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[CASP]: CASP Stipend Helps One Single Mother to Make Ends Meet image

Silva Babayan, 45, is a single mother with six children who lives in one of the outer districts of Goris, a small city in Syunik Province. Her eldest daughter, Hermine, 22, is married but the rest still live at home with Silva. Twenty-seven-year-old Artyem has trouble with his eyesight. Her younger daughters, Ashkhen, 16, Qristine, 15, and Lusine, 13, are her helpers, and the youngest son, Alik, 8, is the baby of the family.

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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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[Child Protection]: For One Young Girl, Children’s Center is Home Away from Home image

Bright and shining, even sunny, Svetlana (or Sveta, as she is affectionately known to most) is a joy of the FAR’s Children’s Center. This 11-year-old is the only child of a single mother, 35-year-old Gayane Paramazyan. Originally from the Sisian Region, Gayane moved to Yerevan more than 10 years ago. Today, she works as launderer at Yerevan’s Military Hospital and lives in an abandoned train car located in an old industrial park in a far district of Yerevan. Conditions of the train car are as limited as one could possibly imagine with no bathroom or proper kitchen, just some space for two beds. Gayane’s $120 monthly salary isn’t enough for her to afford to rent a better place, so she leans on Center until she can find a solution.

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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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[CASP]: CASP Helps to Fill the Gap for Goris Family image

Eleven-year-old Gor Grigoryan wants to be a professor. He studies hard in school; natural sciences are his most liked subject. “I like experiments very much. Recently, for example, we did an experiment with clay,” he said. His mother Nune Javahiryan quickly jumped in. “One day he came home, immediately put his book bag aside, took a jar and filled it with soil, then placed it in a dark room,” she said. “Then he came to me and explained that he wanted to repeat the experiment with clay that they tried in school.” Gor lives in the town of Goris in Syunik Province with Nune, his sister Nona, and his grandparents. His father Sevada died of blood cancer five years ago. ...

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