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Charitable Trust for Vulnerable Children Established in Memory of Ralph Rafi Hovnanian standard

In 2009, UNICEF defined child poverty as “one of the most acute manifestations of human poverty”. In Armenia, it is one of the most critical problems facing a large portion of the younger generation, particularly in rural areas. Growing up in poverty can lead to malnourishment, it can hinder a child`s development, and it may typically lead to life-long problems. In the wake of UNICEF`s disturbing report, FAR launched the Ararat Child Poverty Reduction Program in 2013 to decrease Armenia`s child poverty rate. Its success has been made possible by FAR supporter Arpine Hovnanian of Evanston, Illinois. Through the provision of targeted assistance to children and their families who are at risk, the program links its beneficiaries with the services ...

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[Armenian Life]: Working for a Better Life on the Border standard

  Being that it’s International Women’s Day we at FAR thought we’d share a video with you about FAR’s Berd Office team, who have operated FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP)* for the past two years. The team’s job is not an easy one, but these seven strong women social workers do their best to help 260 families in the city of Berd and several surrounding villages in Armenia’s Tavush Province. All of these villages are at constant risk from cross-border shooting.     * Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Developing Thriving Communities (BCPP) was founded by the Mardigian Family Foundation through the largest contribution ever made to FAR. BCPP Program is to comprehensively address social, economic, health, ...

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[Armenian Life]: FAR Brings Holidays to the Hearts of Many standard

Even if our FAR staff can’t be by our beneficiaries’ side during each minute of their difficulties, we often gather with them around the table to lovingly and enthusiastically celebrate joyful moments together. Easter is one of the warmest holidays that FAR shares with its beneficiaries. At the FAR Children’s Center, it is always an extra-special occasion. This year, the children actively played traditional Easter games, tasted pilaf with raisins, and challenged their friends to egg competitions – to see whose dyed egg was the strongest. Such interactions are very important for the Center’s socially vulnerable children. They help overcome feelings of isolation while teaching the value of communication, the joy of friendship, and mutual tolerance Dyed eggs and pilaf ...

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[Armenian Life]: A Slice of St. Sarkis standard

While the rest of the world has Saint Valentine to express their love and affection, Armenians have their own special patron — Saint Sarkis, one of the most beloved saints in Armenia. Together with his 14 soldiers he was martyred for the sake of Christian faith. On the night of St. Sarkis Day, on February 14, young people eat salty pies and don’t drink water to encourage dreaming at night. They believe that St. Sarkis, handsome, wearing a gold helmet and armed with a spear, will decide their fate by choosing the person who gives them water to drink in their dreams. This person will become their future spouse. Many also put a plate of flour outside their door because they ...

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[Armenian Life]: Victorious Young Activists standard

Photo by Nayiry Ghazarian, The Armenian Weekly Last month, Yerevan bus stops were taken over by groups of citizens chanting “100!” at every approaching bus. Why?. They were unhappy with a hike in public transportation prices and decided to fight for their society. Bus fare had been raised from 100 AMD (about .25 USD) to 150 AMD (about .40 USD) while trolleybus fare doubled. These activists, mostly made up of youth, thought that making their voices heard would make a difference. They thought that uniting their voices would make a meaningful impact. They thought they could raise awareness of other issues in public transportation – which they did. They even organized a free car service offering free rides to all ...

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[Armenian Life]: Social Dimensions standard

Austrian artist Oliver Ressler has recently made an inquiry into the social setting of today’s Armenia and its people. In his film “Socialism Failed, Capitalism is Bankrupt. What comes Next?” from 2010, he presents open contemplations and an analysis of the current social situation in Armenia. The work addresses democracy as the disguise of the regime, the intersection of government and businesses, corruption as a type of mentality-driven networking, and social classes broken down into the ruling and the ruled. While we do occasionally post items and articles from third parties that may be considered controversial, they do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of FAR.

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