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[FAR Partnerships]: Sahan Arzruni’s “Keyboard Conversations” Reaches Across Generations image

Leaning over the black piano, poised with that special tension common to great musicians, Sahan Arzruni opened his performances with poignant chords that reverberated like a tender conversation. These conversations skimmed through six major cities of Armenia and Artsakh: Gyumri, Vanadzor, Berd, Ashtarak, Goris and Stepanakert.

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[FAR Schools]: Gyumri’s Octet Concert in Ijevan Celebrates May Holidays image

Last month, a concert at the Ijevan Cultural Palace provided a special treat for the locals. The event celebrated several May holidays important to Armenians: Labor Day (May 1), Victory Day and Shushi Liberation Day (both celebrated on May 9), and the First Republic Day (May 28). More than 30 students from Gyumri’s Octet Music School came together to call for unity and peace through their performances.

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[Ayo!]: Gyumri Easter Concert to Say Ayo! to EyeCare image

  On April 18, FAR’s fundraising platform Ayo! together with the Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) organized an Easter event with a goal to spread joy and happiness among the elders attending FAR’s Gyumri Soup Kitchen and to raise awareness on the recently launched EyeCare Project. More than 50 elders enjoyed the Easter concert featuring the young students of the Gyumri Octet Music School – with a varied repertoire from Armenian classical music and songs to Armenian folk dances. Arman and Vardanush have been attending the music school for more than two years. Arman, 14, plays the santur: “I have chosen my favorite song – “Anurjner” (Dreams) by our Gyumri composer Khachatur Avetisyan and with my performance, I want to ...

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[FAR Schools:] Friends of Gavar Special School Make Big Changes Happen image

One of the best parts of our work are the compassionate supporters whose dedication knows no bounds. They inspire us, day after day, year after year. In continuation of their years of previous support, the Friends of Gavar Special School of New York accomplished a great deal in 2016. They funded the renovations of the school’s roof, five new dorm rooms, and the kitchen and cafeteria for which they also purchased new equipment.

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[FAR Schools]: Students Enjoy Special Holiday Celebrations image

It’s one of FAR’s traditions to visit the Nubarashen Special School on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the holidays with its students. This is thanks to good friends of ours, Michael and Marie Haratunian and their family, who have provided support to the school for the past three years. The Nubarashen school, which is located in Yerevan, serves children of varying disabilities starting from age 6.

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[FAR Schools]: Daniel Varuzhan Continues its Quest to Improve image

Each year when we make our visits to Daniel Varuzhan School No. 89 in Yerevan, we witness positive changes and learn more about the inspiring programs they want to implement with the goal of making their school even better. This most recent visit last month was no exception. A newly renovated and furnished concert hall, a renovated and redesigned gym to be used as assembly hall for motivational talks, and the purchase of a color printer and audio equipment were all made possible due to FAR’s support to the school this year.

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[FAR Partnerships]: FAR Partner Generously Surprises Students with New School Bags image

Thirteen students started off this school year with a nice surprise: new school bags filled with supplies. The gifts were generously sent to children in the border village communities of Tavush Province by Dr. Areg Mikaelian, co-founder and head of the Armenian Astronomical Society and leading specialist at Armenia's Byurakan Observatory. After his last visit to the region in May when he lectured to the students and teachers in the communities supported by FAR's Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), Dr. Mikaelian was struck by the level of poverty in the area.

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