For the third year in a row, Aram Pambukhchyan, a student at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia and a FAR Nishanian Scholarship recipient, spent a day cleaning and tidying up the garden at FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH).

“I am glad to do this and I do it with great pleasure since this is one way we can help the elderly who live here,” Aram said.

Aram, along with 32 other students, visited VOAH in May to keep with the tradition of helping its staff to clean everything in the building and fix up its grounds, and also to simply give residents some much appreciated company.

Haykuhi Mnacakanyan is a FAR Zambak Scholarship student who is working toward her master’s in human resources management at Yerevan State University. This was her first time at VOAH. “Everybody is really friendly and I can see the warmth people have toward each other and with us in here. It feels like a family. I am glad I came to help with some everyday things. I think that as young people, it is very important that we learn how crucial it is to volunteer,” she said.

Suzi Hasratyan visited VOAH for the fifth year in a row. She is a FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program student majoring in philology at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. She’s also a trained stylist thanks to the Gulamerian program, which enabled her to enroll in vocational training. She considers it her “duty” to give back by giving free haircuts when she visits VOAH. “I feel that I am doing an important thing. Something seemingly as minor as a new hairstyle can really give someone a lift and help them to feel a little better about themselves,” said Suzi.

As the tradition goes, the day ended with Sayan Scholarship students from Yerevan State Conservatory performing a concert of beautiful folk songs, to which the students invited VOAH residents to dance with them.

Photos of the day are below.

The Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) is a FAR project sponsored by the Gevorg and Sirvard Karamanuk Foundation and supported by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese (WGCC).