Karoline Kouzouian Samuelian was born in Aleppo, Syria and is the youngest of four children. She was raised with a strong faith in Christianity, gifted to her by her grandmother Zakieh, who became her life’s role model and inspiration. She taught her the treasure of God’s love and the beauty of giving.
At the age of thirteen, Karoline moved to the United States with her family. She got married to Vasken Samuelian and had a beautiful daughter named Alina. In 1995, Karoline became the President of Cosiani menswear.
As a child, she always loved helping others, especially people whom she felt were powerless and helpless in life. As she grew older, her passion for helping people in need grew along with her. Her heart goes out most to the innocent children suffering in poverty. She believes that every child can make a difference in the world and that no innocent child deserves to suffer. With God’s calling, she founded the Freedom Loving Youth – FLY charity to give herself and others the opportunity to make a remarkable difference and make this world a better place.
FLY’s humble beginnings started around 10 years ago when the war in Syria began. With the tremendous help of H.G. Bishop Armash Nalbandian of Damascus, Syria, FLY was founded and its missions began. For a year and a half, Karoline and Bishop Armash executed many projects to help children with school supplies and necessities. These projects took place privately, without the involvement or support of the public. After FLY’s efforts and accomplishments reached great heights, Karoline, Alina and Bishop Armash decided to make FLY an official charity and get the community involved in order to make an even greater difference. With God’s blessing and tremendous hard work, FLY has grown to have chapters in Syria, Armenia and Lebanon and help more than 10,000 children. H.G. Bishop Armash Nalbandian plays a vital role in the FLY charity’s birth and growth, and we are forever grateful to him for his endless dedication, humility, and selflessness as FLY’s spiritual leader. Without Karoline’s vision, Bishop Armash’s guidance, and the hard work of our founders and teams, FLY wouldn’t be here.
“ I am forever grateful to God to have found my true purpose in this life. I have found no greater joy in the world than serving the Lord and His beautiful children. My heart is with every single child suffering in the world. I have big dreams and plans for the future. Yes, suffering and poverty are prominent in our world, but I believe that all of us have the power to do something about it. I envision a world where love and joy conquer poverty and suffering. With God’s will, I know in my heart that my dreams will come to life with the support of great people like you.
Together, hand in hand, let’s all work to create a new world for our children and redirect their destiny.”
– Karoline Kouzouian Samuelian