organization established in 1994. The mandate of the e4d institute is to
work with the aim of bringing joy to the life of every young Armenian in
the world, improving the educational contexts of childhood and helping
young Armenians share the Armenian cultural heritage. The Ani and Narod
Memorial Fund is committed to helping mothers and children worldwide live
healthier and more fulfilling lives. To realize these objectives, the fund
finances and develops programs, often in collaboration with other
non-profit organizations, in the areas of health care, education, culture,
community services, and capacity-building.
During the next several years, the e4d institute will focus most of its efforts on meeting the educational and
cultural needs of young Armenians residing in Armenia and in the Armenian
Diaspora by using new telecommunications technologies and specially the
Internet. We believe that enhancing the level of communication among
Armenian youth, while a worthwhile effort in its own right, will also lead
to novel opportunities for effective educational activities.
The e4d institute's and Ani and Narod Memorial
Fund's most recent projects include:
- Open Sesame© in Armenian, an adaptation
of the well-known Sesame Street children's television program. A new
episode of Open Sesame is now being aired regularly in Armenia.
- Renovating the Narod Ardhaldjian Children's
Library in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Developing and marketing an Armenian Alphabet
poster for children.
- Sponsoring and distributing in Armenia 2,000
audio cassettes of Armenian children's songs.
- Developing and marketing an Armenian calendar
poster and Armenian Christmas cards.
- Producing a collection of cards entitles "Toys"
in collaboration with artist Kardash Onnig.
- Developing a series of children's books
scheduled to be published in 1998.
© Sesame Street 1997 CTW