Postal address: P.O.Box 1991, CY-1514 Nicosia, Cyprus.
Phone: (357-2) 499889. Fax: (357-2) 311392
AYMA was founded in 1934, by a group of young men who had found refuge on Cyprus after the Armenian Genocide.
In trying to shape up the Armenian communities first attempt in organizational life AYMA played a vital role in social, and sports affairs of the community.
AYMA has maintained a football team for over 50 years. In the 50's and 60's the team competed in the First Division Championship of Cyprus, together with Greek, Maronite and Turkish teams.
Since 1976, it has competed in the First Division of the Amateur League. It won both the championship and the Cup in 1978 and over the years it has maintained the top slots of the league.
Apart from football, AYMA has in the past maintained a hockey and a table tennis team. Nowadays it has a darts team, as well.
AYMA also organises lectures, Food Bazaars, cultural and social events.
AYMA moved into its newly built premises in 1986, 23 years after losing its previous premises which now are under the Turkish-occupied section of Nicosia.
The club is open on a daily basis and one can participate in the heated debates at the The Speakers Corner in the library.
Within the same premises operates:-
In A.Y.M.A.s premises operates the "Hamaskayin" Cultural Association which contributes to the preservation of Armenian culture. Lectures, excursions, musical nights, theatrical performances by local members as well as from other Hamazkayin associations from abroad give the opportunity for Armenians in Cyprus to stay in touch with Armenian culture.
Recent activities of the Cyprus chapter is the formation of a Junior (Badanegan) Choir, and the commencement of painting lessons for the youth. Recent visitors to the island was the 22 man Hamazkayin theatrical group of Anjar Lebanon, and the 40 man dance ensemble of Hamaskayin Beirut, in 1994.
Postal address and Phone: Same as above
The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus (operating since 1978) is the only Armenian political lobby group in Cyprus which, through its ties with local political and media circles and its links with the Armenian National Committees world-wide, is the sole provider of news, opinions and information about the Armenian Question, Artsakh, Armenia and the Armenian Cypriot community.
It also holds regular lectures and seminars for the community with the participation of prominent figures of the Armenian political and economic spectrum.
The latest project undertaken by the ANC is the production of a collection of Armenian songs translated to Greek, orchestrated by prominent Cypriot composer Doros Georgiades and sung by upcoming teenage vocalist Michalis Hjiyiannis. This collection is available in CDs and audio-cassettes.
Phone (357-2)353860, 379106, Fax: (357-2)353144
E-mail Simon Aynedjian
The Armenian Youth Federation of Cyprus is part of the large family AYF (http://www.ayf.org)
AYF Cyprus has two sections in Nicosia.
The activities of AYF range from educational to recreational, and its aim is to preserve and strengthen the Armenian-Cypriot youth's sense of national identity, language, history, culture and heritage. It organizes Summer Camps, seminars and youth gatherings.
A.Y.F. Cyprus organised the pan-Diasporian Summer Camp in 1986, as well as many regional and international AYF meetings and seminars.
AYF Cyprus is a member of the government-sponsored Cyprus Youth Board, and has participated in many pan-European youth meetings, as well as local youth seminars. It maintains ties with various youth organizations in Cyprus, and with all youth sections of the Cypriot political parties. The AYF is the only thriving Armenian youth organization currently operating in Cyprus. This has been achieved by the great efforts and zeal of its members, as well as the support of the leadership of Azadamard.
ARS Cyprus is also part of a larger, world-wide NGO, the ARS, which has its headquarters in Boston, Ma. USA.
The Cyprus Chapter of the ARS is named "Sossee" (established in 1987), and has over 40 members.
Its activities are mainly focused in providing humanitarian and relief aid to Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh), and it has achieved this through fund raising activities and generous contributions of its members and supporters.
During the war in Artsakh it pioneered in sending huge quantities of medical aid and foodstuff to the war zone and it brought its participation in many international ARS relief projects - e.g. Zinvor and Tzmer Tzrakir.
In association with the Cyprus Chapter of "Doctors of the World", it sent medical equipment to the Yerevan State University Pediatrics Hospital.
The ARS Cyprus Chapter's current major project is its participation in an international sponsorship program for orphans of Artsakh and Armenia. The number has, over the years, reached 167 orphans and is growing. Sponsors are both Armenian and Greek Cypriots.
Artsagang (first issued in 1982) has been published on a monthly basis since March 1995. It provides news from Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora, community news, interviews, youth and junior pages and a sports section, as well as opinion forums.
The Editorial Committee is made up of young volunteers, as well as a number of contributors. It is published using latest technology at Azadamard Youth Center, and printed locally in tabloid format.
The newspaper is distributed free to all Armenian households in Cyprus, to most media centres, institutions and various organizations of the Diaspora, as well as to Armenians of Cypriot origin not residing in Cyprus. In no time, Artsagang has gained the respect of all the community.
The budget for Artsagang is covered by generous donations and advertisements.
Artsagang can be contacted at P.O.Box 1171, CY-1503 Nicosia, Cyprus, or email@example.com.
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