Ara first traveled to Armenia with his parents in 1989 as a videographer to document a project undertaken by the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and the American Library Association in Armenia’s 1988 earthquake zone. Concerned by the hardship of the Armenian citizens, Ara made numerous subsequent fact-finding trips to Armenia and Artsakh from 1992 to 1997. He documented on video, in photographs, and journals the daily lives of common people to better understand their needs and find ways to make their lives more bearable. Thanks to his active stance in addressing socio-economic issues in Armenia, as well as the long and frequent visits to Armenia, Ara K. Manoogian was elected the President of the Monte Melkonian Fund in 1995 and served until 1997.
Ara exposing trafficking of woman and girls from armenia to dubai, Uae
Hunger Strike For Democracy
Ara's cross-country trip from Los Angeles, CA, to Washington, D.C., for the sake of democracy and rule of law
In 2001, Ara conducted a covert operation to document and expose illegal international adoption of babies from Armenia to the United States. As a result of his published findings, the Armenian National Assembly passed new laws to prevent this illegal practice from continuing.