[CASP]: Beneficiary Profile: Gurgen Darbinyan.

September 15, 2010

By Marina Bazayeva

The beginning of September in Armenia is a golden time when kids recently back from their vacation, meet their new classmates and teachers, and share their impressions of summer. The most fortunate ones are those like Gurgen Darbinyan, a 13-year-old with an artistic soul, who was able to attend summer camp. A beneficiary of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), Gurgen lost his father at the age of 9. Now he lives with his mother in one of Gymuri’s makeshift shelter, which lacks basic amenities. His mother is a teacher who also worked as a trainer in the CASP camp. Her teaching and organizational skills were truly a benefit for the camp’s children and its staff.

Gurgen Reading

Gurgen reading

Credit: FAR Staff

She organized multiple activities including drawing and singing groups, which Gurgen joined because of his talent and exceptional musical education. (His vocal teacher is the lead singer of the Shirak Diocese Cappella.)

Gurgen in Harij Monastery

Gurgen in Harij

Credit: FAR Staff

Gurgen also sang during a midday liturgy in the 13th Century Harij Monastery. He visited the monastery with the World Armenian Church Youth Organization Camp, along with representatives from the FAR Shirak department and the Ounjian School.

Gurgen with WACYO Camp in Harij

WACYO in Harij

Credit: FAR Staff

He is also extremely well bred. He believes in the church and the art that has preserved Armenia for all these centuries. Along those lines, he plans to attend a seminary and dedicate himself to serving the Armenian Apostolic church.

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