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
- Leading members of the Armenian diaspora and those interested in learning the latest about the growing IT sector in Armenia gathered June 10 that Synopsys in Mountain View, California, for theArmenia: IT Forum convention.July 21, 2016
- A group of young Armenian Americans from the Armenian Service Program (ASP) recently spent several weeks herefamiliarizing themselves with the country while also offering support through community service.July 19, 2016
- A lack of certified nutritionists and collaboration amongst professionals in the health field, commercial interests, along with poor nutritional behavior overall, are the main challenges that organizations and health care workers face when implementing nutrition programs in Armenia today. These were the conclusions of the "Nutrition Today Matters Tomorrow" conference organized earlier this spring by FAR, the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, and the School of Public Health at the American University of Armenia.July 15, 2016
- Dr. Anna Poladyan, Senior Researcher, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology Department at Yerevan State University (YSU), recently won first place in the annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Competition. Anna is also one of our 2005 and 2013 ANSEF grantees.July 12, 2016