Avedis Sarajian was born in Efkere in 1890, and immigrated to the United States as a young man in the years immediately preceding the First World War. In the United States, he remained committed to the well being of his hometown, and played a key role among Efkeretzis in the US (particularly the New York area) in forming and maintaining an organization of compatriots from Efkere. For a time, he served as president of this organization. Prior to the War, the principal aim of the organization was to raise funds for the girls school of the village, which was in the process of being rebuilt and improved upon. Following the War, the aim became to aid and assist any Efkeretzis that survived 1915, both abroad and in the United States.