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[FAR Children’s Center]: Arthur Avagyan’s Story of Love and Gratitude standard

By Sara Khojoyan Recently, a letter from the Armenian Defense Ministry was delivered to the FAR Children’s Center by a courier in uniform. The social worker Rima Harutyunyan who answered the door was surprised and to a certain degree concerned to see the Ministry’s address on the envelope. The Children’s Center cares for Armenia’s most vulnerable children and its staff do not typically interact with anyone from Armenia’s armed forces. Fearing the letter could mean something was wrong with one of the kids, she opened it with hesitation. Her fear was immediately replaced by joy. Lieutenant Colonel K. Serobyan of the Armenian Army was writing to thank the “parents” of 19-year-old Arthur Avagyan for “bringing up a truly patriotic and ...

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[Child Protection]: Twins Find Hope at the FAR Children’s Center standard

Arsen and Naira Pinkhasov, both 14, have already experienced so much hardship in their short lives. Their mother was sentenced to prison for robbery and fraud. She gave birth to the twins in prison and the two spent most of their early childhood years within its walls. Once they turned three they were forced to leave and live with their grandmother. Their tragic start to life left a scar, which, until recently, manifested itself in everything –from their gestures to their language and behavior. For the third time, these siblings have found shelter at the FAR’s Children Center. They previously spent time at the Center during 2013 and 2014, but only for a short while as their abusive and usually ...

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[Child Protection]: Children's Center Celebrates International Volunteer Day standard

Last month, the FAR Children’s Center celebrated International Volunteer Day when a group of Birthright Armenia volunteers spent a morning with the children and also represented the Center at a Volunteer Fair hosted by the UN and UNICEF that same afternoon. Birthright volunteers first learned about the Center’s activities during a tour, after which they saw a play called “Dead City.” Written by one of the Center’s teachers Anna Sargsyan and performed by the kids, it focused on the issue of human disregard toward others, especially those in need. Afterward, children and volunteers played games together, ate lunch as a group, and then played soccer or did art therapy. The day closed with a celebratory cake. The children were so ...

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[Child Protection]: Daycare Service Aims to Provide Early Intervention for At-Risk Children standard

FAR Children’s Center successfully launched its Daycare Service project last year, which has already reached 43 at-risk children from six schools in Yerevan’s Zeytun District. This service is designed to provide children with after school psychological support two or three times a week for early intervention and risk prevention. Children come to the Center at the recommendation of school officials. The risk of school drop out, the tendency of being isolated with few or no friends, bullying, conflict with the law and/or teachers, and even risk of suicide are the problems facing the children currently seeking help through the project. The children visit the Center two or three times per week to receive therapy and other assistance. The project focuses ...

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[FAR Children's Center]: Children’s Center Director Mira Antonyan Honored by Armenia’s Prime Minister standard

FAR Children’s Center Director Dr. Mira Antonyan recently received a medal of recognition for her dedicated efforts and her contribution to the field of social work from Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. She was presented the award during the “We are Together” event held at Yerevan State University, which was dedicated to Armenia’s Day of Social Workers on November 11. Dr. Antonyan, who is also the Yerevan State University Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Technology, has led the Children’s Center for more than a decade. The event brought together more than 500 decision and policy makers, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as students and journalists who celebrated the accomplishments of social workers. The event also ...

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Children’s Center Director Mira Antonyan Honored by Armenia’s Prime Minister standard

FAR Children’s Center Director Dr. Mira Antonyan recently received a medal of recognition for her dedicated efforts and her contribution to the field of social work from Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. She was presented the award during the “We are Together” event held at Yerevan State University, which was dedicated to Armenia’s Day of Social Workers on November 11. Dr. Antonyan, who is also the Yerevan State University Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Technology, has led the Children’s Center for more than a decade. The event brought together more than 500 decision and policy makers, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as students and journalists who celebrated the accomplishments of social workers. The event also ...

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[FAR Child Protection]: Everything for Children standard

The FAR Children’s Center has many friends who care deeply about the plight of struggling Armenian children. The FAR Children’s Center Circle of Friends is a great support group of generous people who are now helping families included in FAR’s Ararat Child Poverty Reduction Program.* In addition to the aid directly provided to families by FAR, the Circle of Friends has supported 23 families in need. Through the Circle’s support, families were able to obtain building materials to improve unsafe and/or unsanitary living conditions, household items, agricultural assistance including seedlings and animals, vocational training, tools, and so much more! The Circle of Friends is a voluntary committee of like-minded individuals and organizations that serve as ambassadors for the FAR Children’s Center. ...

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Curing Through Art standard

Hripsime Papanyan, an art therapist at the FAR Children’s Center works with children every day. With the help of her colleagues, she has served nearly 1,000 vulnerable children yearly who are in need of rehabilitation services. Passionate about both her job and her mission, Papanyan spends six days a week working with children ages 4 to 16. For her, art therapy is both a profession and a form of art in and of itself. What Papanyan likes most is seeing how children’s moods change as they are exposed to art. “For instance, when the children work with play-dough I know they are practicing their motor skills but I can also feel that their anger and anxiety are leaving them; they ...

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Restoring Color to Life standard

Little Milena is six years old, and a new resident at FAR’s Children’s Center. She has temporarily moved to the Center with her brothers to allow their mother to work. From the moment she arrived, Milena has tried at every moment to emulate the older children. Despite her tiny stature, she makes every effort to jump rope faster, climb higher, act more mature…but sometimes her reality catches up with her. It’s clear that Milena misses her mother very much and cannot wait to see her again. It is for Milena and hundreds of other children like her whom FAR’s Children’s Support Center works ceaselessly to provide a nurturing and safe environment. These children’s lives have often become grey due to ...

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[FAR Children's Center]: Restoring Color to Life standard

Little Milena is six years old, and a new resident at FAR’s Children’s Center. She has temporarily moved to the Center with her brothers to allow their mother to work. From the moment she arrived, Milena has tried at every moment to emulate the older children. Despite her tiny stature, she makes every effort to jump rope faster, climb higher, act more mature…but sometimes her reality catches up with her. It’s clear that Milena misses her mother very much and cannot wait to see her again. It is for Milena and hundreds of other children like her whom FAR’s Children’s Support Center works ceaselessly to provide a nurturing and safe environment. These children’s lives have often become grey due to ...

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