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[Hayastani Kidak]: Itinerary for FARs 2010 Young Professional Trip To Armenia And Nagorno Karabakh

February 24, 2010
And here it is. Our 2010 Itinerary, lots of exciting stops planned along the way. Tune in next week when we introduce all of them in detail. A glimpse into the future, “pre-living” the 2010 FAR Young Professional Trip on our blog.

-Arto (arto at /

July 7th to 21st, 2010

July 7th – Depart from JFK to Vienna flight OS 88 at 5:50pm

(Alternative July 8th – Depart from JFK to Moscow flight SU 314 at 2:20pm)

July 9th – Arriving Yerevan via Moscow at 2:50pm, via Vienna at 4:45am. lodging at Golden Tulip Hotel.

July 10th – After breakfast visit FAR office. Depart to Garni (1st century) lunch then Geghard (13th century).

July 11th – Tour of Echmiadzin,  St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches, badarak in the Cathedral.

July 12th – Depart for Gumri visit FAR projects and the city. Overnight in Gumri: “Arax” Hotel.

July 13th – Depart for Sanahin and Haghbat (10th century)  preserved  by UNESCO, included in World Heritage List. Overnight in Dzoraget “Tufenkian” Hotel.

July 14th – Depart for Dilijan. Visit the peninsula on lake Sevan and the chapels of 12th century. Visit of the Dzaghgadzor winter resort.

July 15th – Site seeing of Yerevan, Genocide memorial, Matenadaran, St Gregory Church, the Cascade.

July 16th – Depart to Oshakan, Saghmosavank Ambert lunch in Ashtarak.

July 17th – Depart to Goris, make a stop in Khor Virap. After lunch visit Datev Monastery (12th century). Overnight in “Mirhav” Hotel in Goris.

July 18th – After breakfast depart to Stepanakert /Karabakh/ lodging at Hotel Yerevan. Visit Stepanakert . After lunch depart to Gandzasar Monastery.

July 19th – After breakfast visit Sushi town, lunch in Noravank Complex  (12th century). Return to Yerevan, Check in at Golden Tulip Hotel.

July 20th – Visit Diaspora Minister.  Free day for shopping or museum.

July 21st – Depart to the airport for NY via Vienna OS 642 at 5:40am or Moscow SU 192 at 7:00am. Arriving JFK via Vienna at 2:15pm or via Moscow at 5:00pm.

Total cost of the land package – $1,555 (single supplement +$450)

Includes: Double-occupancy hotel accommodation, air port transfers, all taxes, two meals per day in Yerevan, tree meals per day outside of Yerevan, entrance fees, and guided daily sightseeing.

Does not include: Visas (Armenia $8, Karabagh $11), gratuities, concerts. Air Fare: via Vienna $1,685/ via Moscow $ 1,100.

(Subject to change without notice in sequence of days and other adjustments)

[Beneficiary Potraits]: Three Sisters Receive Gulamerian Scholarships

February 24, 2010

Through the Gulamerian Scholarship, FAR aims to help the most destitute but promising young students. Today, we would like to highlight the story of the Haji-Poghosyans sisters, Mariam, Tatevik, and Anna. Though their parents are living, the three girls were raised in the Vanadzor orphanage.  Before arriving at the orphanage, their home life was a domestic nightmare. Their father, Grigor, suffered from an alcohol addiction while their mother, Marietta, remained bedridden and seriously ill. Marietta took the girls to Vanadzor, in the hopes that they would have a better upbringing there than she was able to provide for them.

Mariam, Tatevik, and Anna Haji-Poghosyans

Credit: FAR Staff

The three sisters have now matured to become lovely young ladies, and have been thriving at the orphanage. Two years ago, the eldest sister Mariam learned about the FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program, and applied to Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute, Department of Law. She was admitted into the paid educational system and the tuition fee of nearly 1000 USD is now covered within the framework of FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program.

“If not for the Gulamerian Scholarship Program, the opportunity to study at higher educational institution would merely remain a dream,” confessed Mariam Haji-Poghosyan during our conversation. Mariam’s two younger sisters are also Gulamerian beneficiaries. Tatevik studies at the local Medical College, and Anna studies at Polytechnic College. Their tuition fees are also provided by FAR Gulamerian Scholarship Program. There is no need to mention how happy the three sisters are, and thankful for benefactors Josephine and Harold Guamanians’ generous support.

The Three Sister Work Diligently on Their Lessons

Credit: FAR Staff


[CSFC]: Visit from Silva Hakobyan, Armenian Pop Singer

February 23, 2010

The members of the Children’s Center “Circle of Friends” group of supporters remains very active at the center, and its members visit the center frequently. On January 11th, famous young Armenian pop singer Silva Hakobyan visited the children. She brought them candy and toys, as well as CDs of her music. The children were thrilled to spend an unforgettable day with Ms. Hakobyan, dancing and  singing away!

Silva Hakobyan with Children at the Center

Credit: FAR Staff


[GTech]: World Bank Delegation and Armenian Economic Ministry Members Visit GTech

February 23, 2010

On February 17, 2010 a delegation from the World Bank and the Armenian Ministry of the Economy visited the Gyumri IT Center (GTech). They met with representatives of several Gyumri and Yerevan-based businesses. During the session, meeting attendees discussed business issues related to the development of an IT industry in the northern region of Armenia.

