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[Child Protection]: FAR Children’s Center to Continue Armenia’s Foster Care Program image

Currently, there are about 3,500 children who inhabit Armenia's orphanages and attend its special schools.* The roots of this situation stem from Armenia's weak system of social protections, the insufficient number of community-based services that are available, and the lack of control mechanisms. But there is a great push to overhaul this system and the FAR Children’s Center is a part of it.

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[CME]: Meeting Highlights Achievements of 2016 and Focuses on What’s to Come image

One of the cornerstones of our Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) is the generosity of the program’s mentors, who are the leading specialists in Armenia’s medical field who volunteer their time to share their knowledge and train their colleagues working in some of country’s more remote regions— typically places with limited resources.

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[FAR Partnerships]: Minnesota Familiy Makes It Possible for Vulnerable Families to Access Healthy Food in the Dead of Winter image

The weeks of New Years and Christmas celebrations are finally over in Armenia and we have returned to the normal pace and routine of everyday life. Yet we wanted to share with you the news that FAR was able to do food distribution over the holidays thanks to the generosity of FAR supporter Mr. Ed Pompeian from Rochester, Minnesota, who made it possible.

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[Child Protection]: Children’s Centers Receive Special Holiday Visits image

The day before Archbishop Khajag Barsamian's visit on December 27th, the kids decided to help with the preparations. First, they accompanied the staff of the FAR Children’s Center on their shopping trip for groceries. Upon their return, they divided into groups to prepare festive dishes. Some of the children took over the hot dishes, the rest did the salads. Another group was responsible for the preparation of cake and sweets.

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[FAR Schools]: Students Enjoy Special Holiday Celebrations image

It’s one of FAR’s traditions to visit the Nubarashen Special School on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the holidays with its students. This is thanks to good friends of ours, Michael and Marie Haratunian and their family, who have provided support to the school for the past three years. The Nubarashen school, which is located in Yerevan, serves children of varying disabilities starting from age 6.

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[FAR Scholarships]: One Gulamerian Scholar 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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