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[FAR Soup Kitchens, VOAH]: The Power of Giving Back Unites Youth and the Elderly image

On April 27, a group of FAR Mathevosian Scholarship Program students from Gyumri, gathered together to clean FAR Gyumri Nishan and Margrit Atinizian Senior Center and the surrounding areas. The results of the hard work that day came as a nice surprise to the elderly beneficiaries when they came in for their daily nutritious hot meal. And students, too, were happy.

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Soup Kitchen Provides Huge Support to Family in Kotayq Province image

Nune Barkhyan and her three children, Levon, 18, Taguhi, 14, and Vardanush, 6, have been going to FAR's Byureghavan Soup Kitchen in Kotayq Province for the past 10 months. Like all of those who attend the kitchens, the family is no stranger to hardship. It is difficult to overcome poverty in Armenian communities like Byureghavan where industrial factories stopped operating after the fall of the Soviet Union, leaving the majority of the population out of work.

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: The Anchor for a Family in Need image

Families like Larisa Muradyan’s depend on FAR’s soup kitchens. Like many soup kitchen beneficiaries their sole income comes from the state poverty subsidy. Larisa, 62, has visited the Nor Nork soup kitchen in Yerevan for the past 15 years. These days she is joined by her daughter Gohar and grandson Daniel. While Gohar receives a disability pension, it is mostly used to cover her medicine. Daniel, 13, also struggles with asthma. His family does all they can to keep him calm in order to avoid the onset of attacks. Daniel is in the eighth grade, and while he studies hard he doesn’t seem to like school much. He has found some inspiration, however, since he started attending church about a ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Soup Kitchen Provides Help to a Struggling Family image

For the past 15 years, Amalya Manukyan, 52, has visited FAR’s Yerevan Soup Kitchen with her husband, two sons, and now with her daughter-in-law Anna and grandchildren, Amalya, 5 and Alen, 3. “It is a big deal that these donors have helped to feed all of these people for so many years,” said Amalya, referring not only to FAR but also to long-time soup kitchen supporters the Bay Area Friends of Armenia (BAFA). “It should be registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. As for myself, I am thankful that my family is not hungry due to your help,” said Amalya’s husband Vladimir. Like many soup kitchen beneficiaries Amalya’s family have been through difficult times. Vladimir has struggled with ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: FAR Soup Kitchen is this Family's Most Vital Support standard

One might confuse 17-year-old Nina Ghulyan as a mother of three when she feeds her 1-year-old sister or either of her other two youngest siblings, at FAR’s soup kitchen in Byureghavan. Nina is the oldest of eight children and the primary caretaker of her two brothers and five sisters when her mother works as cleaner in nearby Abovyan, a post-industrial city with a high unemployment rate. Nina’s father remains in Russia where he went to find work but now has no means to return home. Nina is her mother’s only help. She is responsible for everything, including cooking and feeding the others and washing the clothes, which she must do by hand. “The most difficult time is during the winter,” ...

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Atinizian Center Provides a Community to Those Who Need it Most standard

“You can call me Chocolate Grigoryan. It’s true,” said the beautiful Shogakat Grigoryan, with a sly but sweet smile. “I am made of pure chocolate.” Shogakat, 62, is one of the regulars at FAR’s Atinizian Senior Center in Gyumri. A former nurse, Shogakat has not worked since her husband’s death 6 years ago, making it tough for her to get by. To add to that, she now spends her days and nights alone ever since her only son moved to Russia to ”shape his destiny.” Shogakat’s situation is not unique as the roughly 150 elderly people who frequent the Atinizian Center are also fighting poverty with FAR’s support. Here, they not only receive nutritious daily meals free of charge but also ...

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