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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Gyumri’s Young Artists. standard

With grace and professionalism, several students at the FAR-sponsored Azad Shishian Octet Music School gave an afternoon recital welcoming the FAR Young Professionals Trip to Gyumri. Being one of the seven young professionals myself, I felt honored that teachers and students alike shared their talents and time with us. As I watched each performer come on stage, my eyes feasted upon a myriad of instruments, both classical (violins, pianos, and flutes, for example) and those traditional to Armenian heritage, like the duduk and kanoon. As I listened to each young musician, the sweet voices of the singers and the nimble fingers of the violinists kept me enraptured and eager to hear more. I, too, play the violin and couldn’t help ...

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Gyumri's Young Artists. standard

With grace and professionalism, several students at the FAR-sponsored Azad Shishian Octet Music School gave an afternoon recital welcoming the FAR Young Professionals Trip to Gyumri. Being one of the seven young professionals myself, I felt honored that teachers and students alike shared their talents and time with us. As I watched each performer come on stage, my eyes feasted upon a myriad of instruments, both classical (violins, pianos, and flutes, for example) and those traditional to Armenian heritage, like the duduk and kanoon. As I listened to each young musician, the sweet voices of the singers and the nimble fingers of the violinists kept me enraptured and eager to hear more. I, too, play the violin and couldn’t help ...

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[CSFC]: Summer Camp in Hrazdan standard

This summer, twenty-six children from FARs Homeless Children Center had the chance to leave Yerevan for the first time for a two-week summer camp vacation in Hrazdan.  The camp, generously financed by the Yerevan City Municipality, hosts numerous groups of children during the summer. It presents a uniquely refreshing opportunity for beneficiaries of the Homeless Children Center to step into a new environment and meet more children.  Three members of the staff remain with the children while they are at camp, in order to promote a stable environment for the children. Happy Faces and New Friendships! Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Armenian Hospitality. standard

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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[FAR Schools]: Congratulations to New Graduates of the Ounjian School! standard

July 3rd was a special day at the Ounjian School in Gyumri. That day, thirteen proud graduates were able to celebrate their special day in the presence of Mr. Ounjian himself, who warmly congratulated the students for their work. The Ounjian School in Gyumri was destroyed during the earthquake in 1988. It was rebuilt in 2000 by FAR thanks to Armenian-American benefactor Dr. Ounjian. The building continues to undergo renovations and now has a brand new gymnasium. Diploma Distribution by Dr. Ounjian Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Beneficiaries Stories – Janik from Nor Nchaj. standard

Janik, 69 years old, visits FAR’s Nor Nchaj Soup Kitchen every day. The story of his difficult life is written on his wrinkled face. At an age when people should retire and live in decency, Janik lives on the street. When he shares his story, he looks at you with very pale blue eyes: sadly, he is becoming blind. Minor surgery would restore his vision before he loses it entirely, but he has no pension and his stiff legs prevent him from working. Today, the Soup Kitchen is Janik’s last share of humanity, last hope to survive. At FAR, we are doing all we can to help the elderly of our Armenian communities live out their last days with peace ...

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens]: Beneficiaries Stories – Janik from Nor Nchaj. standard

Janik, 69 years old, visits FAR’s Nor Nchaj Soup Kitchen every day. The story of his difficult life is written on his wrinkled face. At an age when people should retire and live in decency, Janik lives on the street. When he shares his story, he looks at you with very pale blue eyes: sadly, he is becoming blind. Minor surgery would restore his vision before he loses it entirely, but he has no pension and his stiff legs prevent him from working. Today, the Soup Kitchen is Janik’s last share of humanity, last hope to survive. At FAR, we are doing all we can to help the elderly of our Armenian communities live out their last days with peace ...

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