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
- The soon-to-be chefs and stylists of the Berd Region recently received a bit of well-deserved stardom thanks to two competitions held April 14th at Berd Vocational School.June 7, 2016
- Lusine Hakobyan, 25, is someone who goes after her dreams despite what others might try and plan for her. When she was about to finish school in her hometown of Ashtarak City in Aragatsotn Province, her family, and her father in particular, tried to convince her to study philology. It took Lusine quite awhile to convince her family that journalism was the only thing she could see herself pursuing.June 1, 2016
- April 7th was a joyful day in Tavush Province’s Chinchin Village. The agro-cooperative made up of livestock farmers from the community, received a brand new Challenger Tractor. Acquiring this new village treasure was possible through joint funding from FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) and the Ministry of Agriculture.May 26, 2016
- Twenty-year-old Artur Avagyan is a long-time member of the FAR Children’s Center “family.” A few months ago when he finished his tour and was released from the army, the first thing he did was return to the Center. "When I left the Children's Center, I was 18. That was an important moment for me. And it is reassuring for me to know that there are people who can back me up and who really care for me. So, when you realize you are not alone you want to fulfil your dreams, not only for yourself but for them as well. When there are people who wait for news from you and who rejoice in your achievements, you feel more obliged. I feel very proud that I managed to meet the expectations of the people who are important to me," said Artur.May 23, 2016