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[FAR Children’s Center]: FAR Children’s’ Center is the Reason why Narine felt Supported and Assertive image

As a teenager, Narine - the name given to protect her identity - has faced burdens that could have staggered many adults. Now, eight months later, she is bold, she is strong, and she is self-confident. The rehabilitation she received at the FAR Children’s Center* has helped Narine to get back on her feet and to integrate into her family again.

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[FAR Child Protection]: A Colorful Perspective from Yerevan to Berd on International Children’s Day image

On June 1, FAR Children’s Center beneficiaries found themselves at the Human Rights Defender’s office. They had been invited there to celebrate International Children’s Day – a day to raise awareness about children’s rights and wellbeing – and were at first shy and a bit overwhelmed by the experience.

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Syunik Becomes Fourth Location to Host Potential Foster Care Families image

Alone, malnourished, and uncared for… In Armenia, there are more than 3,000 children placed in orphanages who have previously suffered the effects of neglect, abuse, and abandonment with no one else to turn to. With this in mind, FAR Children’s Center has pioneered a Foster Care Program aimed to make an impact on the lives of children in need and find them nurturing homes with foster parents.

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[Child Protection]: FAR Children’s Center to Continue Armenia’s Foster Care Program image

Currently, there are about 3,500 children who inhabit Armenia's orphanages and attend its special schools.* The roots of this situation stem from Armenia's weak system of social protections, the insufficient number of community-based services that are available, and the lack of control mechanisms. But there is a great push to overhaul this system and the FAR Children’s Center is a part of it.

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[FAR’s Children’s Center]: At the FAR Children’s Center, 10-Year-Old Aram Learned He Loved to Sing image

Narine Vardanyan said goodbye to Aram Harutyunyan, and once he left the FAR Children's Center's main building tears filled her eyes. "I became so attached to him, that little sweet boy," said Narine, a social worker at the Center, which is a full-service care facility that gives shelter and psychosocial support to Armenia's most vulnerable children.

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Becoming a Family image

Twenty-year-old Artur Avagyan is a long-time member of the FAR Children’s Center “family.” A few months ago when he finished his tour and was released from the army, the first thing he did was return to the Center. "When I left the Children's Center, I was 18. That was an important moment for me. And it is reassuring for me to know that there are people who can back me up and who really care for me. So, when you realize you are not alone you want to fulfil your dreams, not only for yourself but for them as well. When there are people who wait for news from you and who rejoice in your achievements, you feel more obliged. I feel very proud that I managed to meet the expectations of the people who are important to me," said Artur.

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[Child Protection]: For One Young Girl, Children’s Center is Home Away from Home image

Bright and shining, even sunny, Svetlana (or Sveta, as she is affectionately known to most) is a joy of the FAR’s Children’s Center. This 11-year-old is the only child of a single mother, 35-year-old Gayane Paramazyan. Originally from the Sisian Region, Gayane moved to Yerevan more than 10 years ago. Today, she works as launderer at Yerevan’s Military Hospital and lives in an abandoned train car located in an old industrial park in a far district of Yerevan. Conditions of the train car are as limited as one could possibly imagine with no bathroom or proper kitchen, just some space for two beds. Gayane’s $120 monthly salary isn’t enough for her to afford to rent a better place, so she leans on Center until she can find a solution.

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