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[FAR New York]: Sapah-Gulian Family Visits Armenia standard

In July, the chair of the FAR Board of Directors Mr. Randy Sapah-Gulian spent a week in Armenia with his family. During the trip, they visited numerous FAR projects and met a number of FAR beneficiaries to witness first-hand the outcomes of their noble efforts in Armenia. One of the pillars of the trip was a two-day intensive pediatric care course for local healthcare professionals. The course, implemented within the framework of FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program and led by pediatricians and critical care specialists from the U.S., was the inaugural project of the Sapah-Gulian Foundation.  The day before the course began, U.S. Ambassador John A. Heffern welcomed the family, FAR staff, and the U.S. doctors  and expressed his ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Completing the Needlework standard

A cozy, well-kept house not too far from the center of Etchmiadzin stands out in the side panorama of the street. The abode is Mer Doon NGO’s Residence for Young Women. “Mer Doon” is translated as “Our Home,” which reflects the mission of the organization for its beneficiaries. Well-furnished with a warmly-colored interior, the residence currently harbors eight young ladies who are either orphans or come from single-parent households. The girls live here and attend universities in Etchmiadzin. As part of the versatile education provided by Mer Doon, they learn needlework and carpet embroidery. Occasionally, their souvenir products are featured in exhibits and put up for sale. Mer Doon is fully equipped to meet the residents’ needs. This center is ...

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[Armenian Life]: A Woman of Many Talents. standard

I was familiar with Florence Avakian’s name from Armenia’s Azg daily, and from different international newspapers and journals. It was only recently, however, that I had the chance to meet and personally get to know her when she visited Armenia with FAR. It was Florence’s eighth trip to Armenia, and she was here to report on the Toufayan family’s visit to projects they’ve supported in Zangakatun and in Etchmiadzin. Florence was interested in everything about Armenian life – its positive and negative sides, the living conditions of people, etc. Born in New York, Florence speaks brilliant Armenian. “My mother was to blame for it,” she said with a joking smile. “She always made me and my sister speak Armenian at ...

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[FAR New York]: Green is Good – Echmiadzin added to sites of “Green Pilgrimage”. standard

As the Green movement grows, so do its parameters. Now, Etchmiadzin joins the movement’s list of environmentally friendly and sustainable sites. By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow Echmiadzin has joined the network of ten Green Pilgrimage sites of the world. The title was awarded to the town of Echmiadzin and Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin during the Sacred Land Celebration in Assisi, Italy that launched on October 31 and continued through November 2 and was organized by Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) in association with World Wildlife Federation. Please continue reading here. Credit: Nazik Armenakyan via ArmeniaNow

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[FAR New York]: Armenia-20 Years of Independence. standard

News from Etchmiadzin on Independence Day. Via Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) On Wednesday, September 21, a blessing service was held at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan. Present were His Holiness Karekin II, His Holiness Aram I, Armenian President Serge Sargsyan, and Nagorno- Karabagh President Bako Sahakyan. At the conclusion of the service, His Holiness Karekin II delivered a message, reflecting on the 20th anniversary celebration. “The re-establishment of independent statehood is the greatest accomplishment in our national life, which has given us new hopes and has opened new horizons before us,” His Holiness Karekin II said. “Let us build a providential country—one that is vibrant and progressive, illuminated with faith, where care and respect ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Reflections on FAR’s Trip to Armenia. standard

By Debra Ferman The FAR trip to Armenia was a journey back to my cultural and religious roots. The strength of the tour was its unique perspective. The tour participants were young Armenians who had a desire to learn about and see their homeland. Not only did we see the splendors of the past, but we also visited FAR projects that are trying to improve the lives of Armenians in the present. The churches of Armenia were familiar and had inviting Armenian lettering. One highlight was visiting Etchmiadzin, a name that echoes amongst all Armenians who grew up in the church. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Khor Virap, a monastery set against the fabulous backdrop of Ararat Mountain. We ...

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[FAR New York]: Living in Armenia – The Battle of Poverty and Prosperity. standard

This is a great testament to the existing economic disparity in Armenia. Read! By Maria Titizian via Asbarez.com I have had to bear witness to poverty in my homeland more times than I care to remember. I have felt the bitter cold of winter on my back each time I have gone to the village of Vedi for Christmas to visit distant relatives who live there. The same occurred again this year when I made my annual trek to see this family of six who live in conditions that should bring shame on all of us. Please continue reading here. Etchmiadzin, Armenia, 2009 © Sara Anjargolian via Asbarez.com

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