December 19 was an unprecedented day for the youth of the Berd Region as more than 100 young men and women gathered to discuss the greatest challenges facing their communities.

December 19 was an unprecedented day for the youth of the Berd Region. As part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program, the border village of Nerkin Karmiraghbyur hosted more than 100 young men and women from neighboring Paravakar, Tsaghkavan, Chinari, Chinchin and Tavush villages to discuss the greatest challenges in their communities and brainstorm possible solutions.

The dynamic discussion included many topics, which ranged from routine household struggles to broad cultural issues. For the youth who attended, however, the most important goal of the initiative was getting to know each other.

Chinari resident Geghecik Vanyan was very impressed with the youth event. “It was joyful. I am so happy we were invited here. I really got a lot out of the event. Thanks to FAR we had an opportunity to make contacts and even a few friends. We also learned a lot about the problems young people are facing and I even shared my own.”

The energy at the event was such that it moved participants to organize games and sporting events with each other in the future. They even promised to invite the FAR Berd office, too.