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[VOAH]: Long-time Donor Visits VOAH for the First Time image

It was Silva Migirdeyan’s first visit to FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH), a retirement community for 55 low-income seniors. A great supporter of VOAH, Silva was used to getting updates about VOAH’s tatiks and papiks (grandmas and grandpas) via photos and second-hand stories from her uncle Sahan Arzruni, VOAH’s long-time advocate and donor. This was the first time she was finally able to see the project with her own eyes.

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[FAR Partnerships]: Sahan Arzruni’s “Keyboard Conversations” Reaches Across Generations image

Leaning over the black piano, poised with that special tension common to great musicians, Sahan Arzruni opened his performances with poignant chords that reverberated like a tender conversation. These conversations skimmed through six major cities of Armenia and Artsakh: Gyumri, Vanadzor, Berd, Ashtarak, Goris and Stepanakert.

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[VOAH]: Wellness Initiative Brought to the Seniors of Vanadzor Old Age Home standard

Hroush Mehrabyan couldn`t remember the last time she`d had her thyroid checked. “I have not done such a thing for a very long time,” said the 58-year-old resident of Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) as she prepared for a sonogram. She was met with relief. “Everything is all right – normal. You don’t need to worry,” Dr. Irina Kirakosyan said to Hroush, the first patient of 50 she examined during her visit. Conducted by physicians from the Armenian-American Wellness Center, the medical checkups were initiated by Lousia Baghdasaryan, the VOAH liaison from the Women’s Guild Central Council at the Eastern Diocese. Ms. Baghdasaryan even assisted the doctors with their exams; VOAH`s staff nurse Amalya Davtyan also helped to facilitate the ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Beneficiaries Pay a Visit to Vanadzor Old Age Home. standard

By Naira Hambardzumyan Several of FAR’s scholarship program beneficiaries recently paid a visit to the Vanadzor Old Age Home.* They spent part of the day cleaning, painting, tidying up the grounds, and planting trees and rose bushes. During lunch, beneficiaries conversed with the elderly residents of VOAH. These young people were able to get acquainted with the residents’ life stories. One of the young scholarship recipients who is a certified hairdresser washed, cut and styled the residents’ hair. FAR Provincial Doctors Training Program fellows-doctors from Vanadzor performed necessary medical examinations. Students from Yerevan’s Komitas State Conservatory and the Cultural Faculty of the Armenian State Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan organized a concert-competition of national songs and dances, as well. “I am ...

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[VOAH]: UMCOR Programs Presentation at the Vanadzor Old Age Home. standard

By Gayane Gevorgyan In December, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) held a meeting at Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) to present and talk about some of its economic development projects, which include beekeeping, poultry and cattle breeding. Currently VOAH has partnered with UMCOR on a beekeeping project, in which residents are learning how to cultivate their own honey. Representatives from the Yerevan Medical-Psychological-Pedagogical Assessment Center also attended. The presentation was followed by active discussions on each program’s need, effectiveness and sustainability. VOAH director Tigran Kocharyan presented on the beekeeping project, providing data about progress and results “During the very first year our old people tasted high quality honey,” he said. After the meeting Christmas gifts were presented to ...

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