Archive for March, 2010


[FAR New York]: Easter Message.

March 31, 2010

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Fund for Armenian Relief, I wanted to send you wishes for a most blessed Easter. Once again, we find ourselves at this special time of year when we can reflect upon sacrifices that have been made for us.

In this spirit, FAR will continue to carry on the programs that make the most difference in the health, security, and well being of people less fortunate than us.

Your support has helped to fuel each of these programs and all of us are indeed thankful. We hope for a great holiday for you and your loved ones and will be back on Monday morning.

Garnik Nanagoulian
Executive Director
Fund for Armenian Relief

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan


[FAR Scholarships]: Jerair Nishanian scholars complete first semester with success.

March 30, 2010

Grade results for Gavar State University’s first semester of 2009-2010 are in and the majority earned excellent marks. Through the Jerair Nishanian Foundation Scholarship Program, FAR gives the gift of education to several students each year. Currently, 49 students study at Gavar State University with the help of the scholarship.

During a recent meeting commemorating the students’ efforts, each of them gratefully expressed their gratitude for the scholarship and also renewed their promise to eventually use their degrees to contribute to Armenian’s development.

2010 Jerair Nishanian Foundation Scholars

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Credit: FAR Staff


[CFSC]: Imposed begging is trafficking.

March 30, 2010

Even adults in Syunik region were unaware of child trafficking.

Last year, 22 experts in five regions of Armenia tried to find out what children and adults know about child trafficking. Based on results, girls are more aware than boys. In addition, children from socially insecure families are more aware than those from rich families.

The study was conducted by “Harmonious Society” social workers association.

“When children are pushed into begging and the money they “earn” is used by another person, that means child trafficking,” said president of “Harmonious Society” association Mira Antonyan as she presented the results of the study at EU Delegation Office in Yerevan.

Please continue reading on A1Plus’ website.


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[CSFC]: Safe Connections.

March 30, 2010

About 90 child protection specialists from all over Armenia attended a “Safe Mobile Connection” forum on March 10 about developing ideas and generating tactics to help prevent children from being targeted by fraudulent Internet and phone offers, which can threaten their safety.

The conference followed in the footsteps of the creation of the Child Protection Hotline and Helpline Program, which gives children a number to call for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Participants in the forum included representatives from local and international organizations like Child Rights Protection Units from Yerevan and other parts of the country. Among them were Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia and Cristina Roccella, deputy representative of UNICEF-Armenia.

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Credit: FAR Staff


[Armenian Landscapes]

March 29, 2010

Mountainous Armenia

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan


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

March 29, 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.


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.

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

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


[FAR Scholarships]: First Mathevosian Scholar Graduates Medical School.

March 29, 2010

Newly vested surgeon and Mathevosian Scholar Eduard Bayramyan recently became the very first student to graduate medical school with this help of this FAR program. Through the Mathevosian Scholarship, FAR sponsors medical residents who study at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU). Once they’re through medical school, these new doctors are required to practice medicine in regions outside of Armenia and Russia, which lack adequate medical care.

Eduard is heading to the underserved Tavush region to fulfill his first assignment at Dilijan Hospital.

His graduation was marked by notable guests, including Tavush Governor Armen Ghularyan, Head of the Regional Health Department Karine Dovlatbekyan, YSMU Director Gevorg Yaghjyan, FAR Deputy Director Margarit Piliposyan, and FAR Program Coordinators Dr. Hambardzum Simonyan and Eduard Karapetyan.

Eduard Bayramyan is proudly presenting his diploma

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Credit: FAR Staff


[Web Wrap]: How We Live – Exhibit Highlights Growing Poverty in Armenia.

March 26, 2010

By Liana Aghajanian via Ianyan Magazine

Grigor, a 29-year-old husband and father who lives on the outskirts of Etchmiadzin in Armenia gets up for work at 6 a.m and doesn’t leave until 5. Unlike most of the typical workforce however, Grigor’s day is spent rummaging through a garbage dump, where he searches for odds and ends like plastic to sell and shoes to burn for fuel. When he’s able to sell what he finds, his family has food on the table.

Unfortunately, Grigor’s dire situation is not too uncommon – after reducing poverty rates by half in the last decade, Armenia has seen a sharp rise again, according to the World Bank.

Please read on here.


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[GTech]: IT’s impact on Armenia.

March 26, 2010

About 35 people attended the March 16 lecture where Jason Paul Kazarian, former executive director of FAR’s Gyumri Information Technologies Center, spoke about Armenia’s progress in information technology. The lecture was held at the Armenian Society of Los Angeles in Glendale, CA, and was free and open to the public.

Jason, who is now a principal engineer at Left Brained Geeks, covered a variety of topics, including the availability of IT resources, like cell phones and their impact on society, technology’s importance to the average Armenian, and how IT is impacting education and business in Armenia.


For those who couldn’t attend, lecture slides are posted on Jason’s website.


[Web Wrap]: Social Innovation Camp Caucasus, Tbilisi, Georgia 8-10 April.

March 26, 2010

By Onnik Krikorian

Do you believe in social change in the Caucasus, want to make a difference, or have identified a pressing social need in any of the three societies, including on regional level, that needs addressing, but don’t know where or how to start?

If you answered yes to any or all of those questions then next month’s Social Innovation Camp (SI Camp) scheduled for 8-10 April in Tbilisi, Georgia, is exactly what you’re looking for.

Please read on here.


Credit: Onnik Krikorian