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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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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: For One Family, Soup Kitchen Provides Meals as Well as Employment image

Ruzanna Mkrtchyan, 58, exudes excitement each time she enters FAR’s Gyumri Atinizian Senior Center, also known as the Gyumri Soup Kitchen, for her daily meal. “I always come here with sweet childhood memories. We used to attend Christmas parties here when I was a child,” recollected Ruzanna, referring to the times when her dad used to work in the very same building when it was a factory for computer parts.

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