Archive for May, 2009


[Armenian Landscapes]

May 29, 2009

Kapan Lake


Credit : Levon Lachikyan


[FAR New York]: The 2008 FAR Annual Report is Ready for Download.

May 29, 2009

Please accept our deepest appreciation for your continuous support of FAR and contributions to the programs that brighten the lives of our underprivileged brothers and sisters in Armenia, Karabagh and Javakhk.

To take a journey through our 2008 Annual Report, click here and download the full brochure.


[Event]: Margaret Ahnert Discusses New Genocide Book in Washington, DC

May 27, 2009

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author of The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide, spoke about her book on April 15, 2009 at the Armenian embassy in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Fund for Armenian Relief and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the United States, the author discussed her book with a sizable crowd of friends of the Armenian community, including former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans. Ahnert was pleased with the attendance and graciousness of both FAR and the Armenian Ambassador to the U.S., Tatoul Markarian. “FAR does wonderful things in Armenia and it is a commendable organization,” said Ahnert.

Book signing by Margaret Ahnert


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In The Knock at the Door, Ahnert tells her mother Ester’s story about surviving the brutality of the Armenian Genocide and her eventual escape to the United States. The author was honored recently as the recipient of the Distinguished Humanitarian Award, and is also winner of the 2008 New York Book Fair Award for Best Historical Memoir.

Tatoul Markarian, Armenian Ambassador to the USA

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[CSFC] : UNICEF Representatives Visit the Children’s Center

May 26, 2009

Friday, May 22nd – Ms. Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, and Mr. Hayk Khemchyan, a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF-Armenia, visited FAR’s  Homeless Children Center.  In an effort to learn about the Center’s operation and evaluate its condition, the UNICEF representatives toured the Center and spent time with the children.  Most importantly, the Center Director met with the UNICEF representatives to generate new ideas for further collaboration between FAR and UNICEF, so that FAR may continue to serve the needs of underprivileged children in Armenia.

Mr. Khemchyan (on the left) and Ms. Moshiri (on the right) are welcomed by Mira Antonyan at Homeless Children’s Center


Credit : FAR Staff


FAR Young Professionals 2009 Tour to Armenia – Reception and Presentation

May 24, 2009

Join Us at a Reception to Learn More About FAR’s Upcoming Young Professionals Trip to Armenia

Have the opportunity to get first-hand information from former YP participants, learn more about Armenia, and make new friends.

The Fund for Armenian Relief will hold a reception to provide more information about its Young Professionals Trip to Armenia. This event will take place on April 23 at 7:00 pm at the Zohrab Center, located in the Diocesan Complex in New York City.

The two-week trip, which is open to young professionals between the ages of 23 – 40, will take place from June 8 – June 22, 2009. During their time in Armenia, participants will visit historic sites such as Holy Etchmiadzin, Noravank monastery and the Genocide Memorial. They will also meet with religious and government leaders, including His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II and the new Minister of Diaspora, Hranoush Hakobyan.

The evening will consist of a presentation of the trip from YP Alumna Natalie Gabrelian and FAR’s Project Director, Arto Vorperian, as well as reflections of the trip from other former participants.

Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For more information and RSVP please email or visit us on Facebook.

– Arto.


Armenian Landscapes

May 22, 2009

This new thread of pictures will take you to the most beautiful places of Armenia. Please, remain seated and start travelling with us ….

En route from Goris to Sisian

goris sisian

Credit : Levon Lachikyan


[YPT] : Getting Ready to Fly to Armenia

May 22, 2009

Thursday April 23rd was a special evening for alumni and friends of FAR’s Young Professionals (YP) Trip to Armenia.  Approximately 50 people gathered at the Zohrab Center in NYC for a reception and presentation on this year’s trip, which will take place from June 9 – June 23, 2009. The YP trip is a great opportunity for Diaspora Armenians to reconnect to their cultural roots.  Over the course of two weeks, participants will visit historic sites (Holy Etchmiadzin and Noravank monastery to name a few) as well as meet with national leaders.

Signing up


Credit : Celine Kaladjian

Notable quotes from the event:
Executive Director Garnik Nanagoulian gave a brief description of FAR and the programs it supports, and provided some color with respect to the trip.  “This trip is not to show you the best of Armenia or only what we want you to see. We each have our own Armenia. This is an eye-opening trip that lets you discover or rediscover Armenia,” said Nanagoulian.

Natalie Gabrellian, a trip alumnus, shared some of her awe-inspiring photos which provided great entertainment.  “It was truly hard to say goodbye to good food, good fun and good friends,” said Gabriellian concluding her presentation.

Natalie Gabrellian

blog pic
Credit : Celine Kaladjian

Rafi Hovsepian, a YP trip alumnus from 2001, commented on the countryside of Armenia.  “They have a traditional Armenian warmness, kindness and hospitality,” said Hovsepian. “When we visited the villages in the countryside, people did not see us as tourists, but Armenians from other parts of the world who came to visit Armenia because we did not forget about them.”

Rafi Hovsepian


Credit : Celine Kaladjian


[CSFC] : Beneficiaries Stories, the Hovanesyan Family

May 22, 2009

The story begins like this: Nearly 15 years ago, during Armenia’s most destitute times, Mr. Arto Hovanesyan* received an opportunity to work and live in the Ukraine. After selling the apartment in Yerevan, the Hovanesyan family moved to the Ukraine, and life for Mr. Hovanesyan, his wife and six children was good. However, the whole family missed Armenia and wanted to return.

A year ago, with the downturn of the global economy, Mr. Hovanesyan lost his job. The dire situation initiated the return to Yerevan. Glad to be back, the family needed help to resettle in Armenia. After being directed to FAR’s Children’s Support Center, the Hovanesyan family was given a small property in Artsakh (Karabagh), as well as the necessities required to get the family back on its feet.

Today, thanks to FAR, members of the Hovanesyan family can live happily in their native Armenia.

* For reasons of privacy the name has been changed.


[View From an Armenian Window]

May 21, 2009

Gyumri, May 15th 2009 at 6:00 PM


Credit : Charles Guenec


[CSFC] : Short-term Sanctuary and Assistance Program

May 21, 2009

This week, children benefiting from FAR’s Short-term Sanctuary and Assistance Program at the Children’s Support Center visited Haghtanak Park and Zeytun Park, as well as attending a theatrical performance. Regular programs like this are a well deserved change from the hard reality that many of the children, now in the care the FAR Children Center, faced in their past.

FAR’s Children’s Support Center hotline continues to receive calls from Armenian families in search of assistance with everything from basic needs such as a shelter, to more specific needs such as caring for children with special issues. The Center’s staff continues to take measures in response to these calls: a specialist is assigned to each case, and meetings with each child’s guardian are scheduled on a weekly basis with the hopes of improving family circumstances.  Beyond contending with more serious family issues, the center provides an opportunity for underprivileged Armenian children to leave their stresses behind and enjoy childhood as children in the developed world do.