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[VOAH]: Beirut Resident Brings “Santa Shows” to Armenia for Christmas, Inspiring Children and VOAH Residents image

Each Christmas since 2008, Harout Harboyan has donned his Santa Claus costume to entertain kids in his hometown of Beirut with his “Santa Show.” This year, however, Harout, who with his naturally white moustache, sparkling eyes and beaming smile actually resembles Santa Claus, decided to organize such shows for kids in the country of his roots.

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[CASP]: CASP Support Enables One Single Mom to Afford Medical Treatment for her Son image

With help from CASP Taguhi said she will now be able to cover Narek’s treatment for strabismus, or cross-eyes, for which he has to undergo treatment once every four months. “I take him to Yerevan for 10 days for specific vision therapy,” she said, noting that they have to commute every day the roughly two hours from Gyumri because they can’t afford accommodation in the capital, which is expensive and time-consuming.

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[CASP]: CASP Support Helps Five Talented Children image

  Karine, Syuzanna, Lyova, Suren and Nare live with their mother Lusine Kustuzyan in Gyumri. Unemployed, she has to manage to keep the family afloat on $300 per month—the total of her state poverty allowance and the children’s benefits. Karine, 14, is in the 9th grade. She likes to read; her favorite book is the novel “The Grandmother” by Czech writer Bozena Nemcova. Karine also loves to paint. Susanne, 13, is in the 8th grade. Karine and Syuzanna attend dance classes. This year, they took first place in an international dance competition in Georgia. They have also won prizes during their participation in various dance competitions in Armenia. Ten-year-old Lyova is a very active 4th grader. Along with school, he ...

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[FAR New York]: Remembering the Earthquake 30 Years Later image

It was 30 years ago today that a tragic, instantaneous incident permanently altered Armenia. The 1988 earthquake nearly leveled Gyumri and Spitak, killing thousands and destroying homes, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. The devastation of an entire region of the country is still being felt today as nearly everyone in Armenia lost someone (or something) that horrible day.

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