[FAR Schools]: FAR Secures Funding for School Renovations.

July 22, 2010

FAR recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Open Society Institute, which will help the organization’s efforts to rehabilitate the Gavar Special School and improve its vocational training program.

The school is situated in Gegharkunik Marz, the poorest region in Armenia, and it is the only government-run school in the area targeted to disabled and handicapped children. While staff salaries and utilities are financed by the government, no funding has been dedicated to improving infrastructure until now.

FAR’s efforts will enhance the school’s vocational training in sewing, knitting, embroidery, and wood carving workshops. FAR will also re-establish Gavar’s physical training facility, which is currently devoid of equipment. In addition, the school needs to be made handicapped accessible. Over the next year, this project will help to improve the school’s capacity to serve children in need and help them gain skills they can ultimately use to support themselves.

Gavar’s old courtyard with provisional goal area

Gavar Special School N 1_old hall 2_.jpg

Credit: FAR Staff


  1. I was impressed by your project. What kind of donaitons do you need? My son is turning 5 in August and we would love to help by asking our guests to bring items that you need for your school in lieu of gifts.
    Thank you,

    • Dear Zoya,

      That is very generous of you, the school can use any help that it can get. For your son’s birthday we could provide you with envelopes dedicated to the project. We will send you a separate e/mail with details.

      Beyond that the school is in dire need of equipment for physical therapy to equip the renovated building in two months. If you are interested we can with post or send you a list outlining the specifics.

      FAR Headquarters

  2. It makes me very happy to see that some help had come for the helpless. Those children have been kept in homes and without any training be it physical or mental, finally they are out of darkness and recieving the help they deserve, we should not forget that they are part of our country as well, God bless the FAR and all the private people that helped Gavar School so far. Also I would like to bring special thanks to the Peace Corp volunteers Tera and Jason for their dedication and selfless work they did and continue to do. sincerly, nadia

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