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 parents and other residents to meet their benefactors and express their gratitude. Some even prepared a welcoming ceremony complete with songs, dances, poems and speeches.

The Toufayans also traveled to the Tavush and Armavir regions. In Tavush, they became acquainted with the achievements and ongoing activities of the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). In Berd City, Varagavan, Chinchin and Tavush villages, Greg met with community leaders and beneficiaries, visiting project greenhouses, renovated schools and the region’s newly constructed irrigation system.

In Armavir, they also visited the village of Yervandashat where farmers are developing a more lucrative dried fruit trade made possible by the new storage, preservation and package facilities built with their support. Thanks to the new machinery, which was constructed this year, Yervandashat farmers will be able to produce and sell twice as much dried fruit than in previous years.