In order to expand Armenia’s IT sector from Yerevan to the regions, the government plans to build a techno park in Gyumri. Economic Minister Nerses Yeritsyan expressed his belief that FAR’s GTech plays an important role in realizing a regional IT base. Currently, GTech is the only successfully operating entity in northern Armenia that has found employment opportunities for those in the IT sector, and attracted businesses to a region starved for employers. GTech maintains a program that delivers well-paying jobs through a combination of market-based education, new business incubation and business collaboration, resulting in the strengthened economic viability of an entire region.

Gurgen Paronyan, the executive director of GTech, noted that “GTech has already proven its basic concept of providing a workforce for technology companies that want to open branches in Gyumri. GITC will also be able to develop products for companies which are interested in outsourcing development to locations that can produce quality products within a very competitive budget.” The representatives from the World Bank mentioned that 24 million USD will be targeted to the development of IT infrastructure in Yerevan, including the techno park project.


[Hayastani Kidak]: $1550 for 2 Weeks in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh.

February 22, 2010

Yes, we are in the midst of planning our 2010 Young Professional Trip which will take place between July 7th and July 21st.

We just set the price for the land package at $1550. That includes all hotel accommodation (double-occupancy), air port transfers, all taxes, two meals per day in Yerevan, tree meals per day outside of Yerevan, entrance fees, and guided daily sightseeing.

This year we offer two different flight options. Either Austrian Airlines via Vienna for $1685 or Aeroflot via Moscow for $1100. Of course every traveler can also book their own flights or use personal air miles to obtain a ticket.

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Credit: Ara Jingirian


[FAR New York]: FAR Recognized for Its Development Efforts in Gyumri

February 22, 2010

By Marina Bazayeva

Recently, FAR was acknowledged as one of the first organizations to support the development of the Armenian city of Gyumri. On February 11, a ceremony was held in Gyumri honoring Vardanats war heroes. The main battle of the so-called “War of the Vardanank” was fought under the leadership of Vartan Mamikonian as Commander-in-Chief in the year 451. Though the war ended with a Persian victory, it became a symbol of the preservation of the religious freedom and identity of the Armenian people. In memory of those who gave their lives during this war, Gyumri renamed its main square after the Vardanants heroes.

Vardanants Square in Gyumri

Credit: FAR Staff

Part of this month’s commemorative ceremony was the presentation of a well-researched book titled Gyumri. The city’s mayor, Mr. Ghukasyan, personally presented a copy of the book to the FAR headquarters as a token of gratitude to the Fund for Armenian Relief’s efforts in Gyumri.

Copy of Gyumri book, Gifted to FAR


[Hayastani Kidak]: Our Facebook Event Page is up and running

February 19, 2010

We just posted our Facebook Event Page for the 2010 Young Professional Trip to Armenia. Sign up at our Hayastani Kidak Society and be among the first who will get the updates on our upcoming trip.



[CME]: Yerevan State Medical University is celebrating its 90th anniversary

February 19, 2010

Yerevan State Medical University is celebrating its 90th anniversary of foundation. Yet the celebration is not merely paper-based but initiated in the form of festivities illustrating various areas of medicine and medical-related fields. Several international conferences are to be held within 2010 and culminate in October with a number of research symposiums and thematic illustrative workshops.

Guests from Europe and worldwide attendees will definitely enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere in the University and participate in various events related to university life and in social program including city tour, sightseeing and visiting Armenian historical places.

This is a must-watch and participate event focused on bringing together physicians, scientists, researcher postgraduates, medical experts. Yet anyone interested is welcome to attend and contribute to the celebration taking with them vivid memories and particle of Armenian values.

Announcement and more information here.


[CSFC]: New Year’s Celebration at the Children Center

February 19, 2010

Most people like to celebrate the New Year with close friends and family. FAR’s Children’s Center staff and it’s supporters have become like family for the children residing at the center. On December 29th, a group of Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens (Dzmer Pap and Dzyunanush) visited the Center, in order to help the children celebrate the New Year. The visit was organized by Mrs. Javahir Tsarukyan, a member of the Center’s “Circle of Friends.” The party began in the afternoon with New Year songs, and it continued with plays, dances, and gifts.  The celebration was a uplifting experience for the children, and FAR thanks the Circle of Friends for making the party possible.

Children Perform a Play for the New Year’s Celebration

Credit: FAR Staff


[Hayastani Kidak]: Hotels For 2010 Young Professionals Trip Are Booked!

February 18, 2010

Our hotels for this years YP Trip of our Hayastani Kidak Society are booked!
Which, of course, will give you a glimpse into this year’s itinerary!


Yerevan: Golden Tulip Hotel Yerevan

Stepanakert: Hotel Armenia

Gyumri: Arax Hotel

Lori: Dzoraget Hotel

Goris: Mirhav Hotel


Hotel Golden Tulip Yerevan

Credit: Golden Tulip Yerevan