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[FAR Economic Programs | Social Services]: A Gift to Break the Cycle of Poverty standard

The magnanimous gift by benefactors Edward and Janet Mardigian and the Mardigian Family Foundation — one of the largest-ever contributions made to FAR—will allow the humanitarian organization to launch a new initiative — “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Developing Thriving Communities” — aimed at relieving poverty and decreasing its effects on children and families in one of the key provinces in Armenia. With the Mardigians’ generosity behind it, FAR’s new groundbreaking program aims to break the “cycles of poverty” presently handicapping people in Armenia’s Tavush region, and set them on the road to greater self-sufficiency and dignity. Today, even more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tavush still suffers from poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and poor infrastructure. ...

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[FAR Economic Programs | Social Services]: A Gift to Break the Cycle of Poverty standard

The magnanimous gift by benefactors Edward and Janet Mardigian and the Mardigian Family Foundation — one of the largest-ever contributions made to FAR—will allow the humanitarian organization to launch a new initiative — “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Developing Thriving Communities” — aimed at relieving poverty and decreasing its effects on children and families in one of the key provinces in Armenia. With the Mardigians’ generosity behind it, FAR’s new groundbreaking program aims to break the “cycles of poverty” presently handicapping people in Armenia’s Tavush region, and set them on the road to greater self-sufficiency and dignity. Today, even more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tavush still suffers from poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and poor infrastructure. ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: FAR Attends Seminar on Medical Education. standard

The Salzburg International Medical Program of the American–Austrian Foundation (AAF) – Open Medical Institute (OMI) is known for its prominent week-long seminars on medical specializations (cardiology, pediatrics, surgery, etc.). This year AAF/OMI in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) organized the first seminar on medical education, which took place October 16-22nd in Salzburg. An outstanding group of faculty from CHOP, along with 35 fellows from different countries, including the former Soviet Union, eastern Europe, Africa, and the USA, took part in this event. Two members of FAR’s medical team Dr. Gevorg Yaghjyan and myself participated in the seminar, too. The faculty delivered about 20 lectures on key points of medical education, including program design, assessment, feedback, mentoring, etc. ...

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[Armenian Life]: Memories of Zangakatun’s Past. standard

By Hasmik Manukyan Villagers of Zangakatun remember the past fondly. In fact, it is an inseparable part of their lives, as they constantly compare it with what they have now. On a recent visit I collected some facts about the village. Here are some of my favorites: – Culture House, a performing arts center was founded in 1980 and operated until 1982. It has been renovated since then. In 2009, the roof was replaced. The village’s municipal center is now located in one of its two sub-buildings. The other building is usually empty and is now used for the occasional concert or a theater performance. – There used to be a hospital in the village, with a special maternity ward, ...

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[Armenian Life]: Village Life in Armenia – Zangakatun’s Lone Construction Site. standard

During the Soviet years, Zangakatun was one of the most prosperous and beautiful regions of Armenia. The villagers kept themselves busy with cattle breeding and gardening, and the town’s little sewing factory was in continual operation. Seventeen-year-old Heghine Kirakosyan was working at this factory after graduating from high school when Nerses Kirakosyan, who had just returned from the Soviet Army, proposed to her. It was 1985. Nerses had been serving as a non-commissioned officer in a Soviet military unit in East Germany. After marrying Heghine he once again returned to Germany to continue his service. In 1987, their first child Edgar was born. (Their daughter Anush later followed in 1991.) By this time, the collapse of the Soviet Union was ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: Between Two Stones. standard

“Iraqi Armenians continue to live in a closed community as they did before, neither Iraqi nor Armenian, living, as they say in Armenia, “a life between the stones”. But unlike in their previous lives, there is now no more idealized motherland to yearn for. “ – Nazik Armenakyan By Nazik Armenakyan via ArmeniaNow About 16 Iraqi Armenian families live in Darbnik, a village 8km from the capital Yerevan where the population is 90 percent refugees. The village has a history of housing displaced people. In Soviet times it was populated by Azerbaijanis, who then left at the start of the Armenian-Azeri conflict in the 1980s, leaving their village to Armenians who under the same circumstances had fled Azerbaijan. Please continue ...

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