FAR is dedicated to honoring the past, empowering the present, and ensuring the future for people in Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Javakhk. FAR gives hope, guidance and opportunity to those in need, empowering them to create a better present and helping them pave the way toward a stronger future.
Headquartered in New York, FAR also has four offices in Armenia, with its head office in Yerevan. Eighty percent of FAR’s 100 staff members are based in the field, including Gyumri, Yerevan, Berd and Vanadzor.
What We Do
FAR caters its general relief and development programs to the changing needs of the people of Armenia. Currently, FAR concentrates its efforts on social services, social and economic opportunity and development, child protection, healthcare and education. Since its inception, FAR has implemented more than 225 relief, social, educational and cultural projects valued at over $290 million.
In response to the 1988 earthquake, which devastated Gyumri and Spitak, several members of the Armenian community rushed to help with relief efforts. Their timely assistance grew into something much bigger – an organization aimed at empowering Armenians to build a better future for themselves and their nation.FAR was reorganized into a private, voluntary organization and recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit by the IRS in March 1993.
The Armenian diaspora plays a tremendous role in helping to modernize this fledgling nation, which is still rising from the ashes of the Soviet Union. Through FAR, support from the diaspora has housed thousands of families, fed hundreds of thousands more, and trained Armenia’s next generation of scientists, doctors, business leaders and other professionals.Thank you for your interest in supporting FAR. Our work depends on our wonderful, dedicated contributors. Donations can be made through our secure online form. Gifts can also be mailed to our New York Headquarters. If you are interested in having long-term impact on Armenians consider the advantages of planned giving.
Recent Blog Posts
- Despite the introduction of new technology over the past decade, proper wound care remains a considerable medical and surgical concern, especially in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. A recent joint effort between Armenian and Armenian-American physicians initiated a program aimed at improving the situation of wound care by identifying, acquiring and distributing modern equipment to, as well as training more health care professionals at major Armenian medical institutions.August 25, 2016
- Hundreds of young people had a chance to better their future career paths over the course of the past year thanks to the efforts of some leading companies in Armenia's IT sphere, FAR, and some other charitable organizations. Three hundred forty-five young people from Gyumri and 285 from Vanadzor took part in mobile, web and computer engineering courses completely free of charge and gained practical skills in programming through FAR’s Trainings for Gyumri and Vanadzor Technology Centers Program.August 23, 2016
- Astghik Sargsyan, 15, believes that nothing is impossible for a person with big dreams and a strong will. She attends guitar classes at Gyumri’s Octet Music School, and ever since the school was renovated, is very happy to now attend her lessons in a more modern environment.August 19, 2016
- No matter what Armenians do, they are often influenced by their roots. This could easily be said for Alan Hovhannes, a famous American composer of Armenian and Scottish decent, as well as for his friend, the well-known pianist Şahan Arzruni.August 18, 2016