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© Bijan Twisty http://www.flickr.com/photos/biji/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 On September 11, 2001, there was a quiet breeze and the brightest, bluest fall sky. Suddenly, the unbelievable occurred and the world shed tears together. May the beams, shining high into the night sky at 1 World Trade Center, connect us to all those we lost and to all those who suffered in witness.

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Eurovision and the Power of Musical Identity. standard

Two beautiful sisters with smiling eyes and sparkling smiles carried, with their musical talent, Armenia right upfront onto the international stage. Their voices, smooth as Caucasian obsidian and clear as Aragats mountain streams, mesmerized Eurovision audiences in Moscow as viewers held their phones, ready to text in votes. This was May 2009 and the sisters were Anush and Inga, well-known Armenian folk-pop singers, who meld traditional instruments, dance movements, and stylized costumes with exciting new choreography, upbeat rhythms, and a showmanship that not only enthralls but inspires a desire to join in, their fame and dazzling performance somehow not eliminating their welcoming demeanors. Anush and Inga led Armenia to the finals and won the nation a spot in 10th place. ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Fresh Water in Shahumian standard

After the opening ceremony dedicated to the successful completion of the Arshat Water Rehabilitation Project, we decided to visit the villages to witness some of the results of the project.  We were so happy to notice that a section of the route, which had once been occupied by a line of people waiting for water to carry home, was now empty. The rural residents of the Araratian Valley live comfortably as compared with the residents of other regions of Armenia. The soil is fertile, and ample harvest grounds characterize the area. Shahumyan village, located 5 km far town Artashat, contains a newly-build district of the village, containing houses with beautiful gardens.  However, this village previously lacked a clean water supply. ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Fresh Water in Shahumian standard

After the opening ceremony dedicated to the successful completion of the Arshat Water Rehabilitation Project, we decided to visit the villages to witness some of the results of the project.  We were so happy to notice that a section of the route, which had once been occupied by a line of people waiting for water to carry home, was now empty. The rural residents of the Araratian Valley live comfortably as compared with the residents of other regions of Armenia. The soil is fertile, and ample harvest grounds characterize the area. Shahumyan village, located 5 km far town Artashat, contains a newly-build district of the village, containing houses with beautiful gardens.  However, this village previously lacked a clean water supply. ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: Levon Lachikyan, Press Secretary standard

FAR’s staff is fortunate be blessed with a very diverse talent pool.   Without these individuals, strongly committed to their daily tasks, we would not be able to positively impact the lives of so many Armenians in need.  Therefore, we have decided to start a new thread of articles to present the staff members’ work to our supporters.  Today, please meet Levon Lachikyan, FAR’s Press Secretary in Yerevan. Originally from Gyumri, Levon received his formal education at the State University of Yerevan.  He pursued a career as a lecturer at his Alma Mater and also at Komitas Conservatoire, before becoming an art critic for the newspaper “Azg”.  As Press Secretary at FAR, Levon leverages his previous experience as a journalist in ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Artashat Water Supply Project Brings Safe Drinking Water to Armenia’s Ararat Region standard

For years, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and USAID have been working together to change the lives of less fortunate Armenians. Thanks to USAID funding, FAR has implemented rehabilitation projects in Yerevan, the Shirak region and Nagorno-Karabakh. His Holiness Karekin II,  Marie L. Yovanovitch, and Hovik Abrahamian testing the water during the ceremony. Credit: FAR Staff Back in May, 2007, FAR signed a contract to oversee the implementation of the fourth USAID / FAR joint project, titled “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town and 27 Designated Villages in the Surrounding Area.”  Just a few days ago, this project was successfully completed, improving the water quality in the mentioned cities, and improving access to clean drinking water for nearly ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Artashat Water Supply Project Brings Safe Drinking Water to Armenia’s Ararat Region standard

For years, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and USAID have been working together to change the lives of less fortunate Armenians. Thanks to USAID funding, FAR has implemented rehabilitation projects in Yerevan, the Shirak region and Nagorno-Karabakh. His Holiness Karekin II,  Marie L. Yovanovitch, and Hovik Abrahamian testing the water during the ceremony. Credit: FAR Staff Back in May, 2007, FAR signed a contract to oversee the implementation of the fourth USAID / FAR joint project, titled “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town and 27 Designated Villages in the Surrounding Area.”  Just a few days ago, this project was successfully completed, improving the water quality in the mentioned cities, and improving access to clean drinking water for nearly ...

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[Armenian Life]: Why do we visit Armenia? – Teni Hovanissian. standard

“I didn’t know I could experience such an intense love for something that was not living and breathing.”  These were the words Teni Hovanissian used to describe Karabakh. Teni first traveled to Armenia in 1998, on a Homenetmen (Armenian Diaspora sports and scouting league) camping trip.   Why did Teni go to Armenian?  After attending Armenian school in Los Angeles for most of her youth, she had read a great deal about the culture and monuments of her ancestral land, and she was curious to see them firsthand. During that first trip to Armenia, Teni developed what she herself described as “a deep love and appreciation” for the Armenian culture in its purest form.  Although the culture is rich and the ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – We’ll miss you, Celine. standard

By Levon Lachikyan Prior to her internship at the FAR Yerevan Office, Celine Kaladjian had an opportunity to participate in the FAR Young Professionals’ Trip, which gave her a great opportunity to tour the country with other young Armenians. However, this was not Celine’s first trip to Armenia. Born in Marseilles, France, Celine was raised in an Armenian district of the city. Currently, Celine studies at University of Bordeaux III (France). She first discovered Armenia in stories documented by her great-grandparents, emigrants from Western Region of Armenia in 1922. But only the death of Celine’s grandparents in 2005 motivated her to visit Armenia for the first time. In June 2009, Celine visited Armenia for the second time. On her second ...

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