Prominent American-Armenian benefactor Gerard Cafesjian has been awarded with the Fridtjoff Nansen medal for his active socio-political participation, establishment of humanitarian principles, investments in the motherland, namely for reconstruction of the ”Cascade” museum, and for his active participation in all nation-wide projects. Fridtjoff Nansen Fund’s chairman also delivered that another prominent Armenian-American benefactor and businessman Kirk Kirkoryan has also been awarded with the same medal for reconstruction of the Armenian economy and desaster zone, for reconstruction of cultural objects, for unprecedented number of highway-construction projects and for financing a great deal of other humanitarian initiatives. ”This once again testifies that nothing is left unnoticable by people who live in Armenia.” Said Felix Bakhchinyan, chairman of the ” Fridtjoff Nansen Fund”. The fund functions for about ten years. During this period it has awarded with medals several prominent people: among them, grandson of the great humanitarian, architect Aidil Nansen, Russian ex-prime-minister Nikolay Rijkov, president of the Norwegian National Academy Bjarne Vaaler, presidendts of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, the prime-minister of Armenia, defense ministers of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, writers Eduartas Majelaitis, Silva Kaputikyan, Zori Balayan, president of the Natioanal Academy of RA Fadey Sarkissyan and so forth. Chairman of the Fridtjoff Nansen Fund congratulates the great patriots on the occasion of beeing awarded with the medal of the Nobel Price recipient Fridtjoff Nansen. Felix Bakhchinyan also congratulates them both on the occasion of the New Year and Christmas. Please, find underneath the texts of the certificates, which were awared to Gerard Cafesjian and Kirk Kirkoryan.
Honorable Mr Gerard Cafesjian, for your fruitfull activities conducted towards establishing of social-political and humanitarian principles, as well as for your unforgettable merit put within development of the republic’s economy and for your most active participation in all nation-wide projects, you are being granted with the comemorative medal of the great humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize recepient Fridtjoff Nansen.
Honorable Mr Kirk Kirkoryan, for your fruitfull activities conducted towards establishing of social-political and humanitarian principles, as well as for your unforgettable merit in the motherland’s development, reconstruction of the desaster zone, road-construction and renovation of cultural centers, you are being granted with the comemorative medal of the great humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize recepient Fridtjoff Nansen.
High Comissioner of the League of Natioans, recipient the Nobel Peace Prize, National Hero of Norway, physician, polar explorer and great friend of the Armenian people Fridtjoff Nansen encountered numbers of Armenian refugees, who escaped the Great Genocide committed by the Turks. He also has implemented a prolific work in introducing the Armenian problem to the world. It is well-known that Nansen has given passports with his own signature to those Armenians who had no documents. And those passports were accepted in many countries. In those times the great humanitarian helped the people of Povoljie to escape starvation. He sent to Russia 4000 trains packed with food, as a result of which, 7 million people escaped death. Today one in every 5 Russians is the generation of those who once were saved by Fridtjoff Nansen. In 1925 Nansen visited Armenia in order to learn personally the refugees’ situation. He understood that the super-powers and the League of Nations once again have deceived Armenians and himself. After this, he left for the United States, hoping to collect donations. Nansen delivered lectures in all Universities, receiving money in return. And in the end, in the streets of big cities, the citizen of the world, Fridtjoff Nansen, began to ask for money for Armenian refugees.