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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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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Yerevan Disconnected from the Web. standard

On July 13th, I went, as usual, to FAR’s Yerevan office to begin my day’s work.  However, on that particular day, we had no electricity and therefore no Internet.  After an hour, I realized that all hope was lost and I decided to go on a hunt through Yerevan for Internet. After dropping by my fiancé’s office, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get a connection in the downtown area.  Therefore, I decided to go to some internet cafes outside of Yerevan’s city center. But alas, still no internet. I was told “it happens!” in a very matter-of-fact way. Yerevan is not New York: in Yerevan, if you lose internet, you don’t worry about it.  You just ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Yerevan Disconnected from the Web. standard

On July 13th, I went, as usual, to FAR’s Yerevan office to begin my day’s work.  However, on that particular day, we had no electricity and therefore no Internet.  After an hour, I realized that all hope was lost and I decided to go on a hunt through Yerevan for Internet. After dropping by my fiancé’s office, it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get a connection in the downtown area.  Therefore, I decided to go to some internet cafes outside of Yerevan’s city center. But alas, still no internet. I was told “it happens!” in a very matter-of-fact way. Yerevan is not New York: in Yerevan, if you lose internet, you don’t worry about it.  You just ...

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[GITC]: Congratulations to Graduates! standard

A generation of new Armenian technologists, some of whom are aspiring webmasters and others who are aspiring chip designers, recently graduated from GITC (also known as GTech) in Gyumri. Opening with traditional Armenian dances, the ceremony was held in the Gyumri movie theatre.  M. Aram Hajian, dean of the engineering college of the American University in Armenia (AUA), delivered a speech emphasizing that the newly graduated students are the future of Gyumri. Aram Hajian During his Speech Credit : Celine Kaladjian Jason Paul Kazarian, director of GITC, delivered a few remarks before distributing diplomas to the proud students. The ceremony concluded with the graduates, dressed in cap and gown, throwing their caps in the air and letting out bursts of ...

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[FAR Health Programs | CME]: New Participants expected. standard

After a month of meetings with top Armenian-American physicians in the United States, FAR’s Health Programs Coordinator Hambardzum Simonyan has ensured the Continuing Medical Education program is back in full swing. Four provincial doctors from the northern regions of Lori, Tashir and Stepanavan will begin their month-long CME training Yerevan medical centers and at the Yerevan University Hospital. The participants – Narine Azatyan and Aida Grigoryan of Vanadzor, Ruzanna Marikyan of Stepanavan, and Gohar Anakhasyan of Tashir – will join the other graduates of the CME program who have enhanced their skills to better serve the Armenian people. Orientation Meeting for the New Participants Credit : Levon Lachikyan

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