Archive for September, 2010

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[Web Wrap]: The Role of Youth in Peacemaking: Youth of Europe Gathered in Armenia to Find New Ways of Settling Conflicts.

September 30, 2010

The seminar “Role of Youth Work and Intercultural Learning in Peace-building,” which was held last week in Tsakhkadzor, engaged youth from 10 different countries in discussion about peace-building efforts for national or international conflicts through intercultural dialogue, exchange and experience.

By Tsovinar Karapetyan via Youth.am

Nearly 30 young leaders from 10 countries have gathered in Tsakhkadzor to participate in a seminar on the “Role of youth work and intercultural learning in peace-building” which launched on September 20.

The seminar is organized by the “European Confederation of Youth Clubs” and Armenia is implementing the program as a member of the Federation of Youth Clubs of Armenia.

“The participants are mainly from Confederation-member countries. But we also issued a statement to engage those who are from countries with national and international conflicts or are very interested in the topic,” said chief secretary of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs, Carmen Paun. 

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YRD - youth forum

Credit: Tsovinar Karapetyan via Youth.am

Youth forum

Credit: Hasmik Manukyan

Youth Forum 2

Credit: Hasmik Manukyan

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[Armenian Life]

September 30, 2010

Vardges Surenyants
Famous Armenian Artist 

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[Web Wrap]: Hayastan Fund and Indian Government Renovate School in Lori Province.

September 30, 2010

With support from Indian government, Hayastan All-Armenian Fund renovates Artsni community school.

New York – The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund officially unveiled the renovated community school of Artsni, a village in Armenia’s Lori Region, on September 15. The reconstruction of the campus was financed by the government of India, which provided the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund with a project grant totaling close to $221,000.

The grant was awarded through the Indian government’s Development Assistance Programme, benefitting friendly states such as Armenia.

The project resulted in the complete reconstruction of one of the two main buildings of the two-story school, which was built in 1962. The improvements include a new roof as well as newly installed hardwood floors, doors, and windows. In addition, the entire structure has been repainted and a boiler room was built to provide the school with heating.

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Dancers celebrate the opening of the
Artsni community school, financed by
India’s Development Assistance Programme 

Celebrating_school opened in Lori

Credit: The Armenian Reporter

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[ACYOA Dispatches]: Closing – Reminiscing a Life Changing Trip to Armenia.

September 30, 2010

By Paul Derderian

I came to Armenia expecting to see all of the famous sites I had heard about in Armenian School and Sunday School. I expected to get more advanced culturally and spiritually. When I arrived in Armenia, it felt like I had dreamt it all up in my head. It had been everything I had expected and more. The feeling of being in Armenia and the sight of Armenian lettering on the signs along with hearing the language everywhere was very fulfilling to me. It could not have been more of a fantasy becoming a reality. I left Armenia knowing more about my history, faith, language and everything else which makes up my culture.

There were many memorable parts of the trip: visiting churches, monasteries, the beautiful landscapes, the food, etc. Climbing the mountain in Lake Sevan was a great experience for me. It was one of the most physically demanding things I ever did in my life.

Sevan by Arman Ayrapetyan

Credit: Arman Ayrapetyan

As we reached the top of the mountain, the feeling of satisfaction and beauty overwhelmed me. The views on top of the mountain overlooking Lake Sevan and the rest of the mountain range were indescribable.

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Credit: Arman Ayrapetyan

Going to Armenia was one of the best experiences of my life and it has changed my life in so many ways.

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[Web Wrap]: Gyumri’s Resurgence Aided by Fund for Armenian Relief.

September 30, 2010

Gyumri: A vibrant rebirth and hope for the future.

By Florence Avakian via The Armenian Reporter

Gyumri, Armenia – Twenty-two years ago, it was a city devastated by a massive earthquake. Today, Gyumri is alive and well, with daily signs of progress everywhere.

Contributing to the resurgence of Armenia’s second largest city with a population of 130,000, are several projects created, organized and financed by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) which started its projects in Gyumri with the specific focus on earthquake relief.

On a recent trip to Armenia, I visited this burgeoning city with Margarita Piliposyan, Deputy Director of FAR Armenia. In the past several years, many new buildings and homes have been erected mostly with American and European funding.

One of the most vital establishments in Gyumri is the Margaret and Nishan Atinizian Senior Center which opened in 2000. It feeds some 200 indigent elders daily in two shifts, providing both a nutritional homemade meal, and access to showers. 

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Students at Gyumri’s IT Center,
supported by the Fund for Armenian Relief
 

GITC students

Credit: Florence Avakian via Armenian Reporter

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[Armenian Life]: Yerevan’s Cultural Corner.

September 29, 2010

Vernissage

Vernisage

Credit: Rita Willaert via Creative Commons / Flickr

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[Armenian Life]: Hayastan.

September 29, 2010

Hayastan – Armenia