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[BCPP]: Three Years In, Farmers Cooperative Shows Positive Effect on Village Life image

Three years ago in 2015, Andranik Dumanyan happily drove six hours roundtrip to pick up the new wheel tractor that would benefit his village of Artsvaberd in Tavush Province. The tractor, with its attachments suited for plowing, chopping, collecting, seeding, etc., was designed to ease work in the fields. It was the first major purchase of the then newly-established Artsvaberd Agricultural Cooperative. The 46-year-old mechanic, who harvests grass for livestock feed, is able to produce significantly more with the new tractor. Previously, he did all the harvesting manually.

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[FAR Health Programs; BCPP]: Study on Children’s Development to Inform BCPP’s Next Project image

FAR’s health team recently wrapped up a year-long study on the cognitive and mental development of toddlers. The study, which focused on 700 children between nine and 36 months in the Berd Region of Tavush Province, showed that a significant portion—28 percent—struggle with issues related to communication, problem solving, socialization, and both gross and fine motor skills.

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[BCPP]: Course Encourages Young People’s Creativity and Self-Sufficiency Through Woodworking image

“Pomegranates, khachkars, statues, different bowls and jugs—each class we try to craft something new, something innovative. I try to be encouraging and tell my students the old saying that a man who knows how to work with his hands will never go hungry,’” said Sargis Ghevondyan, 24, who has been teaching woodworking in the rural border village of Chinchin for the last four years. The extracurricular course is made possible by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program.

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