[BCPP]: Six More Villages to be Covered by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program image

Six new villages will be covered as part of FAR's Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), which recently began its fourth year of helping communities in Tavush Province's Berd Region. One hundred and five families from the villages of Movses, Verin Karmiraghbyur, Choratan, Norashen, Navur and Itsaqar were chosen to receive support, which will include the creation of individual family stabilization plans by our social workers that will enable each family to access what they need to pull themselves out of poverty, including vocational skills development, medical care, educational opportunities and financial support, among other things.

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[GTech]: Friday Tech Talks at GTech Inspire IT Students image

For the 4th week in a row now Fridays have gotten a whole lot more interesting at GTech. Since September 9th, “Tech Fridays” have been host to some of the most successful representatives in Armenia's IT sphere. Speakers talk about current technological challenges in Armenia. They brainstorm possible solutions, and they share their own stories of failure and success.

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[BCPP]: BCPP Helps Small Business Owners to Expand image

A new sub project within our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), which aims to provide support to smaller business owners, has already helped two local businesses to expand. After opening a call for applications nearly one year ago, FAR program managers had the difficult task of choosing the ideas of two successful candidates out of the 10 applicants who presented their plans on how to enlarge their current businesses. Selection was followed by a training on how to prepare solid business plans, and each candidate was given an interest-free loan and a grant to carry it out.

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[Economic Development]: “One Village” Boosts Economic Development in Zangakatun image

One year of hard work has brought significant results to Zangakatun Village where FAR, along with the Orange Foundation are preparing to officially close the One Village Project: Empowering Zangakatun to Development. The project, which opened August and aimed to develop the village's economic sustainability and infrastructure, improve its healthcare and education, and support its cultural heritage, has impacted more than 1,200 residents of this small village in Ararat Province.

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[FAR’s Children’s Center]: At the FAR Children’s Center, 10-Year-Old Aram Learned He Loved to Sing image

Narine Vardanyan said goodbye to Aram Harutyunyan, and once he left the FAR Children's Center's main building tears filled her eyes. "I became so attached to him, that little sweet boy," said Narine, a social worker at the Center, which is a full-service care facility that gives shelter and psychosocial support to Armenia's most vulnerable children.

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR Supports Local Girls Home with Donation image

A big part of our educational work here at FAR focuses on helping youth who have been raised in orphanages. Our Gulamerian Scholarship Program in particular has been a longstanding initiative in this area, as it primarily helps young girls to fund their educations once they age out of institutionalized care at 18. Yet the Gulamerian Program also provides support to local initiatives in other ways. Most recently, the program made it possible to donate a sewing machine to the residents of Mer Doon, an NGO that provides a supportive home to orphaned young women over 18 by ultimately steering them away from a life that might otherwise lead them to live on the streets or turn to prostitution, until they can find their own stable home.

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[FAR Partnerships]: FAR Partner Generously Surprises Students with New School Bags image

Thirteen students started off this school year with a nice surprise: new school bags filled with supplies. The gifts were generously sent to children in the border village communities of Tavush Province by Dr. Areg Mikaelian, co-founder and head of the Armenian Astronomical Society and leading specialist at Armenia's Byurakan Observatory. After his last visit to the region in May when he lectured to the students and teachers in the communities supported by FAR's Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), Dr. Mikaelian was struck by the level of poverty in the area.

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