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[BCPP]: Berd Hobby Groups Reveal Young Talents image

As thousands of Armenian children packed their bags for summer getaways, our hobby group students find inspiration back at school. With sparkling eyes and beaming smiles, they hurry to class to paint, to learn Armenian folk music and to prepare songs and dances for performances. They especially love exploring topics such as the motherland, religion, sightseeing, favorite cartoons, and animals.

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[FAR Children’s Center]: FAR Children’s’ Center is the Reason why Narine felt Supported and Assertive image

As a teenager, Narine - the name given to protect her identity - has faced burdens that could have staggered many adults. Now, eight months later, she is bold, she is strong, and she is self-confident. The rehabilitation she received at the FAR Children’s Center* has helped Narine to get back on her feet and to integrate into her family again.

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[FAR Health Programs]: FAR Health Programs in Spotlight of 12th Armenian Medical World Congress image

It was made clear during the congress that the healthcare sector in rural and underprivileged areas of Armenia has undergone significant changes in the recent past to increase its impact on the most vulnerable, like preschool children. FAR’s very own Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan – the FAR Health Program Director – attended the Congress and shared FAR’s expertise in both healthcare and continuing medical education. The keystone of his speech during a plenary session were the public health and nutrition programs implemented within the scope of the FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP)* that focuses on the Tavush region.

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[FAR Child Protection]: A Colorful Perspective from Yerevan to Berd on International Children’s Day image

On June 1, FAR Children’s Center beneficiaries found themselves at the Human Rights Defender’s office. They had been invited there to celebrate International Children’s Day – a day to raise awareness about children’s rights and wellbeing – and were at first shy and a bit overwhelmed by the experience.

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[BCPP/CASP]: Combating Child Malnutrition at Best image

One of the most important objectives of our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is to ensure a better future for Armenia’s children, and BCPP’s malnutrition reduction component is one of the mechanisms FAR uses to reach this goal. It ensures all children at 15 of the kindergartens in Tavush Province receive free and nutritious meals, which contain the essential amount of daily vitamins and minerals.

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[FAR Health Programs/BCPP]: Combating Malnutrition in Targeted Communities image

5-year-old Lilit is visibly enjoying her lunch, and even asks for a second helping. She is the oldest of 21 children attending the remote Chinchin kindergarten, and is very chatty - even at lunchtime. Her daily menu consists of a variety of nutritious components necessary for raising healthy kids – vegetables, soup, dairy, fruits, and healthy snacks. The meals are provided free of charge by FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), which aims to reduce child poverty and its profound effects on children’s health and growth.

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[BCPP]: “No Candy, Mom, Get Me Some Thread Instead” image

15-year-old twins Nare and Meline are members of a Chinari hobby group operated by FAR’s “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program” (BCPP)* in the Tavush region. The twins, along with other members of the Chinari and Aygepar hobby groups, recently displayed their handmade works at exhibitions held in their village. The BCPP hobby groups provide much-needed extracurricular activities in the border region and introduce children to a variety of sports and art forms otherwise unavailable to them.

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