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[CASP]: CASP Provides a Source of Hope for a Baku Refugee’s Family. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Sirun Mirzoyan, 36, and her parents fled from Azerbaijan in 1989 due to ethnic violence. They moved to the small village of Lehvaz in the Syunik Region. Sirun soon married and had two children, Emanuelle and Anahit. It seemed like everything was finally going well when her husband Merujan tragically passed away. Her father passed away shortly thereafter. “It was very difficult in the beginning and I couldn’t find a way out.  I was completely alone with my mother and my two children. I did not have any relatives in the village and I did not know anything about agriculture. The governmental aid was barely enough to cover my expenses for bread,” Sirun said with tears in ...

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[CASP]: CASP Beneficiary Profile: Aida and Karina Voskanyan. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP)  beneficiaries Aida and Karina Voskanyan live in Qajaran, in the Syunik region. Their mother abandoned them when Aida was one and Karina was two years old. After their father and grandfather passed away shortly thereafter, their grandmother Seda became their sole caretaker, supporting them through her work as a teacher. FAR staff recently met with this family when we distributed the spring stipends for CASP. FAR manages CASP, a special program of the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese. “It seemed to me that the world briefly stopped when I found myself alone with my two little grandchildren. I didn’t know what I would do, how would I exist ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Six Young Women Become the First Graduates of the Ester Ajemian Scholarship Program. standard

By Naira Hambardzumyan Recently, the six recipients of FAR’s Ester Ajemian Scholarship successfully defended their master’s theses. These six diligent students hail from various regions of Armenia and they are the first young Armenians to complete their degrees with the assistance of this scholarship, which aims to support aspiring female journalists. Betkhehem Arabyan, who comes from the Javakhk, is now working at the mitq.am news service. Manya Poghosyan from Masis is employed at Tatron.info news service. After graduating from Armenia State Pedagogical University, Satenik Asatryan has returned to the Syunik region to work at a radio station in Kapan. I am currently working at the Information and Public Relations Department of Armenia’s Ministry of Defense. In addition, I’m a correspondent ...

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[CASP]: CASP Helps Family Struggling to Make Ends Meet. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Carmen Haroutunyan was born in the village of Halidzor in the Syunik region. She married Andranik Babayan and moved to his home town of Goris where they and their three children tried to build a life together filled with hope and love. Unfortunately her dreams never came true. Her husband passed away in 2006 when he was 35 years old and everything changed. FAR staff recently met with Carmen earlier this month during the spring 2012 distribution of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipends. “It looked like everything crashed when we suddenly found out that my husband was sick with an incurable disease. The physicians failed to help him and after his death when I ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Mathevosian Medical Residents Assist in Armenia’s Rural Hospitals. standard

Preparing physicians to serve in the rural regions of Armenia is one of the components of the FAR Mathevosian Scholarship Program. According to the contract signed between FAR, various regional administrations, Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU) and YSMU medical residents, young physicians agree to work in regional hospitals upon completing their educations. Surgeon Eduard Bairamyan has been working in Dilijan Hospital, located in the Tavush region, since 2010 and provides his practical support to people. He also works on the hospital’s ambulance and he teaches surgery at Dilijan State Medical College. For several months Davit Smoyan has also worked as a plastic surgeon at Gyumri’s Gyulbenkyan Surgical Hospital. In the next few months three more participants from YSMU will join ...

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[CASP]: Profile – Davit Tsatryan, Aspiring Agronomist. standard

Kajaran is a small town located near a huge copper and molybdenum plant, which first opened during the Soviet period. Today, it’s the source of employment for almost all residents of this town, including Sona Ishkhanyan. Born in 1973, Sona was 21 years old when she married Boris Tsatryan and moved to Tashtun, near Meghri in the Syunik region. Five years later they had their first child Davit, who they named after the Armenian national hero Davit of Sasun. Like the epic hero, Davit was a very handsome baby. He was only 28 days old when his father died from blood cancer and life for his family took an unexpected turn. Without her husband, it was very hard for Sona ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Profile – Tehmine and Rustam Zakharyan. standard

The Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) was launched in Armenia during the 1990s, when the number of victims in the Artsakh War was climbing. It was urgent to help the children of families that had lost their sole breadwinners, and the Women’s Guild of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) decided to start CASP in an effort to assist. In response to their appeals and encouragements, hundreds of families in the USA and Canada lent a helping hand to these needy families. It is extremely fortunate that new benefactors have appeared over time. Yet, the number of applicants has also increased over the years. Since the end of the war, many children like Tehmine and Rustam ...

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