Repat Armenia Foundation sat down with the man behind FADF Mr. Alain Touhadian to talk about his life choices, Armenian identity and the importance of getting engaged with the homeland.
The new generations do not understand what the difference between Eastern and Western Armenian is; they don’t speak the language. When they come here, they integrate better with the local speaking and writing system. In America, it’s easier to retain your origins – you are an Armenian-American, African-American, French-American, etc. In France, you have to be French, in Germany, German. That makes a major difference in developing one’s identity.
The foundation itself was established in 2004 and we’ve been developing programs to help the disabled. Funding has become more difficult to obtain; as such, we have a commercial business which helps finance the foundation. We have a hotel and restaurant in Nork Marash established in 2017, while an outlet also provides necessary funds, operating on Tumanyan Street. The purpose of this is to create jobs and to have excess funds that we can channel back into the foundation.