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[BCPP]: Berd’s Postgraduate in General Medicine Going for Otolaryngology Residency image

Arayik Narinyan’s recollections of the Nagorno-Karabakh war are intertwined with his childhood. “I was a little kid, and we used to hide in the cellar when we heard shelling or bombing. I even remember how the Azeri snipers bombarded the school building,” he says stressing the lack of doctors they had back then.

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[Economic Development]: Boosting Vineyard Cultivation in Armenia’s Border Region image

It all started a year ago when FAR provided funds to a local nursery that specialized in grape cultivation and operated under the cooperative of Varagavan Village in the Berd Region. The support, which was made possible thanks to FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), covered several months of operational costs for the nursery, and helped it to produce locally grown, disease-free grape seedlings which turned out to be half the price of the frequently-used but imported European or Georgian seedlings.

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[FAR Yerevan]: This Year’s Chocolate Bank to Engage U.S. Parishes image

Two years ago a very successful initiative of FAR brought some extra holiday joy to some of the most vulnerable children in Armenia. More than 800 children who live in the dangerous Tavush Region, on the border with Azerbaijan and well within the range of frequent cross-border gunfire, received gifts of candy and chocolate just in time for the holidays. The “Chocolate Bank” initiative, which was organized by FAR’s own Helena Melkonyan and Anna Grigoryan, raised enough money from concerned Armenians in Yerevan to collect more than 500 kilos of sweets for these children from 260 families covered by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). The initiative was a huge success and brought plenty of happiness to some children who really, really needed it.

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