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[FAR Scholarships]: Ahnert’s Student on her Studies and her Female Role Model image

“Nothing happens by chance or luck,” starts Ani with a glimmer in her eyes. “Those who cross our path have a message for us. When I first learned about Margaret Ahnert and her [book] The Knock at the Door while watching the Voice of America, I couldn’t have imagined that five years later I would receive Ahnert’s support through the Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program.”

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[FAR Health Programs]: Syrian-Armenian Doctor Finds Peace in Remote Region of Artsakh image

  After 22 years of а medical career in Qamishli, Syria, Syrian-Armenian Hayk Khacho, 49, decided to move to Artsakh in the beginning of 2016. “When I made the final decision to return to Armenia, I contacted my relatives here, and they told me that there was a lack of doctors in Artsakh. So, I immediately headed to Ishkhanadzor, my new gorgeous and peaceful home,” says the doctor. He is the only family doctor in Ishkhanadzor who accepts more than five patients each day from four nearby communities. Hayk has endured a heartbreaking struggle before arriving in Ishkhanadzor. Hayk was born in Syria. In 1994, he graduated from Yerevan’s State Medical University and returned to Qamishli. For more than 20 ...

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[Child Poverty Reduction]: Greenhouse Enables a Rural Family to Thrive image

  For more than seven years, Lusine Mkhitaryan, 40, and her husband Lego, 44, have lived and raised their family in Burastan – one of the villages of the Ararat Region. A low income and no sustainable job had long become a source of anxiety for the couple, especially with their eldest child Julieta, 18, who has vision problems, for which she receives a meager $33 illness benefit from the state – not enough to cover the cost of her medications or doctor visits. Julieta and her four siblings – Laura, 17, Ashkhen, 16, Saro, 14, Samvel, 5, attend the village school. For many years, the family’s modest income was comprised of a state benefit – $86 (42,000 AMD) and ...

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[FAR Health Programs]: Three Stories, Same Goal: CME as a Tool for Child Protection image

FAR stays focused on child protection not only through its childcare programs but through each and every program and project possible. Health care is no exception and one of the ways FAR inserts child protection into these programs is by including more regional pediatricians in our Continuing Medical Education program (CME) that enables them to learn new skills and update their knowledge to provide better services in the regions of Armenia and in Artsakh.

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[Ayo!]: Gyumri Easter Concert to Say Ayo! to EyeCare image

  On April 18, FAR’s fundraising platform Ayo! together with the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) organized an Easter event with a goal to spread joy and happiness among the elders attending FAR’s Gyumri Soup Kitchen and to raise awareness on the recently launched EyeCare Project. More than 50 elders enjoyed the Easter concert featuring the young students of the Gyumri Octet Music School – with a varied repertoire from Armenian classical music and songs to Armenian folk dances. Arman and Vardanush have been attending the music school for more than two years. Arman, 14, plays the santur: “I have chosen my favorite song – “Anurjner” (Dreams) by our Gyumri composer Khachatur Avetisyan and with my performance, I want to ...

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