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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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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Living in Barekamoutyoun. standard

I live in the neighborhood around Barekamoutyoun (North-west Yerevan). When one of my Armenian friends first told me he knew of an apartment available in this area, I really didn’t know what to expect.  With a myriad of concrete buildings sprouting from the Earth, this district does not look appealing from the outside. Yet, within the masses of construction, one finds a very happy Armenian community. When you think you’ve reached the end of a street in Barekamoutyoun, there’s usually a small passage that leads you to a quiet area, sort of a city in the city, if you will.  And you forget that you’re in Yerevan: people beat their wool, children play soccer, elderly play backgammon and street vendors ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Living in Barekamoutyoun. standard

I live in the neighborhood around Barekamoutyoun (North-west Yerevan). When one of my Armenian friends first told me he knew of an apartment available in this area, I really didn’t know what to expect.  With a myriad of concrete buildings sprouting from the Earth, this district does not look appealing from the outside. Yet, within the masses of construction, one finds a very happy Armenian community. When you think you’ve reached the end of a street in Barekamoutyoun, there’s usually a small passage that leads you to a quiet area, sort of a city in the city, if you will.  And you forget that you’re in Yerevan: people beat their wool, children play soccer, elderly play backgammon and street vendors ...

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – On the Banks of the Debed River with Sayat Nova and the Young Professionals. standard

“Speak but one word, to say thou art Sayat Nova’s love” cries the last stanza of a love poem from the famous Armenian troubadour’s precious oeuvre of lyric poetry and songs. But how to choose that one word? How to tell him our culture’s love for him only grows stronger more than two centuries later? Five days into the FAR Young Professionals trip, we stood at the grassy hillside of Haghpat monastery squinting across a 5 kilometer gorge on the right bank of the Debed River to glimpse Sanahin from a distance. Here, on this gleaming sunny Sunday we were witness to the passage of this extraordinary man’s life—born in Sanahin village only to die a few kilometers away at ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visits FAR Yerevan office standard

To commemorate the completion of work on the “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town & 27 Designated Villages in the surrounding area” Program, USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visited the FAR Yerevan Office on August 11, 2009. FAR Executive Director Garnik Nanagoulian and USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema Credit : Levon Lachikyan Dr. Cheema met the FAR staff, toured the Yerevan office, and held a detailed discussion with FAR leadership. FAR executive director Garnik Nanagoulian briefly introduced the guest of honor, highlighting the history of FAR and its accomplishments in Armenia over the past 20 years.  A special discussion was held to address preparations for the event to be held on August 26, 2009.  At the end ...

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[FAR Partnerships | USAID]: Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visits FAR Yerevan office standard

To commemorate the completion of work on the “Rehabilitation of Water Supply of Artashat Town & 27 Designated Villages in the surrounding area” Program, USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema visited the FAR Yerevan Office on August 11, 2009. FAR Executive Director Garnik Nanagoulian and USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema Credit : Levon Lachikyan Dr. Cheema met the FAR staff, toured the Yerevan office, and held a detailed discussion with FAR leadership. FAR executive director Garnik Nanagoulian briefly introduced the guest of honor, highlighting the history of FAR and its accomplishments in Armenia over the past 20 years.  A special discussion was held to address preparations for the event to be held on August 26, 2009.  At the end ...

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[CSFC]: Beneficiaries stories standard

Gayane* is seventeen years old.  A few months ago, she knocked at the door of FAR’s Homeless Children Center seeking help.  For several years, she has withstood being abuse by family members.  One day, she decided to change her life. She gathered her courage and left her house without letting anyone know about her plans.  She had nothing to lose and as she saw it, things could only get better for her. And she was right.  She found shelter at the Homeless Children Center, and after a few weeks, she confided to the center’s psychologist that the Center helped her to feel like a respectable adult with a future full of possibilities. Beneficiaries from the Children Center Credit : Celine ...

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