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[FAR Child Protection]: A Colorful Perspective from Yerevan to Berd on International Children’s Day image

On June 1, FAR Children’s Center beneficiaries found themselves at the Human Rights Defender’s office. They had been invited there to celebrate International Children’s Day – a day to raise awareness about children’s rights and wellbeing – and were at first shy and a bit overwhelmed by the experience.

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[Gtech]: GTech Community Welcomes Comcast’s Dr. Raffi Shekooian image

Dr. Shekookian’s audience in Gyumri included GTech graduates and professors. They had come to hear the principal engineer of Comcast – one of the largest broadcasting and cable television corporations in the world and a prominent IT think tank. The lectures were organized and supported by the New York-based organization the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America, Inc. (AESA).

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[BCPP/CASP]: Combating Child Malnutrition at Best image

One of the most important objectives of our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is to ensure a better future for Armenia’s children, and BCPP’s malnutrition reduction component is one of the mechanisms FAR uses to reach this goal. It ensures all children at 15 of the kindergartens in Tavush Province receive free and nutritious meals, which contain the essential amount of daily vitamins and minerals.

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[FAR Partnerships]: Sahan Arzruni’s “Keyboard Conversations” Reaches Across Generations image

Leaning over the black piano, poised with that special tension common to great musicians, Sahan Arzruni opened his performances with poignant chords that reverberated like a tender conversation. These conversations skimmed through six major cities of Armenia and Artsakh: Gyumri, Vanadzor, Berd, Ashtarak, Goris and Stepanakert.

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[FAR Scholarships]: Seeds of Hope, Support, and Encouragement image

September 2014 was a turning point in Armine Sahakyan’s life. “I remember attending a university meeting where the representatives of Fund for Armenian Relief announced the Avetis and Arsho Baghsarian Scholarship Program and shared the application instructions,” recalls Armine with excitement. “Looking around and seeing so many students from different departments made me feel uncertain about receiving the scholarship that I wanted so much. Interestingly, a few days after applying, I got a call from FAR to tell me, ‘Congratulations, you won the scholarship.’

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[FAR Schools]: Gyumri’s Octet Concert in Ijevan Celebrates May Holidays image

Last month, a concert at the Ijevan Cultural Palace provided a special treat for the locals. The event celebrated several May holidays important to Armenians: Labor Day (May 1), Victory Day and Shushi Liberation Day (both celebrated on May 9), and the First Republic Day (May 28). More than 30 students from Gyumri’s Octet Music School came together to call for unity and peace through their performances.

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[CASP]: Stipends Making a Difference in the Lives of Vulnerable Children image

Since its inception in 2000, FAR’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP)* has made a tremendous impact on the lives of orphans and children of children single-mothers. It thus promotes the eradication of child poverty in a number of regions in Armenia and Javakhk, Georgia. CASP sponsorship allows children to have access to life-changing benefits until they turn 18, like school supplies and other forms of educational support, everyday essentials like food, clothes, and extracurricular activities, and medical care.

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[FAR Health Programs/BCPP]: Combating Malnutrition in Targeted Communities image

5-year-old Lilit is visibly enjoying her lunch, and even asks for a second helping. She is the oldest of 21 children attending the remote Chinchin kindergarten, and is very chatty - even at lunchtime. Her daily menu consists of a variety of nutritious components necessary for raising healthy kids – vegetables, soup, dairy, fruits, and healthy snacks. The meals are provided free of charge by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), which aims to reduce child poverty and its profound effects on children’s health and growth.

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