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[Economic Development]: New Partnership with Orange Armenia to Improve Life in Border Village image

“One Village” is the latest addition to FAR’s program portfolio and another reason to look back on 2015 with pride. Each year, the Orange Foundation selects an organization with which to partner on their “One Village” grant. FAR is this year’s awardee and will implement One Village in the border village of Zangakatun in Ararat Province. The project aims to radically change the life of a selected village through targeted investment in core areas, including economic activity, education, health and irrigation. Zangakatun is a village that has received support from FAR for several years now through the construction of a cold storage unit as part of the town’s burgeoning Agro Business Center, and renovations made to the village’s kindergarten. One ...

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[Economic Development]: Witnessing the Support that Changes Communities standard

Visits from our supporters are always excellent opportunities to witness progress in the field. This summer the FAR Armenia team welcomed loyal donors Hratch and Susanne Toufayan along with their son Greg, who is a member of FAR’s Board of Directors. They started their trip with a visit to Zangakatun in Ararat Province, where Hratch and Susanne were able to see the final improvements made to the town’s kindergarten. Thanks to their generous support, the kindergarten has been undergoing renovations since 2011 and now has a revamped interior, roof and an energy efficient structure, along with a new outdoor playground. Their visit turned into a real celebration for the village as it was a great chance for kindergarten kids, their ...

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[FAR New York]: FAR Board of Directors Tour of Armenia Draws to a Close standard

The final days of the FAR Board Members’ visit have been full of exciting travels. Certain Board Members journeyed to the Zangakatun village, which is famed as the birthplace of the legendary poet Paruyr Sevak and known for its multitude of apple varieties. Members had lengthy discussions with the Center for Agribusiness and Rural Development (CARD) Foundation officials about advancing the financing of the agricultural economy in Armenia. FAR Board Member Greg Toufayan was especially moved to visit Zangakatun, as his family has generously financed the construction of a cooling complex for many fruits, as well as the reconstruction of the Zangakatun kindergarten. The Board also enjoyed touring various sightseeing locations around Dilijan and Lake Sevan. Board Members left Armenia ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: FAR Participates in International Conference on Social Reforms. standard

By Veronika Mkrtchyan FAR, in partnership with Armenia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and several other local and international NGOs, recently helped to carry out an international conference entitled “Social Work in the Context of Current Social Reforms: Reality and Perspective,” which was recently held in Yerevan. Prime Minister Tigran Sarsgsyan delivered an opening speech emphasizing the importance of social reforms and the perspectives of social services. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artur Grigoryan, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Rory Truell, President of the IFSW European Region Nicolai Paulsen, and representatives of international and several local NGOs were also present. FAR also held an exhibit on its educational, child protection and social services projects, ...

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[VOAH]: UMCOR Programs Presentation at the Vanadzor Old Age Home. standard

By Gayane Gevorgyan In December, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) held a meeting at Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) to present and talk about some of its economic development projects, which include beekeeping, poultry and cattle breeding. Currently VOAH has partnered with UMCOR on a beekeeping project, in which residents are learning how to cultivate their own honey. Representatives from the Yerevan Medical-Psychological-Pedagogical Assessment Center also attended. The presentation was followed by active discussions on each program’s need, effectiveness and sustainability. VOAH director Tigran Kocharyan presented on the beekeeping project, providing data about progress and results “During the very first year our old people tasted high quality honey,” he said. After the meeting Christmas gifts were presented to ...

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[Armenian Life]: A Woman of Many Talents. standard

I was familiar with Florence Avakian’s name from Armenia’s Azg daily, and from different international newspapers and journals. It was only recently, however, that I had the chance to meet and personally get to know her when she visited Armenia with FAR. It was Florence’s eighth trip to Armenia, and she was here to report on the Toufayan family’s visit to projects they’ve supported in Zangakatun and in Etchmiadzin. Florence was interested in everything about Armenian life – its positive and negative sides, the living conditions of people, etc. Born in New York, Florence speaks brilliant Armenian. “My mother was to blame for it,” she said with a joking smile. “She always made me and my sister speak Armenian at ...

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[FAR Economic Programs]: FAR Renovates Kindergarten. standard

In May 2011, FAR decided to renovate one of the buildings that make up Zangakatun’s only kindergarten. Construction, which began in June, included the installations of an additional bathroom with hot water, a kitchen, an updated sewage system, a bedroom for between 20 and 25 children, a playroom and a lounge. Also, the building will now be properly heated throughout the winter. As a result of the renovations, the school is now ready to admit three and four year olds starting this month. Recently myself and FAR’s Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan visited Zangakatun to see the results. Thanks to the renovation of this sub-building, the kindergarten admitted another 20 children, bringing the total number of students to 40. Still, there ...

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[FAR Economic Programs]: Construction of the Cold Storage Unit for Zangakatun is Close to Completion. standard

This autumn, the villagers of Zangakatun are looking forward to the completion of the construction of the Cold Storage Unit. After a fruitful harvest season, this storage unit will help them to preserve their produce during the colder months. The construction process is quickly drawing to a close. The employees of Megerian Shin LLC, one of the construction companies at work on the project, have already finished the special inner walls. They are made from fire resistant, foam-plastic panels. Next, Gogi Ltd will construct the roof, walls and doors and also the sewage system. With the help of the Toufayan family, FAR was able to launch the FAR / Toufayan Business Development Support Center two months ago.  Part of this ...

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