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[CASP]: A Talented Young Lady Receives CASP Support image

Fifteen-year-old Anna Gabrielyan dreams of becoming a pianist. She has been taking piano lessons for the last three years in order to be able to play as well as her mother, Geghecik and her brother Rafik. Anna also sings beautifully. She has participated in numerous song festivals, most recently in November. She is able to perform songs of different genres but Armenian folk is her favorite. She also loves to dance and paint.

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[Child Protection]: Aragats Camp Provides a Memorable Summer Experience image

For the third year in a row, FAR, with help from the SJS Foundation , has made it possible for many socially vulnerable children, orphans, kids from single-parent families, and Syrian-Armenian refugees, to get the true summer camp experience at Aragats. This year, the camp hosted 138 children from Shirak, Syunik, Tavush, and Ararat provinces, as well as from Yerevan. All of these kids already had FAR’s support through either the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), the FAR Children’s Center, or any of the various programs aimed at helping Syrian-Armenians.

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[VOAH]: Sahan Arzruni Concert Series in Support of VOAH Kicks off in Washington image

Ever since she was appointed by the Women’s Guild Central Council at the Eastern Diocese as liaison to Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH), Louisa Baghdasaryan has embraced her new role with enthusiasm. Her most recent endeavor, a concert held at the Armenian Embassy in Washington, DC, last month raised $2,500 for the facility that 50 low-income elderly call home. “It was wonderful,” she said of the event, where composer and master pianist Sahan Arzruni volunteered to perform for the attendees who packed the room. The sold out concert was followed by a reception that was organized by Daughters of Vartan and the Ararat Avag Society of the St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Washington. Voice of America also covered the show. ...

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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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[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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[CASP]: CASP’s Spring 2011 Stipends Distributed in Javakhk. standard

Javakhk is a region of Georgia highly populated by Armenians. It is rich in tradition, history and heritage. Here, the people are proud. They have a sense of dignity and willingness to live peacefully with the Georgian people, while contributing to the betterment of the country. Recently, FAR staff traveled to this area to distribute the spring stipends donated by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) for the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP).  The trip also provides a chance for staff to get to know the beneficiaries, get familiarized with the social situation in the region, and discuss possible areas for cooperation. Currently, 100 parentless children from Javakhk are included ...

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[CASP]: CASP Reaches More Than 100 Children in Javahkh. standard

Between May 27 and June 3, FAR distibuted stipends through the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) to 102 children in the Javakhk region of Georgia. In Akhalkalak, the distribution was handled at the Vicarage of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and in Ninotsminda at the Surb Sargis Church. Distribution was organized by Lusine Muradyan, Hayr Datev Marukyan, and Hayr Armash, who head CASP efforts in Javakhk. In addition, all of the children received school bag gifts presented by the Women’s Guild of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese). CASP provides stipends donated by members of the Diaspora to Armenian children in need. This support is invaluable, as it enables orphaned or single-parent children to attend school, purchase school supplies, or help feed ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Potraits – Hasmik Gevorgyan. standard

Hasmik Gevorgyan lives with her family in the small town of Meghri, near the Iranian border. Plagued with a poor economy and rampant unemployment, most families in the area have great difficulty making ends meet. Hasmik and her family have struggled for years ever since her father Gevorg was killed in a car accident in 2007. The sole breadwinner of the family, Gevorg left behind seven children, two of who are handicapped. The family lives on the ground floor of a building next to St. Astvadzadzin Church of Meghri and relies entirely on the state’s allowance for the handicapped sons and Hasmik’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend. Hasmik learned about CASP Program in Sunday school. She applied for ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Potraits – Nonna B. standard

Nonna B.’s life has been filled with tragedy. Her father Gor was killed in a car accident on one of Syunik’s twisting roads when she was just three years old. Her mother Hermine then moved in with her parents for extra support. Later, her grandfather was killed in a robbery. Nonna is now 15 and in 9th grade at the Kapan Secondary School. She is also a member of the “Erik Dance” ensemble. This ensemble was recognized as the winner in the Republican competition held in Yerevan in 2008, at which Nona received a nomination as the best dancer of the year. She also takes additional lessons to help refine her skills. Hermine does her best to take care of ...

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