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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: More than one hundred smiles. standard

Sometimes, it can be hard to come across a smile in Armenia.  This is generally due to difficult social conditions that FAR works to remedy.  However, some children are simply unable to smile, as they are born with the congenital defect of cleft palate or lip. Years ago the “Smile” International Organization was born, allowing doctors to perform operations to fix this condition afflicting children in various countries.  Last October, the project was launched in Armenia, with visiting physicians operating on nearly 50 children from various Armenian regions.  In coming weeks, 50-55 more operations will be performed on beneficiaries from Armenian regions. “These children are also born beautiful as the others. However, only due to this life changing operation their ...

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[YPT Trip] : Another Successful FAR YP Tour standard

FAR’s YP Trip to Armenia is designed to give young Armenian-Americans a chance to visit their ethnic roots, while meeting other young people from across the country and learning about FAR’s work in Armenia.  During this year’s 10 day trip, the group visited the northern and southern regions of Armenia, and even met Vehapar, then Catholicos of All Armenians. The trip takes place thanks to FAR Programs Director Arto Vorperian, who coordinated this year’s 14th annual YP trip to Armenia.  Following each YP tour, most participants have a better understanding of their national identity, and become closer to their country and churches. To these visitors, Armenia is transformed from a city seen on a map into a vibrant locale. Over ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Gyumri, Synonym for Hope. standard

Crossing the Shirak region en route to Gyumri during the summer makes it hard to believe that winter is harsh here. Stretching to the horizon, bright and colorful flowers cover the hills. Here, this is called “Armenian carpet”. Yet, the beauty of the surrounding landscape does not hide the pain suffered by the individuals that I’ve met in Gyumri. A Young Violinist from Octet Music School Credit : Celine Kaladjian Since the earthquake, classes at the Octet Music School have been taking place in prefabs. The talented young artists continue to rehearse during winter, though the temperature drops down to – 30° C.  Playing the violin with mittens or cold stiff fingers would discourage most of us.  However these youngsters ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Gyumri, Synonym for Hope. standard

Crossing the Shirak region en route to Gyumri during the summer makes it hard to believe that winter is harsh here. Stretching to the horizon, bright and colorful flowers cover the hills. Here, this is called “Armenian carpet”. Yet, the beauty of the surrounding landscape does not hide the pain suffered by the individuals that I’ve met in Gyumri. A Young Violinist from Octet Music School Credit : Celine Kaladjian Since the earthquake, classes at the Octet Music School have been taking place in prefabs. The talented young artists continue to rehearse during winter, though the temperature drops down to – 30° C.  Playing the violin with mittens or cold stiff fingers would discourage most of us.  However these youngsters ...

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[GTech] : New Picture Galleries Available. standard

One of FAR’s partners has posted some new photo galleries about recent events at the Gyumri Information Technology Center and the 2009 FAR Young Professionals tour of Armenia. The gallery index page is at: http://leftbrainedgeeks.com/gitc/gallery Three galleries have just been posted: a visit from the Ministry of the Economy and Deputy Prime Minister to the GITC, a student field trip to VivaCell’s headquarters and switching facilities in Yerevan, and the FAR YP tour itself. The FAR YP gallery, we’re proud to say, has some short notes about the tour’s itinerary. Be sure to enlarge your browser’s window or scroll down the page to read the note under each photo. If you have not seen them already, follow the link on ...

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[FAR New York | FAR Events]: Information about Child Protection Public Forum. standard

As a leader in child protection issues, FAR hosted a Child Protection Public Forum at the Children’s Center on Thursday, June 25.  The purpose of the forum was to discuss efforts to mobilize human resources for early identification and early intervention for at-risk children and their families in Armenia.  75 childcare specialists working in various government posts and NGOs attended the forum dedicated to the establishment and promotion of  networking amongst child protection groups.  The forum presented a good opportunity for those present to exchange best practices with respect to child protection. The participants highlighted the importance of familiarity with the organizations and institutions that could be leveraged through partnerships aimed at achieving child protection goals in regions throughout Armenia. ...

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