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A Life Transformed by Support and Educational Opportunity standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Alexander Nefedov’s parents abandoned him at such a young age that Gavar Orphanage became his childhood home. Despite a difficult upbringing where he battled loneliness and often felt like an outsider, Alexander managed to maintain his kindness and foster his generous spirit. FAR’s educational programs team who frequently visited Gavar to work with older orphans also took notice of Alexander’snatural curiosity and love of expressing himself through painting early on in his teenage years. At 17, he was eventually awarded a scholarship for FAR’s Gulamerian Vocational Training and Education Program, which provided him tuition and a stipend to go to get his degree. FAR’s investment in his education has paid huge dividends. Alexander graduated Yerevan State Academy ...

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[FAR Partnerships]: Actively Involved standard

Various regularly held seminars for FAR’s scholarship recipients allow them to get to know each other and engage in discussions on topics of common interest around career and leadership. Last month, such seminars were organized and held in partnership with an Education Methodology specialist and Youth Professional Orientation Center consultant Shahane Beglaryan. In addition to cooperating with various organizations in conducting trainings for FAR scholarship beneficiaries at its Yerevan office, the Fund for Armenian Relief also actively participates in conferences and discussions organized within other entities. Thus, on April 24-26, FAR Science and Education Programs Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan took active part in the Pan-Armenian Youth Symposium, organized by the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Diaspora. The topic of the Symposium, ...

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[FAR Yerevan]: The Best Part of My Job standard

Her desk is always stacked with files and papers, but everything is well-organized in her head and reflected on her PC desktop where dozens of folders are most neatly arranged. She is rarely seen outside her office. If she is, that means she is on a business trip in the regions for various home visits, for collecting data on the social conditions of future scholarship recipients, or for signing contracts with them. Most of her daytime is spent in the office, and even though Skype chat could sometimes offer an immediate break between multiple tasks, Outlook is what she checks first. Since July of this year, Mane Khachatryan has been working for FAR as an Assistant to Science and Education ...

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[CASP]: Transparency and Honor standard

Since the beginning of October, members of the FAR staff have been travelling throughout Armenia to distribute stipends to children from the socially vulnerable families within the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). The fall distribution began in the regions of Syunik, Shirak and Tavush. A total sum of 41,600 US dollars was distributed among children from families plagued by financial problems, which were evident during the home visits in those regions. More specifically, 285 children from Syunik, 85 children from Shirak and 51 children from Tavush have so far received a lump-sum payment, which will hopefully somehow ease the daily struggles of their families at the threshold of winter. Mane Khachatryan, a member of the Science and Education Programs Coordination Council, says ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR to Select This Year’s Jerar Nishanian Scholarship Recipients standard

Members of FAR’s Educational Programs Coordination Council recently made home visits to this year’s applicants for the Jerar Nishanian Foundation Scholarship Program in Gegharkunik marz. There, they saw that nearly everyone was living in the same tough conditions, struggling to make ends meet. Yet, despite the fact that all of the applicants are in great need of financial support for their studies, this was the first time ever that most of them had applied for a scholarship. This year more than 50 students from Gavar State University, plus 16 other students from Gavar who study at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction, submitted applications for the 2012-2013 Jerar Nishanian Foundation Scholarship. The Council will select 29 students with the ...

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[CASP]: Children Welcomed Back to CASP Summer Camp. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan More than 80 children recently received a warm welcome back to the Siranush Camp in Yeghegnadzor this summer. Each year children who are either orphaned or growing up in single-parent households are able to spend a few weeks at this summer camp, which is administered by FAR and supported by the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program, a project of the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). This summer children from Shirak, Tavush and Syunik marzes will spend their leisure time at the camp, which is located near the Eghegis River. Their days will be filled with various sports and games; during the evenings they will dance and sing songs ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Mathevosian Scholarship Students Achieve Success. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Last week, on an especially meaningful day, 18 Mathevosian Scholarship beneficiaries received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Many of them graduated with honors, including Zhanna Haroutounian, Sona Hovhannisian and Alexan Avetisian who received their bachelor’s degrees, and Andranik Grigorian, Anna Snkhchian, Lusine Snkhchian and Haykaram Avetisian who completed their master’s degrees. The Mathevosian Program is one of FAR’s first scholarship programs. For the past 16 years it has helped more than 160 students from low-income families access higher education. Five out of the seven Mathevosian students who completed their master’s degrees this year have already found jobs in their fields. Andranik Grigorian successfully graduated from the MFA Diplomatic School and now works at the Ministry of Foreign ...

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[CASP]: CASP Supports a Gyumri Family. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Seventy-year-old Luisa Mardoyan from Gyumri is the only guardian for her grandchildren Luisa, 17, Lusine, 14, and Satenik, 11. “God bless the people who are helping my orphaned grandchildren. I wish them success and happy, long lives. I don’t know what I would do if there was no CASP,” Luisa said. “Although I have spent lots of nights crying, many tough days without or with little food, I have managed to keep my grandchildren with me. Thank God I am raising them with the help of kind people.” Grandma Luiza receives a 25,000 AMD pension plus the 35,000 AMD pension for her three grandchildren. This roughly equates to a monthly income for the whole family of 60,000 ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program Recipient Successfully Defends his Final Project. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan.   Aleqsandr Nefedov is one of FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship Program recipients. Just days ago he defended his final project at the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts. Aleqsandr grew up in Gavar orphanage. Not only is he a great student, but he always lends a helping hand to FAR and has participated in several charitable activities. Aleqsandr helped to shape the children’s playrooms and a recreation center at the FAR Children’s Center. When drawing and pottery groups opened at the Gavar Orphanage and Special School #1, Aleqsandr supported FAR during our work with that project. He is always willing to help those who are in need. When various FAR scholarship program recipients recently paid a visit to ...

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[CASP]: CASP Helps Family Struggling to Make Ends Meet. standard

By Eduard Karapetyan Carmen Haroutunyan was born in the village of Halidzor in the Syunik region. She married Andranik Babayan and moved to his home town of Goris where they and their three children tried to build a life together filled with hope and love. Unfortunately her dreams never came true. Her husband passed away in 2006 when he was 35 years old and everything changed. FAR staff recently met with Carmen earlier this month during the spring 2012 distribution of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipends. “It looked like everything crashed when we suddenly found out that my husband was sick with an incurable disease. The physicians failed to help him and after his death when I ...

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