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[BCPP]: Reaping the Rewards a Green Thumb standard

It was rather unexpected that Arman Ghukasyan, 34, found himself involved in FAR’s Greenhouse Cultivation Promotion Project. His mother Manush was selected to own and run one of the first greenhouses. A hardworking, disciplined and experienced farmer, Manush has always relied on subsistence agriculture as a way to feed and support her family. In addition to the social security assistance she receives from the state, Manush from time to time also receives money from her younger son who is working as a farmer in Russia. The greenhouse project, part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), aims to provide eligible families with an additional source of nutritious food, and a way to earn supplemental income, by providing them ...

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[BCPP]: Another Newly Renovated Kindergarten Reopens its Doors standard

Choratan Village’s Kindergarten on November 12 opened its doors to the 40 students of this small town in Tavush Province, welcoming them into a completely renovated and newly furnished building. Nearly 20 years ago the kindergarten was forced to move from its original facility into the village’s Cultural Center in order to avoid any potential attacks on the Azeri border. FAR joined efforts with Armenian Missionary Association of Australia and the U.S.-based Focus on Children Now to support the school through the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). Focus on Children Now also provided Choratan Kindergarten with some furniture and also renovated the school bathrooms. In 2016, the kindergarten will be equipped with new kitchen furniture and any other missing ...

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[BCPP]: Youth in Focus standard

Two hundred young people participated in October’s Berd City 4K race, which was organized as part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). As the residents of Tavush Province live with a fragile peace each day along the Azeri border, the atmosphere of the villages in this region are typically tense. It is not unusual for the days to be disrupted by cross-border gunfire. The primary purpose of the race was to help the community focus around a collective event, illustrating the positive potential of working in solidarity with one another. The race was also a wonderful opportunity to change the mood of the community, if only for a little while. Narkin Karmiraghbyur resident Gevorg Adamyan , 19, ...

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[BCPP]: Boosting Production, Building Communities standard

Vineyards are big in Tavush Province, particularly in the Berd Region, which is a focus of wine and brandy producers. While they can be lucrative, it takes a much effort to make productivity thrive. “To prevent a downward trend and preserve the region’s rich tradition of viticulture FAR was looking for ways in which it could positively and effectively intervene. As it turned out Pernod Ricard, a French company that owns Ararat Brandy factory in Yerevan and its branch in Tavush, was concerned with the same issue,” said Economic Development Project Manager Eric Baghdasaryan. Through its Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), FAR and Planet Finance, an international development NGO outsourced by Pernod Ricard, developed a partnership through which ...

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[BCPP]: Six More Schools Provided with Better Conditions in Border Tavush Province standard

Fifteen hundred students in Armenia’s Tavush Region can now enjoy newly renovated, newly furnished classrooms and athletic grounds. Just a little over a week ago Berd City residents gathered to officially celebrate the openings of three new sports fields, two vocational classrooms, a kitchen, new bathrooms and a stadium in several local schools, all made possible by the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). Berd’s No. 4 School now has a newly renovated and partially equipped kitchen, a table tennis classroom and a new bathroom. A beautiful new basketball court was gifted to Berd’s No. 3 School, and Berd High School has a new football stadium. Renovations of the outdoor sports grounds and bathrooms were completed for the secondary schools ...

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[BCPP]: BCPP Hobby Groups Pave the Way for Future Artists image

  As FAR’s BCPP (Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program*) expands the number of its hobby groups in the border villages of Tavush Province students are already starting to show great results. The painting hobby class of Aygepar Village, for example, had been operating for just three months before its students held their first exhibition in May. The group is really popular as nearly all of Aygepar’s students attend. Many impressed their parents with creations; Some were even amazed by the artistic talents of their own children. Principal Arev Arzumanyan was also very satisfied with the work of her students. “It is thanks to the diligence and commitment of the group’s supervisor and teacher Siramarg Aydinyan that this group has ...

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[FAR Child Protection]: FAR Commemorates International Children’s Day Around Armenia standard

Celebrations in honor of International Children’s Day started at the FAR Children’s Center where the Ayo! team joined Center staff and the Circle of Friends supporters group for a chalk drawing competition. Afterwards the kids sang and danced, opened presents and ate ice cream and cake. At the end of the day kids participated in group fairytale therapy led by visiting child psychologist Rajni Avagyan, who used storytelling in an interactive way that enabled the children to touch upon the struggles they are facing and also learning about ways to cope. In Tavush, where FAR implements the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP), festivities were also in full swing. Organized by the Berd municipality, various NGOs and foundations, kids ...

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[BCPP]: FAR’s Support Helps to Save one Teenager’s Life standard

Thirteen-year-old Karen Antonyan is able to walk, go to school and play with friends thanks to the attention, care and philanthropy of others. Karen lives in the village of Chinchin in the Tavush Region, and suffers from an illness, which affects his central nervous system. For the last six years he has lived with a cerebral shunt implanted between his brain and his stomach. Last year it clogged unexpectedly, which immediately put Karen’s life at risk. He was rushed to the Surb Astvatsamayr Medical Center in Yerevan where the doctors who performed emergency surgery found they had to replace the shunt completely. Karen lives with his parents, two siblings, and his disabled aunt. Since the family’s sole income is the ...

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