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[FAR Yerevan]: No Kid Stuff – Scholars Sound Alarm over State of Contemporary Children’s Literature in Armenia. standard

“Feeling that this is a hugely complex genre, our young writers often do not even attempt to create in it. Our children’s language mentality changes every day as slang and improper language enter their lives from the street and through television.” – Eduard Militonyan Via ArmeniaNow.com Armenian children’s writers and literary critics are concerned about the current state of literature targeting children. They appeal to media to raise the concerns and make the public at large aware of the dangers that the lack of proper contemporary literature for kids may pose. Please continue reading here. Credit: ArmeniaNow.com

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[Armenian Life]: Village Life in Armenia – The Little Singing Girl of Zangakatun. standard

Թող մանկությունը վերջ չունենա, Թող աշխարհն էլ նորից մանկանա… May childhood never end, May the world become a child again… Little Alla was singing as she accompanied us on our walk in Zangakatun. Little Alla lives with her namesake, her grandmother Alla Credit: Hripsime Papoyan Alla, 7 years old Zangakatun village, June 2011 Credit: © 2011 FocalChange | By Berg

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[FAR Yerevan]: Sight and Synchronicity. standard

By John Hughes Via ArmeniaNow Sight and Synchronicity: Blindness averted for Armenian “premies”, due to good timing and good medicine Four Armenian babies who might have been blind in a matter of weeks, now have chance at a normal life due to the humanity of some foreign doctors, the dedication of local ones, and to benefactors who may never know the life-changing impact of their benevolence. The infants’ good fortune has come by chance or by providence, but surely is the result of good timing and good intentions. Last week, the Armenian Eye Care Project made one of its semi-annual missions to Armenia, following a schedule established since the project was founded by California ophthalmologist Roger Ohanesian in 1992. Please ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: From “Our Home” To Husband’s Home: Mer Doon Celebrates Another Wedding. standard

Another article about FAR’s Gulamerian Scholar Lusine Hunanyan… By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow Twenty-year-old Lusine Hunanyan carefully puts on her wedding dress, trying to not spoil the festive hairdressing that has been elaborately crafted. Lusine’s friends help, and the wedding white dress finally the excited bride. “We must prove to society that we also can become as good brides, wives and mothers as other girls brought up in common families,” the bride says. Lusine lived at the orphanage in Gavar, Gegharkunik province, since she was 11 years old. After becoming adult, she moved to ‘Mer Doon’ (Our Home) organization in Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin), Armavir province. Here she studied at the Faculty of Law of Echmiadzin Grigor Lusavorich University. Now Lusine is ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: A FAR Gulamerian Scholar and an Armenian Wedding. standard

Twenty-year-old Lusine Hunanyan spent her childhood in the Gavar Orphanage. Through the support of FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship Program, which provides older orphans access to education through tuition coverage and monthly living stipends, Lusine was able to attend Etchmiadzin University. During her studies she lived with “Mer Dun” or “Our Home,” an NGO that provides shelter and support to older orphans who continue their education at the university level. Last Friday, Lusine married Artavazd, the director of a local taxi company. Dozens of people attended the beautiful wedding. Lusine’s Mer Dune “family” came, as did the mayor of Etchmiadzin, the director of Gavar Orphanage, representatives of various ministries, non-profit organizations, and the groom’s entire family. FAR’s Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan also ...

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[FAR New York]: From Jersey to Armenia. standard

The generosity of New Jersey resident and FAR donor John Thomas reached a church full of children in Armenia on Easter Sunday. Orphans, along with children who have lost at least one of their parents, gathered together for worship at the small church in the town of Berd, which is perched near the Azeri border. Among them was Alvina, whose father was killed by an Azeri sniper’s bullet just before she was born. Hers is a story similar to others in this region who lost their fathers during the military conflict with Azerbaijan during the 1990s and its subsequent skirmishes. The history of unrest keeps residents continually living in fear. Yet, for at least one day that fear subsided a ...

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[CSFC]: Safe Connections. standard

About 90 child protection specialists from all over Armenia attended a “Safe Mobile Connection” forum on March 10 about developing ideas and generating tactics to help prevent children from being targeted by fraudulent Internet and phone offers, which can threaten their safety. The conference followed in the footsteps of the creation of the Child Protection Hotline and Helpline Program, which gives children a number to call for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Participants in the forum included representatives from local and international organizations like Child Rights Protection Units from Yerevan and other parts of the country. Among them were Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia and Cristina Roccella, deputy representative of UNICEF-Armenia. Credit: FAR Staff

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[CSFC]: FAR Children’s Centre Circle of Friends Meeting. standard

FAR Children’s Centre Circle of Friends gathered together to generate a series of activities dedicated to the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Center. It is planned to conduct press conferences, a Child Protection Forum, an auction and a concert, an Ambassador’s Day at the Centre, and to induct an International Child Protection Day. Mrs. Arevik Petrosyan (Vice Speaker of Armenia’s National Assembly) who is attending the session of the Circle of Friends for the first time said: “FAR Children’s Centre is doing an amazing work for Armenian children and I’m happy that such a professional team is working here” and added “on behalf of National Assembly I’ll do my utmost to support FAR and the Center in their ...

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[FAR Schools]: Donation Made for Vanadzor Orphanage and Nubarashen Special School. standard

This Christmas, FAR was happy to accept the generous donations of Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Mary Haratounian.   As a result of their generosity, FAR was able to implement some initiatives in the Vanadzor Orphanage as well as the Nubarashen Special School.  Gas Pressure Regulation equipment was purchased for the Vanadzor Orphanage, which should lead to a significant cost savings as well as an improvement in the natural gas supply.  Additionally, a water tank was installed to temporarily supply water to the orphanage kitchen.  At the Nubarashen Special School, FAR purchased  warm winter shoes for the children, and a vacuum cleaner for the school.  These incremental improvements in FAR’s facilities help to keep more children happy and healthy, and we ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: Beneficiary Potraits – John Thomas Gift Distribution Beneficiary – Sevan Poghosyan. standard

By Margarita Piliposyan Sevan Poghosyan is 4 years old, and he lives in the Tavush region with his family.  His family, consisting of his mother and grandparents, lives in a house which has been built only halfway.  The family owns one cow, but does not even have a small plot of land to farm.  The family’s main income is the grandparents’ pension.  Stories like these display how John Thomas’ contributions (see January 5th Story) are much needed in the targeted region.  The Christmas gift pack made Sevan very happy, and FAR is very thankful to donors who give us the opportunity to improve the lives of less fortunate children who live in the more remote regions of Armenia. Sevan with ...

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