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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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[FAR Yerevan]: Beneficiary Potraits – John Thomas Gift Distribution Beneficiary – Suren Grigoryan. standard

By Margarita Piliposyan During a recent distribution of Christmas gifts to children in the Shamshadin region (please see January 5th story), the FAR staff had a chance to visit the homes of two of the beneficiaries, both living in the Tavush region, situated close to the Azeri border.  The conditions in these children’s homes was quite poor.  Today, we will highlight Suren Grigoryan, and tomorrow, we will post a story on another beneficiary, Sevan Poghosyan. Suren Grigoryan is nine years old, and he lives with his mother and grandparents.  He attends school, and is in the fifth grade.  When he is not in school, he enjoys drawing and singing.  He relies on his grandmother to teach him Armenian folk songs.  ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Potraits – CASP Beneficiaries Rafayel and Irina Stepanyan. standard

Rafayel and Irina Stepanyan live with their mother and grandmother in the city of Akhlkalak in Javakhk, Georgia. Their mother works at a shop in town, and earns barely enough to make ends meet. Often, they can’t afford to buy medicine for the children’s ailing grandmother. Irina is in the ninth grade and Rafayel in the fifth grade. Irina is an exceptional student, and hopes to continue her formal education after high school. However, the family’s poverty is quite overwhelming. Rafayel is fond of sports, and enjoys playing football with his peers. With great pleasure, Rafayel and Irina help their mother with all of the housework. The children were elated to receive the CASP stipend, and they express their deepest ...

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[CASP]: Beneficiary Potraits – CASP Beneficiary Katya Galstyan. standard

Katya Galstyan lives with her grandmother and uncle’s family in Javakhk’s Khospio village.  She is 13 years old, and attends high school.  In 2001, Katya’s family left for Russia, in order to find work there. Unfortunately, her father died in 2003, forcing her mother to return back to Javakhk with her two infant daughters.  A year later, Katya’s mother left again for Russia, seeking medical care for Katya’s sister, who suffers from a severe disease affecting her limbs. Katya has not seen her mother in five years.  Her mother is unable to return to Javakhk due to the Russia-Georgia conflict, and therefore works in Russia hardly making a living.  Sometimes, she sends money for Katya.  Katya’s uncle and his wife ...

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[Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program]: Jerair Nishanian Provides Christmas Gifts to Scholarship Recipients standard

For the last few years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has provided a few lucky students with the gift of an education.  Each year, through FAR, the foundation sponsors approximately fifty students who are working towards their degrees at Gavar State University.  Recently, FAR’s Edward Karapetyan and Levon Lachikyan visited Gavar to meet with some of the program’s beneficiaries. Main Building of the Gavar State University Credit: FAR Staff The scholarship recipients, all of whom maintain stellar academic records, gave the FAR staff thank-you notes addressed to the benefactor, in an effort to show their gratitude to Mr. Nishanian.  As a Christmas gift, Mr. Nishanian mandated that his foundation provide each current scholarship recipient 10,000 Armenian Dram as Christmas present. FAR is ...

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[CASP]: Javakhk Distributions Made standard

The most recent distribution for CASP beneficiaries in the Javakhk region was held last month.  An interesting feature of the Javakhk region distribution is that it happens during the harvesting season, when many of the beneficiaries are quite busy cultivating potatoes.  Therefore, the children and their families are available to receive their CASP stipends only after the workday is complete. Father Tatev with CASP Beneficiaries of the Soorp Khatch Church Credit: FAR Staff Vicar Father Babken Salbian from the Javakhk church, Father Armash, Father Tatev and CASP’s Javakhk Program contact Lusine Muradyan were responsible for the 99 cash stipends distributed to the CASP beneficiaries.  FAR thanks these individuals, as well as our generous donors, for their ongoing support. Father Babgen ...

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: Lenten Drive netted $7,500 for Project Smile. standard

The annual Sunday School Lenten Drive of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America netted more than $15,000 in 2009, to be shared equally with FAR’s Project Smile and UNICEF’s anti-malaria bed net campaign. Students put their heart and soul into raising these precious funds, participating in sports-a-thons, Bible verse-a-thons, Easter basket sales, spaghetti dinners, and a host of other personal and community efforts that gave Lenten almsgiving a decidedly 21st-century spin. Especially popular this year were creative posters and custom-designed collection canister Sunday School funds helped launch the Fund for Armenian Relief’s Project Smile two years ago, and this year’s second contribution promises to give an additional boost to the surgical program for children with cleft palates. UNICEF’s ...

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[FAR Health Programs | Project Smile]: Lenten Drive netted $7,500 for Project Smile. standard

The annual Sunday School Lenten Drive of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America netted more than $15,000 in 2009, to be shared equally with FAR’s Project Smile and UNICEF’s anti-malaria bed net campaign. Students put their heart and soul into raising these precious funds, participating in sports-a-thons, Bible verse-a-thons, Easter basket sales, spaghetti dinners, and a host of other personal and community efforts that gave Lenten almsgiving a decidedly 21st-century spin. Especially popular this year were creative posters and custom-designed collection canister Sunday School funds helped launch the Fund for Armenian Relief’s Project Smile two years ago, and this year’s second contribution promises to give an additional boost to the surgical program for children with cleft palates. UNICEF’s ...

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[CASP]: 206 Beneficiaries Receive Financial Stipends standard

In early October, FAR was proud to send its own Margarit Piliposyan along with CASP Program Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan to visit the Syunik region of Armenia.  There, Margarit and Eduard distributed the 100 USD stipends to the 206 beneficiaries of this year’s CASP program. CASP Distribution in Syunik Credit: FAR Staff During the visit, Margarit and Eduard were happy to meet with many of the beneficiaries and their guardians. The 50 beneficiaries who were fortunate enough to take part in the “Siranush” summer camp expressed special thanks to CASP and FAR for their financial support. Margarit and Eduard also visited some beneficiaries in their homes in Meghri. Through CASP (Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program), FAR is able to positively impact ...

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