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[GTech]: Generous Donation To GTech. standard

GTech’s group of friends and supports is continuously growing, as more members of the Diaspora become aware of FAR’s unique technology education program. This month, FAR was blessed to have the support of a new donor, Mrs. Shahaspyur Baghdoyan-Baran of Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran visited Armenia with a kind mission; she had decided to make a donation to GTech in memory of her husband John Shukri Baran.  Mr. Baran was born in Syria and spent his entire career, both in Syria and later in America, working as a teacher educating generations of youth.  Regarding GTech, Mrs. Baghdoyan-Baran mentioned, “Initially, I intended to support one of the orphanages of Armenia.  However, I then decided to contribute to an educational institution that ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Potraits – Gor Muradyans. standard

As a nation in transition, many Armenians still feel the effects of the 1988 earthquake.   FAR was happy to come to the aid of one particular child, Gor Muradyans.  Though Gor was not yet born, his story begins when his father’s first wife was killed during the earthquake.  Gor’s father, Mr. Muradyans, was left to care for his two daughters, the older one of whom was called Tatevik.  Tatevik grew up helping her father to take care of her little sister Kristine. Tatevik and Gor At Their Home Credit: FAR Staff A few years passed, and in 1990 Mr. Muradyans remarried, and he and his wife had two children, Armine and Gor.  Things were looking bright for the Muradyans family ...

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[Khandjian Scholarship Program]: Successful Distribution of 2009 Scholarships standard

FAR’s Shirak department recently conducted the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) and Khandjian Program fall distribution for 60 beneficiary children. CASP has been providing financial support to children of the Shirak province since 1993, and the Khandjian family assumed a portion of the sponsorship this year. In 2003 two young men, Sebastien Khandjian and Patrick Sarkissian, traveled to Gyumri together and have supported the city’s people ever since. Patrick is one of the founders of the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech). When Patrick and Sebastien arrived in Gyumri, the energetic and future-oriented young men broke the routine of Gyumri, infusing its atmosphere with contemporary ideas and technologies. Sebastien Khandjian initiated a new program similar to CASP.  Sebastien sponsored three ...

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Beneficiary Potraits – The Karapetyan’s. standard

Due to the difficult socio-economic situation in Armenia, many families leave for Russia during the summer in search of seasonal employment. The Karapetyan’s felt that this year, they had no other choice than to follow this path to keep their family together. The couple’s grandmother usually watched the three children while the Karapetyan’s went to Russia seeking work. However, the grandmother had become too old and found herself unable to properly care for the children. She decided to call FAR’s Homeless Children Center. Today, the children are there spending the summer with other youngsters, and have just returned from summer camp in Hrazdan.

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[FAR Children's Center]: Beneficiary Potraits – The Karapetyan's. standard

Due to the difficult socio-economic situation in Armenia, many families leave for Russia during the summer in search of seasonal employment. The Karapetyan’s felt that this year, they had no other choice than to follow this path to keep their family together. The couple’s grandmother usually watched the three children while the Karapetyan’s went to Russia seeking work. However, the grandmother had become too old and found herself unable to properly care for the children. She decided to call FAR’s Homeless Children Center. Today, the children are there spending the summer with other youngsters, and have just returned from summer camp in Hrazdan.

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Beneficiary Stories – Two Fugitives at FAR’s Nor Natch Soup Kitchen standard

About a year ago, the staff from the Nor Natch Soup Kitchen became extremely worried about the sudden disappearance of two of their regulars. When Nunik and Volodya suddenly reappeared one week later, they admitted they had gotten married. After seeing each other for several years at the Soup Kitchen, their casual talking grew into affection and eventually love!  Today, when asked questions about their union, they still answer with the shy smiles typical of a young newlywed couple.  “Because we both have grown-up children from our previous unions, we still live separately”, Nunik confides, “But we’re happy”.

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Beneficiary Stories – Two Fugitives at FAR’s Nor Natch Soup Kitchen standard

About a year ago, the staff from the Nor Natch Soup Kitchen became extremely worried about the sudden disappearance of two of their regulars. When Nunik and Volodya suddenly reappeared one week later, they admitted they had gotten married. After seeing each other for several years at the Soup Kitchen, their casual talking grew into affection and eventually love!  Today, when asked questions about their union, they still answer with the shy smiles typical of a young newlywed couple.  “Because we both have grown-up children from our previous unions, we still live separately”, Nunik confides, “But we’re happy”.

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: Securing Gohar’s Future. standard

In a novel by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, the King of Salem says: “Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is….there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” A strong young girl, Gohar, despite having been born in a shattered damp temporary house after the 1988 earthquake, persists in working towards her mission and knows that through study, through great learning, it can be fulfilled. But under the strained monetary situation in which her family lives, she faces many obstacles. With the father unemployed and the ...

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[FAR Schools | Octet Music School]: Securing Gohar's Future. standard

In a novel by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, the King of Salem says: “Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is….there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.” A strong young girl, Gohar, despite having been born in a shattered damp temporary house after the 1988 earthquake, persists in working towards her mission and knows that through study, through great learning, it can be fulfilled. But under the strained monetary situation in which her family lives, she faces many obstacles. With the father unemployed and the ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Success in Future Artistic Endeavors standard

By Marina Bazayeva When I entered the Gyumri Aslamazyan Sisters Art Gallery and saw the paintings hanging on the walls, I could not believe that these works had been painted by the little girl standing in the huge hall, almost lost in the crowd of Gyumri beau monde who were wandering around to see the works. The girl with one left hand that produced those pictures is Ophelia, who is also the only Gyumri-based beneficiary of FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship. Ophelia was raised in the Gyumri Children’s’ Home, as her parents abandoned her right at a very young age. All of the emotions from her adolescence could be traced in the pictures: loneliness, and brief moments of joy gradually transforming into ...

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