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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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[FAR Yerevan]: Supporting Discourse Through Public Forums image

To support public debate on topics relevant to Armenia today, one of FAR’s most recent initiatives is the facilitation of discussion forums. The first event in the new annual series, held on May 13th, was about the newly launched licensing system for doctors in Armenia. Under these new regulations, in order to receive their professional certification physicians must acquire more than 200 credits through continuous professional development by regularly attending courses, trainings and conferences. Previously, all medical institutions were responsible for passing licensing exams and meeting requirements, which led to decreased motivation and ownership amongst doctors and their own credentials.

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