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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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[Armenian Life]: Why do we visit Armenia? – Tarra Kalian. standard

By Talene Baroyan A few summer ago, Tarra Kalian traveled to Armenia with the Armenian Service Program (ASP).  She spent a few weeks traveling around Armenia, and a few weeks volunteering at Camp Siranoush in Yeghenadzor, which is about 2 hours outside of Yerevan. Why did Tarra go to Armenia?  The most honest answer was “because friends were going!!  This was an opportunity to travel to Armenia on a chaperoned trip with people who knew what they were doing, and where they were going.”  Tarra later had a moment of reflection and said that she had attended Armenian church every Sunday during high school, and wanted to see where all of the church traditions were born, as well as the ...

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens] : Beneficiaries Stories – Nairi from Javakhk. standard

Nairi was just a child when she started attending FAR’s Nor Njar Soup Kitchen fifteen years ago. At that time, Armenia was going through some of its darkest years and Nairi’s family was in dire straits. Her brother was particularly disturbed, and would often beat her. One day, the beatings went too far, and Nairi’s vision became severely impaired. She had completely lost vision in one eye, and retained only 40% vision in the other eye. The Soup Kitchen staff, who treated Nairi as though she was their daughter, took her under their wing. Today, the three cooks working in the soup kitchen tear up when they talk about Nairi. She has left FAR’s Nor Njar Soup Kitchen, and has ...

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[FAR Social Services | FAR Soup Kitchens] : Beneficiaries Stories – Nairi from Javakhk. standard

Nairi was just a child when she started attending FAR’s Nor Njar Soup Kitchen fifteen years ago. At that time, Armenia was going through some of its darkest years and Nairi’s family was in dire straits. Her brother was particularly disturbed, and would often beat her. One day, the beatings went too far, and Nairi’s vision became severely impaired. She had completely lost vision in one eye, and retained only 40% vision in the other eye. The Soup Kitchen staff, who treated Nairi as though she was their daughter, took her under their wing. Today, the three cooks working in the soup kitchen tear up when they talk about Nairi. She has left FAR’s Nor Njar Soup Kitchen, and has ...

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: Farewell Event. standard

Last week marked the conclusion of the second stage of Project Smile in Armenia.  As part of Project Smile, visiting health specialists from across the globe came together to help the Armenian community fight cleft lip and cleft palate disorders.  At FAR, we like to say that the new smiles will spread a little more kindness throughout the world! A few weeks ago, those involved in the project’s implementation were invited to a farewell celebration at Arma restaurant in Yerevan.  The initiator and cofounder of the “Smile” Project in Armenia, Madeleine Minasyan – Ispiryan, expressed special thanks to the Fund for Armenian Relief for its dedicated work and successful implementation of the mission. Smile Network International Medical Team Leader Rajbir ...

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