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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Back to City Life. standard

After spending a few days in northern Armenia, the Young Professionals have now returned to Yerevan. Our group is not known for being on time. However, this morning everyone was standing in front of the hotel at 9:00AM. The reason? We were going to meet His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catolicos of all Armenians, in Echmiadzin. Amy and I do not speak Armenian, and yet we were taught the sentence we had to use to address the Catolicos upon meeting him. We intensely rehearsed, hoping there would be no faux-pas. When our group entered the room, we felt very relieved, as we realized that His Holiness Karekin II felt comfortable around young people, and preferred not to ...

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[CASP]: Camp Season Has Begun standard

For three weeks FAR/CASP Summer camps give children from the poorest regions of Armenia an opportunity to engage in sports, games, go on trips to historical places, learn handicrafts, dance, sing, and take nature walks. But most importantly the camps give every child an opportunity to just be a child again… Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) in cooperation with Fund for Armenia Relief (FAR) sent 50 children from the Suyniat Diocese (Meghri, Kapan, Goris & Sisian), to “Siranush” Summer Camp and 22 children from Shirak Diocese and 3 children from Javakhk region of Georgia to Sirak Diocese Summer Camp. Handicraft workshop Credit : FAR Staff Children bidding farewell to CASP/FAR delegation Credit : FAR Staff

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia -Northern Armenia, The Weight of Past. standard

Gyumri was our first stop on the Young Professionals tour of Northern Armenia.  Each of us had images from the earthquake in our minds, but sadly no one expected to see a city still so devastated twenty years later. The charms Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia, are today buried under the remnants of the Soviet Union and a layer of rumble that still remains after the earthquake.  Visiting FAR’s target=_blank>GTech, Soup Kitchen and Music School projects gave us a unique opportunity to gain insight into the hardships of life in Gyumri, and the work that FAR is doing to improve peoples’ lives in the city. Next, we moved on to see Alaverdi, and the monasteries of Haghpat and ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia -Northern Armenia, The Weight of Past. standard

Gyumri was our first stop on the Young Professionals tour of Northern Armenia.  Each of us had images from the earthquake in our minds, but sadly no one expected to see a city still so devastated twenty years later. The charms Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia, are today buried under the remnants of the Soviet Union and a layer of rumble that still remains after the earthquake.  Visiting FAR’s target=_blank>GTech, Soup Kitchen and Music School projects gave us a unique opportunity to gain insight into the hardships of life in Gyumri, and the work that FAR is doing to improve peoples’ lives in the city. Next, we moved on to see Alaverdi, and the monasteries of Haghpat and ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: Musical Support for Salzburg International Medical Seminars. standard

In the main concert hall of Yerevan State Medical University, FARFAA (FAR Fellowship Alumni Organization) Salzburg Group, together with the Yerevan State Medical University and Youth Orchestra of Armenia, held an elegant benefit concert to support Salzburg International Medical Seminars and its Schloss Arenberg center, recently damaged by a fire. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that an Armenian Lounge will be opened in Schloss Arenberg after its reconstruction. Over 450 Armenian physicians have received training from The American Austrian Foundation’s Salzburg Medical Seminars program, which has seen the participation of 10,000 physicians from countries in transition.  Through this program, FAR’s medical program participants gain access to over 1000 faculty members from the leading American medical institutions such ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: Musical Support for Salzburg International Medical Seminars. standard

In the main concert hall of Yerevan State Medical University, FARFAA (FAR Fellowship Alumni Organization) Salzburg Group, together with the Yerevan State Medical University and Youth Orchestra of Armenia, held an elegant benefit concert to support Salzburg International Medical Seminars and its Schloss Arenberg center, recently damaged by a fire. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that an Armenian Lounge will be opened in Schloss Arenberg after its reconstruction. Over 450 Armenian physicians have received training from The American Austrian Foundation’s Salzburg Medical Seminars program, which has seen the participation of 10,000 physicians from countries in transition.  Through this program, FAR’s medical program participants gain access to over 1000 faculty members from the leading American medical institutions such ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – First Glimpse of Yerevan. standard

I was three and a half years old when the earthquake ravaged the north-west part of Armenia.  Because of my young age,  I couldn’t apprehend the notion of time.  One day back in France, feeling very self-confident , I walked up to my grandpa and told him, “Now I understand why you are here. Your parents fled from the earthquake!” Today, while leaving a flower on the genocide memorial, I envisioned the shy smile that my grandpa had on his face and clearly remembered his answer, “No that’s not it,” he said. Visiting the Genocide Memorial was a very emotional moment for all of the Young Professionals in the group, especially for one of the women who had grown up with her great-grandmother telling genocide ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – First Glimpse of Yerevan. standard

I was three and a half years old when the earthquake ravaged the north-west part of Armenia.  Because of my young age,  I couldn’t apprehend the notion of time.  One day back in France, feeling very self-confident , I walked up to my grandpa and told him, “Now I understand why you are here. Your parents fled from the earthquake!” Today, while leaving a flower on the genocide memorial, I envisioned the shy smile that my grandpa had on his face and clearly remembered his answer, “No that’s not it,” he said. Visiting the Genocide Memorial was a very emotional moment for all of the Young Professionals in the group, especially for one of the women who had grown up with her great-grandmother telling genocide ...

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