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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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[FAR Health Programs]: Finding Another Way to Better Child Development in Tavush image

Doctor Olga Nazanyan holds a photo up in front of two-year-old Ono. “Hey, Ono. What’s this?” she says. “It’s a bit,” he says, shortening the word for rabbit. “And this one?” “It’s a fly.” (meaning butterfly) Dr. Nazanyan’s questions are part of a new study initiated by FAR’s healthcare team, which focuses on assessing the cognitive and mental development of toddlers (nine to 36 months old), and the ability to shape a child’s perceptual, mental, cognitive, and speech abilities.

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[BCPP]: Virtual Acquaintances in the Diaspora Support FAR Beneficiaries image

A few months ago when Ani Papyan, a social worker at FAR’s Berd office, was contacted via Facebook by Russian-Armenian youth eager to learn more about her job and how she supports people, she couldn’t have imagined the contact leading to much more than the exchange of a few messages. But Ani’s enthusiasm for her work, and her tales of the progress made by the families with whom she serves through FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) initiative proved infectious. After hearing her stories, the young Armenians from Moscow’s Armenian Youth Association also wanted to help vulnerable families living in the border villages of Tavush Province. “I discussed the idea with FAR’s BCPP staff,” said Ani. “We went ...

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[BCPP]: Economic Development Through the Improvement of Rural Infrastructure image

FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is about to close another successful year. Throughout 2015, the project team continued to improve rural infrastructure in Tavush’s border region of Berd. Most recently, FAR collaborated with the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Program, UNDP and the Berd Women’s Resource Center, on the renovation and expansion of the local irrigation system, which now covers 70 hectares of land and enables farmers of Berd region to regularly water their crops with ease. The project has made a difference for Aghvan Matevosyan, who just moved back to his home town of Tavush Village from Yerevan about a year ago when he saw some of the work BCPP was doing. Seeing the potential to make a ...

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[FAR Social Services]: BCPP Aims to Strengthen Bonds Among the Youth of Armenia’s Border Region standard

December 19 was an unprecedented day for the youth of the Berd Region. As part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program, the border village of Nerkin Karmiraghbyur hosted more than 100 young men and women from neighboring Paravakar, Tsaghkavan, Chinari, Chinchin and Tavush villages to discuss the greatest challenges in their communities and brainstorm possible solutions. The dynamic discussion included many topics, which ranged from routine household struggles to broad cultural issues. For the youth who attended, however, the most important goal of the initiative was getting to know each other. Chinari resident Geghecik Vanyan was very impressed with the youth event. “It was joyful. I am so happy we were invited here. I really got a lot ...

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