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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Soup Kitchen Provides Huge Support to Family in Kotayq Province image

Nune Barkhyan and her three children, Levon, 18, Taguhi, 14, and Vardanush, 6, have been going to FAR's Byureghavan Soup Kitchen in Kotayq Province for the past 10 months. Like all of those who attend the kitchens, the family is no stranger to hardship. It is difficult to overcome poverty in Armenian communities like Byureghavan where industrial factories stopped operating after the fall of the Soviet Union, leaving the majority of the population out of work.

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: The Anchor for a Family in Need image

Families like Larisa Muradyan’s depend on FAR’s soup kitchens. Like many soup kitchen beneficiaries their sole income comes from the state poverty subsidy. Larisa, 62, has visited the Nor Nork soup kitchen in Yerevan for the past 15 years. These days she is joined by her daughter Gohar and grandson Daniel. While Gohar receives a disability pension, it is mostly used to cover her medicine. Daniel, 13, also struggles with asthma. His family does all they can to keep him calm in order to avoid the onset of attacks. Daniel is in the eighth grade, and while he studies hard he doesn’t seem to like school much. He has found some inspiration, however, since he started attending church about a ...

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[Soup Kitchens]: For 12 Years, Nor Nork is a Source of Support and Hope image

Nazik Demuryan, 60, has regularly come to the Nor Nork Soup Kitchen in Yerevan since 2004 following a surgery that prevented her from returning to work. Back then, the former Russian language and literature teacher found herself in the hospital for nearly three weeks. Those were very hard times for her, she recalled. It was then that somebody told her about the soup kitchen. “I wrote a letter to FAR from the hospital and asked to include my kids, Aida and Andranik on the list of attendees for their soup kitchen while I was in the hospital. But as you see that period never ended. Myself, my children, and now my three grandchildren are all beneficiaries,” she said. Nazik adopted ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Soup Kitchen Provides Help to a Struggling Family image

For the past 15 years, Amalya Manukyan, 52, has visited FAR’s Yerevan Soup Kitchen with her husband, two sons, and now with her daughter-in-law Anna and grandchildren, Amalya, 5 and Alen, 3. “It is a big deal that these donors have helped to feed all of these people for so many years,” said Amalya, referring not only to FAR but also to long-time soup kitchen supporters the Bay Area Friends of Armenia (BAFA). “It should be registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. As for myself, I am thankful that my family is not hungry due to your help,” said Amalya’s husband Vladimir. Like many soup kitchen beneficiaries Amalya’s family have been through difficult times. Vladimir has struggled with ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: FAR Soup Kitchen is this Family's Most Vital Support standard

One might confuse 17-year-old Nina Ghulyan as a mother of three when she feeds her 1-year-old sister or either of her other two youngest siblings, at FAR’s soup kitchen in Byureghavan. Nina is the oldest of eight children and the primary caretaker of her two brothers and five sisters when her mother works as cleaner in nearby Abovyan, a post-industrial city with a high unemployment rate. Nina’s father remains in Russia where he went to find work but now has no means to return home. Nina is her mother’s only help. She is responsible for everything, including cooking and feeding the others and washing the clothes, which she must do by hand. “The most difficult time is during the winter,” ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Atinizian Center Provides a Community to Those Who Need it Most standard

“You can call me Chocolate Grigoryan. It’s true,” said the beautiful Shogakat Grigoryan, with a sly but sweet smile. “I am made of pure chocolate.” Shogakat, 62, is one of the regulars at FAR’s Atinizian Senior Center in Gyumri. A former nurse, Shogakat has not worked since her husband’s death 6 years ago, making it tough for her to get by. To add to that, she now spends her days and nights alone ever since her only son moved to Russia to ”shape his destiny.” Shogakat’s situation is not unique as the roughly 150 elderly people who frequent the Atinizian Center are also fighting poverty with FAR’s support. Here, they not only receive nutritious daily meals free of charge but also ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: How Can I Survive Today? standard

Many of FAR’s Nor Hajn Soup Kitchen beneficiaries are refugees who fled Azerbaijan during the escalation of the Nagorno Karabakh War during the early 90s. Eighty-two-year-old Roza Karapetyan is one them. Conflict has left a permanent scar on Roza’s life and the lives of her family members. Seeing a photo of herself from long ago causes her to become both angry and desperately sad. “Nothing is left of the Roza I used to know,” she said before naming one by one all of the problems that have broken her soul. She told the story of her husband who was taken as a prisoner of war by Azerbaijan’s forces then returned to his family sick with an illness that eventually killed ...

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