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[FAR Scholarships]: One Gulamerian Scholars Finds Inspiration in Social Work image

Twenty-year-old Gohar Khachatryan is an ideal role model for others. Gohar started her bachelor’s degree last year in sociology from Yerevan State University (YSU). Recently she was chosen to spend the day as the school’s vice-rector, an honor and additional attribution for her CV. "They chose me based on my academic grades, active involvement in university issues, and my application. Then I underwent an interview and was the lucky one selected," said Gohar who was also chosen last year to be the Sociology Faculty’s dean for a day.

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[Economic Development]: Boosting Vineyard Cultivation in Armenia’s Border Region image

It all started a year ago when FAR provided funds to a local nursery that specialized in grape cultivation and operated under the cooperative of Varagavan Village in the Berd Region. The support, which was made possible thanks to FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), covered several months of operational costs for the nursery, and helped it to produce locally grown, disease-free grape seedlings which turned out to be half the price of the frequently-used but imported European or Georgian seedlings.

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[FAR Schools]: Daniel Varuzhan Continues its Quest to Improve image

Each year when we make our visits to Daniel Varuzhan School No. 89 in Yerevan, we witness positive changes and learn more about the inspiring programs they want to implement with the goal of making their school even better. This most recent visit last month was no exception. A newly renovated and furnished concert hall, a renovated and redesigned gym to be used as assembly hall for motivational talks, and the purchase of a color printer and audio equipment were all made possible due to FAR’s support to the school this year.

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[CASP]: CASP Provides Assistance to Gyumri Family Crippled with Poverty image

Eight-year-old Kristine, 13-year-old Karen, and 16-year-old Khoren Gevorgyan have spent their childhoods living in squalor with their grandmother Geghecik, 73, in one of the worst districts of Gyumri. After losing their home to the earthquake that devastated the region back in 1988, the family moved into a house given to them by the state. After that house was lost to a fire in 2001 they were then forced to move into an aluminum shelter, gifted to them by a local foundation. Both Karen and Kristine were born in this makeshift house. The four lived there with the children’s mother Anjela and their father Manvel until he passed away after a long battle with lung cancer in 2009. Soon afterwards, Anjela left with no reasonable explanation. They haven’t seen her since.

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