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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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[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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[CASP]: Support from Holy Cross College standard

Last Spring, the Holy Cross College Armenian Students Association raised $7,500 for a FAR / CASP sponsored summer camp in Gyumri!  With leadership of Ms. Ani Nalbandian, the group of students and professors organized a charitable concert titled “Pour toi Armenie.” Over the years, thanks to the sponsorship of CASP and other organizations, FAR organizes camps for children from socially vulnerable families in the Gyumri and Shirak regions.  Recently, we took a trip to Yeghnajur, the sight of this year’s camp.  Our fatigue immediately disappeared as soon as we saw the shining and happy faces of the 25 campers, all of whom are CASP beneficiaries from Gyumri and Javakhk. They are enjoying a summer filled with trips to Lake Arpi, ...

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[Armenian Life]: Why do we visit Armenia? – Ella Baroyan. standard

By Talene Baroyan Ella Baroyan had visited Armenia briefly in 1998, but a few years later one of her friends approached her with the idea of volunteering at a summer camp held at the Shushi Music School, in one of the ancient cities of Nagorno-Karabagh.  As Ella stepped off the bus in Shushi, she was surrounded by children.  The American counselors’ arrival was a big deal in town and most neighborhood children -campers or not – seemed to know they were coming.  Tugging at her shorts and grabbing her hands, most of them wanted pieces of dzamoon (chewing gum). At first this was a somewhat saddening experience, but it helped Ella to understand the situation she was facing in Shushi. ...

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: Update. standard

A few weeks ago, FAR and Project Smile changed the lives of 54 young Armenians.  At the “Arabkir” Medical Center in Yerevan, 64 surgeries were performed on the 54 patients. The most common surgeries included primary palate repair and lip scar revision. 12 of the patients were from Yerevan, and the remainder traveled from different regions throughout Armenia in order to receive this life-changing surgery.  Though most patients were between one and 26 years old, there were 11 patients less than twelve months of age. FAR and Project Smile work together to bring as many smile as possible to Armenians in need. A happy child after the surgery Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: Update. standard

A few weeks ago, FAR and Project Smile changed the lives of 54 young Armenians.  At the “Arabkir” Medical Center in Yerevan, 64 surgeries were performed on the 54 patients. The most common surgeries included primary palate repair and lip scar revision. 12 of the patients were from Yerevan, and the remainder traveled from different regions throughout Armenia in order to receive this life-changing surgery.  Though most patients were between one and 26 years old, there were 11 patients less than twelve months of age. FAR and Project Smile work together to bring as many smile as possible to Armenians in need. A happy child after the surgery Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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