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[Child Poverty Reduction]: Greenhouse Enables a Rural Family to Thrive image

  For more than seven years, Lusine Mkhitaryan, 40, and her husband Lego, 44, have lived and raised their family in Burastan – one of the villages of the Ararat Region. A low income and no sustainable job had long become a source of anxiety for the couple, especially with their eldest child Julieta, 18, who has vision problems, for which she receives a meager $33 illness benefit from the state – not enough to cover the cost of her medications or doctor visits. Julieta and her four siblings – Laura, 17, Ashkhen, 16, Saro, 14, Samvel, 5, attend the village school. For many years, the family’s modest income was comprised of a state benefit – $86 (42,000 AMD) and ...

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[Child Poverty Reduction]: Seminar Furthers Medical Knowledge of Rural Healthcare Providers image

The continuous training of local healthcare staff is one of the important parts of FAR healthcare initiatives, as we always seek ways to strengthen local capacity. As part of the healthcare component of FAR’s Child Poverty Reduction Program, FAR recently organized a seminar for 50 local pediatricians and rural family physicians. This was the first healthcare seminar initiated through the program since it started in YEAR? and topics, which were chosen based on previous discussion and identification of knowledge gaps with local healthcare providers, focused on neonatal conditions, diagnosis of lymph nodes, and children’s headaches.

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[FAR Health Programs]: Child Poverty Reduction Program Betters Quality of Life for Two Young Men image

Fifteen-year-old Hamlet Kumrikyan is a quiet yet happy young boy, but he has struggled with physical disabilities since childhood. When he would walk he would limp, sparking ridicule from the others at school. He would fall when he tried to run with his schoolmates due to his foot problem as he tried desperately to keep up. The bones in his foot are malformed and while he had dealt with the issue since birth, it never got any easier for him. And his mother could never afford a medical exam, thus the possibility of corrective surgery was always out of the question. A single mother, Lyudmila Kumrikyan, 57, has never been able to secure a job or steady income in the small village of Noramarg where the two live.

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