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[Listening to Armenia]: A Brush with Armenian Rock Bands for the Young Professionals standard

In a van leaving Noravank Monastery, we seven Young Professionals traveled in an hour from the 13th Century into the 21st. Greeting us outside our Yerevan hotel was a concert stage, a group of young Armenian rockers, and the bands performing for them. Charles Aznavour Square was transformed by the sounds of jazzy rock rhythms and saxophone expressions from the band Road Movie and the heavy metallic serenades of Dogma, whose lead singer Zara Gevorgyan entwined classic Armenian dance gestures and a silky Eastern voice around the deep Western-born beats energetically strummed off the bass guitar. E.V.A. at Fete de la Musique Credit : Celine Kaladjian In the meantime, a young Armenian, in his 20s sporting a jean jacket quite like ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Beneficiaries Stories, Mariam from Noratus. standard

Thanks to the support of Washington resident Jerair Nishanian, more than 40 children from socially vulnerable families have an opportunity to study at Gavar State University, which was established in 1993 to help educate youngsters around the Gavar and Gegharkunik regions. Mariam Margaryan, born in 1991 in village Noratus (famous for thousands of medieval khachkars), is one of the scholarship recipients. Mariam was 10 years old when both of her parents separately abandoned their family, leaving Mariam and her younger sister Mary in the care of their grandfather and grandmother. Grandfather Sargis is already 82 years old, but his aim is to live long enough to help his grandchildren reach their goals. Mariam with her grandfather and grandmother Credit : ...

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[FAR New-York]: Armenian professionals gathered in New Jersey standard

Two weeks ago, 15 Armenian-American professionals and students convened at Saint Leon Church Hall in Fair Lawn NJ for a high-level planning meeting hosted by the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (www.aesa.org). This is the second New York-area meeting of the California-based AESA, which aims to develop projects in Armenia that will involve hundreds of talented Armenian scientists and engineers in this region. This meeting was convened by three community leaders: Dr. Garo Khanarian of Dow Chemical, Vahan Tanal of Parsons-Brinkerhoff, and A. Nurhan Becidyan, President of United Mineral & Chemical Corp.  Dr. Khanarian spoke of a future career night, where students will get valuable advice from a panel of experienced experts. Engineer Vahan Tanal (center) addresses colleagues and ...

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[FAR PRR]: FAR helps young Diaspora Armenians to discover their own Armenia in a very unique way. standard

For those in the Diaspora, living in multiple cultures is something many Armenian-Americans know well. Despite growing up in America, they have a strong awareness of and attachment to their Armenian roots – even if those roots have crossed through other nations and cultures before reaching the United States. For many Armenian-Americans, stepping foot in Armenia is a way to step beyond these childhood images. It provides a chance to learn who they are, as Armenians. Over 14 years, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) has provided this opportunity to dozens of young Armenian-Americans through the Young Professionals Trip. To read the full release, please click here. Happy Armenian-Americans arrive in Goris Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[ANSEF]: Midterm reports submitted standard

The submission of the 25 ANSEF grantees’ midterm reports has been completed. The leaders of each of the scientific groups have submitted the reports electronically to the ANSEF Research Council as well as the FAR Yerevan Office. After the approval of the submitted midterm reports, the FAR Accounting Department will distribute the second installment of ANSEF grants (2,000 USD was provided to each group). 2010 ANSEF proposals submission is still in process, with an August 31st deadline.

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[FAR PRR]: 20 years on record: FAR has been about changing lives of Armenians standard

More Armenians doctors are offering better care to more people. More Armenian orphans have the chance get an education. More Armenian children who were once neglected or abandoned now have the help and support they so desperately need. More young Armenians have a chance to better their careers. These marks of progress prove that the Fund for Armenian Relief is making a difference to many Armenians . To read the full release, please click here. Kostas and Nadya, two young vulnerable Armenians supported by FAR Credit : FAR Staff

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – Water Pouring From the Sky. standard

With temperatures now reaching 105°F in Yerevan, I welcomed Vardavar Day with open arms.  On Sunday July 18th, buckets of waters were poured all over the capital. Distracted pedestrians, cars with windows left open, and foreigner were specific targets for the childrens’ folly. So I came home drenched, but happy that for once I could walk in Yerevan without zigzagging from tree to tree seeking shade. In ancient times, Vardavar was a pagan celebration honoring the goddess of water. This holiday has been integrated into the Christan calendar, and today it falls exactly 98 days after Easter and has become an important family holiday. On the Saturday before Vardavar, Armenians are at work because the following Monday is a vacation ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – Water Pouring From the Sky. standard

With temperatures now reaching 105°F in Yerevan, I welcomed Vardavar Day with open arms.  On Sunday July 18th, buckets of waters were poured all over the capital. Distracted pedestrians, cars with windows left open, and foreigner were specific targets for the childrens’ folly. So I came home drenched, but happy that for once I could walk in Yerevan without zigzagging from tree to tree seeking shade. In ancient times, Vardavar was a pagan celebration honoring the goddess of water. This holiday has been integrated into the Christan calendar, and today it falls exactly 98 days after Easter and has become an important family holiday. On the Saturday before Vardavar, Armenians are at work because the following Monday is a vacation ...

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