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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: A Glimpse of Helping the Hungry standard

On September 4, FAR officially opened two soup kitchens in the cities of Byureghavan and Nor Hajn, both located in the Kotayk Region. The kitchens have been operating since the spring and host 300 people – mostly elderly, the disabled and large families – every day thanks to kindness and generosity of the Hacet Family from Louisville, KY, USA. Watch our new video and get a better idea of how these soup kitchens really help those who need it most.

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[FAR Social Programs:] Nurturing Craftsmanship for Schoolchildren in Border Villages standard

From a very young age, 7th grader Gayane Makaryan has loved to watch her grandmother knit. She was always mesmerized watching the needles dart quickly between her grandmother’s nimble fingers, as a pair of socks seemed to magically materialize from the frenetic movements. “As a child, I would have never dreamed that one day I would be able to create something out of thread so quickly. And now it takes me only a few minutes to create beautiful and unique ornaments from different threads,” says Gayane. As of last January, she has been participating in handicraft courses in the Tavush region’s village of Chinari. Gayane’s teacher Varsenik Ordyan says that Gayane is quite talented and very absorbent. She has been ...

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[FAR Social Services]: Happy Families – The Best Feedback standard

Here at FAR, each time we see happy and satisfied families in Armenia, we are reminded of the monumental efforts that FAR’s generous supporters and donors put forth on a regular basis. FAR’s network and community of support grows each day, and the impact is made palpable in myriad ways. One such example occurred when Berd’s Pastor Father Aram Mirzoyan, a very dear friend of FAR, met with families of the Tsaghkavan village. Father Aram spoke to them about family preservation and patriotism, and blessed the village children and their parents with his warmest wishes. The meeting was initiated by the social workers of FAR’s Berd Office that operates within the social component of the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty ...

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[FAR Social Programs]: BCPP Develops the Creativity of Tavush Children standard

Even though Alla Israelyan is only in the seventh grade, she could already be considered the youngest full-fledged artist in Nerqin Karmiraghbyur, a village near the town of Berd. Alla has been drawing since the second grade, but when she began attending FAR’s art classes, she discovered her innate talent and love for painting. “My family didn’t have means for paints, but I find it much closer to my nature to be painting with paints.” Now, Alla spends every minute of her free time with colors. “I love natural colors in the fall. I’m always amazed by the beautiful landscapes in my dear village and the surrounding areas. I try to express my love for nature through very bright colors.” ...

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[FAR Social Programs]: Bringing Fun to the Children of Berd standard

June 1 – International Children’s Day – was a colorful and happy day for children from the town of Berd and surrounding villages. This year, the celebration was filled with a march for the protection of children’s rights, a children’s concert, and an exhibition. Among the participants in the exhibition were children who attended five different handicraft and drawing groups organized through FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program in Tavush. Petrosyan Aspram and Hovakimyan Vardush regularly attend the handicraft classes in Chinari village. With a palpable excitement, they talk about the skills they have already learned with the help of their teacher Mrs. Varsenik. “At first, I didn’t like the classes much, but then Mrs. Varsenik told us how useful ...

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[FAR Social Services | Soup Kitchens]: Social Mission in the Limelight standard

In December 2012, journalists from the Armenian Second TV Channel visited FAR’s Yerevan office for an interview with FAR staff about BAFA Soup Kitchens operated by FAR and FAR’s other social programs. FAR Deputy Country Director Margarit Piliposyan briefed the team on the social programs that have been implemented by FAR since its inception. Afterwards, Soup Kitchens Project Coordinator Rafik Martirosyan and Communications Officer Grigor Ghazaryan accompanied the journalists to FAR’s Nor Hachn Soup Kitchen, where a separate interview was organized with soup kitchen beneficiaries. The footage was included in a TV program called “Urgent Reporting,” that was broadcast on December 22, 2012. You may watch the video below.

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[FAR Social Services | Soup Kitchens]: Social Mission in the Limelight standard

In December 2012, journalists from the Armenian Second TV Channel visited FAR’s Yerevan office for an interview with FAR staff about BAFA Soup Kitchens operated by FAR and FAR’s other social programs. FAR Deputy Country Director Margarit Piliposyan briefed the team on the social programs that have been implemented by FAR since its inception. Afterwards, Soup Kitchens Project Coordinator Rafik Martirosyan and Communications Officer Grigor Ghazaryan accompanied the journalists to FAR’s Nor Hachn Soup Kitchen, where a separate interview was organized with soup kitchen beneficiaries. The footage was included in a TV program called “Urgent Reporting,” that was broadcast on December 22, 2012. You may watch the video below.

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[FAR Social Services | Soup Kitchens]: Taking Action, Raising Awareness standard

Last Friday, FAR’s Nor Nork Soup Kitchen, funded by BAFA, gladly welcomed FAR’s Healthcare Programs Assistant Arin Balalian. Trained as a clinical physician,  he gladly offered medical guidance to the beneficiaries of the soup kitchen. Arin drew the attention of his elderly guests to opportunities within the Armenian healthcare system intended to serve citizens from vulnerable groups before they have to consider costly medical care. “There is certain miscommunication and lack of information among them, so we decided to take action to raise their awareness on the types of medical services that they can benefit from without having to pay, ” said Arin. This complimentary consultation was a significant step in encouraging the disadvantaged to turn to the state-funded healthcare ...

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[FAR Social Services | Soup Kitchens]: Taking Action, Raising Awareness standard

Last Friday, FAR’s Nor Nork Soup Kitchen, funded by BAFA, gladly welcomed FAR’s Healthcare Programs Assistant Arin Balalian. Trained as a clinical physician,  he gladly offered medical guidance to the beneficiaries of the soup kitchen. Arin drew the attention of his elderly guests to opportunities within the Armenian healthcare system intended to serve citizens from vulnerable groups before they have to consider costly medical care. “There is certain miscommunication and lack of information among them, so we decided to take action to raise their awareness on the types of medical services that they can benefit from without having to pay, ” said Arin. This complimentary consultation was a significant step in encouraging the disadvantaged to turn to the state-funded healthcare ...

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[FAR Social Services | Soup Kitchens]: Little Things that Count standard

For many youngsters, the soup kitchen is the place where they meet friends, have dinner, and participate in games and educational activities. It seems that they rarely receive any warmth in the harsh society outside of its walls. In fact, many are often ostracized by their fellows and sometimes feel alienated from their own siblings and family. The soup kitchen becomes a sanctuary for them, a place of education and leisure. But as the winter cold makes its way into the building, chilly weather does not help the children feel at home… That is probably why Roman was crying when we met him after an art class, which is now being organized on a regular basis at FAR’s Nor Hachn ...

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