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[CASP]: A Sliver of Hope image

Day by day and month by month, poverty has eroded the Ghazaryan family’s hope. Fifty-year-old Galya Ghazaryan had eight children, four boys and four girls, until her daughter Inga died a few years ago in a car accident at the age of 19, shortly after getting married. Inga’s two children now live in Russia with their father and rarely visit their grandmother. Galya’s husband Suren died in 2012 due to cardiovascular problems at the age of 53. And while her other daughter Anna, 25, is married and has three children of her own, she lives far from home. The other six children live with Galya in Armenia’s Syunik Province, where they share the one remaining room of her two-story house, ...

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[FAR CASP]: The Dream of Owning a Computer standard

Armine Tunyan has been raising her three sons on her own for five years now. Armine, Narek, Vahagn, Vahe and their grandmother live in the Hartashen, village of the Goris region in Syunik. The road to Hartashen is almost always foggy and the streets in the village are full of muddy puddles. Everyday when the boys come back from school, they’re muddy up to their knees. Their mother worries not so much about handwashing their clothes as much as she does about not being able to buy them new shoes. As of this year, Narek and Vahe have become beneficiaries of FAR’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). This means that one of many donor families in the U.S. will ...

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[CASP]: Transparency and Honor standard

Since the beginning of October, members of the FAR staff have been travelling throughout Armenia to distribute stipends to children from the socially vulnerable families within the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). The fall distribution began in the regions of Syunik, Shirak and Tavush. A total sum of 41,600 US dollars was distributed among children from families plagued by financial problems, which were evident during the home visits in those regions. More specifically, 285 children from Syunik, 85 children from Shirak and 51 children from Tavush have so far received a lump-sum payment, which will hopefully somehow ease the daily struggles of their families at the threshold of winter. Mane Khachatryan, a member of the Science and Education Programs Coordination Council, says ...

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[CASP]: Children Welcomed Back to CASP Summer Camp. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan More than 80 children recently received a warm welcome back to the Siranush Camp in Yeghegnadzor this summer. Each year children who are either orphaned or growing up in single-parent households are able to spend a few weeks at this summer camp, which is administered by FAR and supported by the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program, a project of the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). This summer children from Shirak, Tavush and Syunik marzes will spend their leisure time at the camp, which is located near the Eghegis River. Their days will be filled with various sports and games; during the evenings they will dance and sing songs ...

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[CASP]: CASP Delivers Support to the Children of Armenia and Javakhk. standard

By Edik Karapetyan The Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is implemented twice a year thanks to the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and FAR’s Armenia country staff. For the 2012 spring distribution, staff traveled to provide stipends to 432 families in Shirak, Syunik and Tavush, along with 100 children in Javakhk. This aid assists these children who are living in extremely difficult conditions. The additional support helps families purchase food, school supplies, clothing and fuel. Thanks to the efforts of the Women’s Guild year by year the number of children who receive CASP stipends is increasing. Currently, the CASP distributions for this fall, which are being implemented by the Araratyan ...

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[CASP]: Another Great Summer at CASP’s Camp. standard

Before we even entered Lucy Camp, we could hear the joyful shouts of children from afar. Groups had already been formed and everyone was preparing for the “Flower Holiday,” the one day each summer when camp children compete in order to give the best presentation on their favorite flower through songs, poems, and folktales. Once we arrived, we started to talk to the children, who shared their impressions of the contest with great excitement. It is the efforts of the Women’s Guild of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) that make it possible for CASP beneficiaries to spend their summer playing, learning and making new friends at the scenic and peaceful Lucy Camp in Yeghegnadzor. This year, ...

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