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
- A concert series, which featured five brilliant performances from the talented students of Gyumri’s Octet Music School in 2015 will continue into this year. In March, students held two concerts, one in Gyumri and the other in Vanadzor.May 5, 2016
- Seventy FAR scholarship students joined the hundreds who marched to the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial outside Yerevan on April 24. Holding a banner etched with the words “I Remember and Demand,” they pledged to fight for genocide recognition and to play their part in strengthening Armenia by studying hard and excelling in their future professions.May 4, 2016
- Just 400 of the 1,100 students who attend Daniel Varuzhan School No. 89 live in the same Yerevan district where the school is located. The rest travel from throughout the city to attend as its reputation is as one of the best public schools in Armenia’s capital. FAR is happy to have influenced their success.April 22, 2016
- Bright and shining, even sunny, Svetlana (or Sveta, as she is affectionately known to most) is a joy of the FAR’s Children’s Center ․LINK This 11-year-old is the only child of a single mother, 35-year-old Gayane Paramazyan. Originally from the Sisian Region, Gayane moved to Yerevan more than 10 years ago. Today, she works as launderer at Yerevan’s Military Hospital and lives in an abandoned train car located in an old industrial park in a far district of Yerevan. Conditions of the train car are as limited as one could possibly imagine with no bathroom or proper kitchen, just some space for two beds. Gayane’s $120 monthly salary isn’t enough for her to afford to rent a better place, so she leans on Center until she can find a solution.April 19, 2016