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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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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Gyumri’s Young Artists. standard

With grace and professionalism, several students at the FAR-sponsored Azad Shishian Octet Music School gave an afternoon recital welcoming the FAR Young Professionals Trip to Gyumri. Being one of the seven young professionals myself, I felt honored that teachers and students alike shared their talents and time with us. As I watched each performer come on stage, my eyes feasted upon a myriad of instruments, both classical (violins, pianos, and flutes, for example) and those traditional to Armenian heritage, like the duduk and kanoon. As I listened to each young musician, the sweet voices of the singers and the nimble fingers of the violinists kept me enraptured and eager to hear more. I, too, play the violin and couldn’t help ...

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Gyumri's Young Artists. standard

With grace and professionalism, several students at the FAR-sponsored Azad Shishian Octet Music School gave an afternoon recital welcoming the FAR Young Professionals Trip to Gyumri. Being one of the seven young professionals myself, I felt honored that teachers and students alike shared their talents and time with us. As I watched each performer come on stage, my eyes feasted upon a myriad of instruments, both classical (violins, pianos, and flutes, for example) and those traditional to Armenian heritage, like the duduk and kanoon. As I listened to each young musician, the sweet voices of the singers and the nimble fingers of the violinists kept me enraptured and eager to hear more. I, too, play the violin and couldn’t help ...

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[CSFC]: Summer Camp in Hrazdan standard

This summer, twenty-six children from FARs Homeless Children Center had the chance to leave Yerevan for the first time for a two-week summer camp vacation in Hrazdan.  The camp, generously financed by the Yerevan City Municipality, hosts numerous groups of children during the summer. It presents a uniquely refreshing opportunity for beneficiaries of the Homeless Children Center to step into a new environment and meet more children.  Three members of the staff remain with the children while they are at camp, in order to promote a stable environment for the children. Happy Faces and New Friendships! Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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

On a recent Saturday evening, I fled the sizzling heat of Yerevan for the countryside near Aparan.  I had decided to go camping near the river with some Armenian, Iranian and French friends. The surrounding scenery was heavenly: vibrant flowers covering the fields and beehives clinging to the hills.  Just as we were packing our things to go back to the city, two men arrived by car, inviting us to a meal and a game of chess. Since we all had to be in Yerevan by evening, we tried to decline their invitation to travel to their homes for dinner. Needless to say, we did not succeed. They packed most of us in their battered car and our one friend ...

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