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[FAR PRR]: Little Hearts: Two Armenian-Americans create documentary about child protection in Armenia

September 15, 2009

By Simone Paklaian and Alexa Sapah-Gulian

As two high school students living in Connecticut, we usually spend our summers on Cape Cod scooping ice cream. This summer, however, was different. We decided to go to Armenia to volunteer at FAR’s Child Protection Center and also create a documentary to develop awareness about child welfare.

We found that the Center fills a void by addressing the long-term needs of abandoned and neglected Armenian children. Staff address their physical and psychological needs while at the same time, they try to find them a loving home. We spent lots of time with the children at the center and observed how they were on a path to heal. We met new children admitted to the center and we accompanied case workers as they conducted follow up visits around the country. Once we got to know them better, we documented their stories. Before we returned to the United States we knew our lives had changed a little through the connection we’d made with these kids. We had created memories that will last us a lifetime.

To read the full release, please click here.

Although Alexa and Simone fell in love with all the children
they formed a very close bond with these two young sisters

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Credit: FAR Staff

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