Archive for December, 2010

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[FAR New York]: FAR Wishes You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

December 24, 2010

Dear Friend,
 
We hope you enjoy this holiday season. Despite its somewhat hectic nature, Christmas is indeed a special time to appreciate friends and family and the love surrounding the season.
 
As always, we at FAR are especially grateful for the support of our friends this time of year. You have given us the power to continue our programs, which give Armenians opportunity and support they need to build a stronger nation.
 
We see the next year as one filled with even more opportunity and we hope you will continue to stand with us and our mission to create a better Armenia.
 
Thank you for everything you have done for us this past year.
 
From all of us at FAR, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.S. FAR will take a brief hiatus from our posts and we will resume on January 10.

New-Year-tree

Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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[Armenian Life]

December 24, 2010

Shnorhavor Nor Tari.

Nor Tari (New Year) by Ruben Hakhverdyan

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[Armenian Life]

December 24, 2010

Skating in the shadow of the Opera House

Skating on the Icy Lake

Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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[Web Wrap]: Christmas in the Armenian Church.

December 24, 2010

Wanna learn more?

Via The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

Christmas in the Armenian Church

Credit: The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in America

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[FAR Sponsorships]: Donors Bring Support to the Tavush Region in time for Christmas.

December 24, 2010

By Edward Karapetyan

FAR has tried to support the children of the Tavush region in recent years. This Christmas generous donors have helped us to continue this pattern. The goal of this year’s visit to Tavush was to deliver gifts and awards to local children at Aygepar Kindergarten and the Berd Art School from American supporter John Thomas, the Megerian Rugs Company and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Father Aram during Distribution of
Christmas Gifts to Tavush Region Children 

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Credit: Edward Karapetyan

Two years ago, John provided financial support and gifts to 53 of the region’s needy and orphaned children, which included stationary, clothes, candy and various Christian symbols and items. This time John gave the children 10,000 AMD along with some sweets. The children were extremely happy to receive the presents from someone who has now become a dear friend.

During our visit we also presented the children gifts provided by UMCOR, which included toiletries and stationary.

Christmas Gifts Distribution
To Children in Tavush Region

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Credit: Edward Karapetyan

The Megerian Rugs Company, which has operated in Armenia since 2002, also helped to support children in Tavush. Established in New York in 1917, the company began by repairing and refurbishing old rugs to resell. Today, its purpose is to continue the tradition of Armenian embroidery and rug weaving. So, Mergerian provided the Berd Art School students with high quality materials, including yarn and special dyes to enable children do the work they love and carry on the traditions of Armenian rug making.

Berd Art School Students
Receive Megerian Rug’s Presents

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Credit: Edward Karapetyan

During our visit to the art school, we saw that the children were extremely happy to receive pounds and pounds of threads for rug making. Fourteen year-old Mariam Badalyan said not only would she finally be able to finish weaving the small rug that she’d previously left, she would also be able to weave a bigger rug with more intricate patterns.

Group Instructor Satik Davtyan
With Mariam Badalyan and Other Students

Art school in Berd

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

Group instructor Satik Davtyan said children previously had to stop attending the classes because of the lack of threads. Now they have the opportunity to weave rugs and improve their skills.

Megerian Rugs in Armenia

Megerian rugs in Armenia

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

All the Christmas gifts were given out at St. Astvatsatsin Church, thanks to the help and participation of Father Aram Mirzoyan (Der Aram), spiritual father of Berd. All participants recited Armenian prayer “Hayr Mer” and were later blessed and congratulated by Der Aram.

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[ACYOA / FAR Partnership]: Hand in Hand: Building relationships. Bridging a gap.

December 23, 2010

By Katrina Shakarian

ACYOA and FAR are thinking out of the box. Over the past few weeks the organizations have joined forces, producing a unique initiative that seeks to transform the relationship between Armenia and the Diaspora by opening up the channels of communication between youth in Armenia and in the States.

The initiative is called Hand in Hand, and its objective is to build a connection between young Armenians. One of the ways we can do this is by offering each other a new perspective. Armenian-Americans are curious about life in Armenia. We want to know about everything from pop culture to the nuances of the day to day. Young people in Armenia are just as curious about the lives we lead abroad. Until now, however, there have been very few opportunities for the average person to access that kind of information. In response to this growing demand, our committee is harnessing social media forces to bridge the gap between Armenians across the globe, setting the stage for an unprecedented exchange of ideas.
 
The first step in this project — an art supply drive — is in the works. Currently, 27 parishes across the U.S. have mobilized on behalf of FAR’s Children’s Support Foundation Center (CSFC) by donating supplies to provide the center’s children with an outlet for creative expression. The next step will be to connect and build a relationship with the children through technology like blogging, as well as an exciting multimedia presentation that Hand in Hand will be releasing to the public in January. This short film will document the art supply drive in action; it will introduce the ACYOA and members of our committee to the children at CSFC. In turn, FAR will be equipping the center with its very own media lab. Once armed with cameras and software, the children will be able to create their own multimedia presentation about life in Armenia and release it to the public this spring. 

Children of the Center

Chilren-of-Center

Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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[Armenian Life]

December 23, 2010

Yerevan Preparing for New Year

Yerevan-preparing-for-New-Year

Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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[Web Wrap]: Armenian New Year Traditions.

December 23, 2010

Get ready.

Via Father Time’s Net

The ancient Armenians had been celebrating the coming of the New Year on the 21st of March. That date is not only the first day of the spring, but also the birthday of the mythical God Vahangn, in whom believed the pagan Armenians about 10 thousand years ago. On this day the Armenians prepared huge feasts to welcome and celebrate the zenith of the nature. 

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Newyear

Credit: Father Time’s Net

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[GTech]: GTech Concludes Training Program.

December 23, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

After completing a specialized training program, six of Gyumri’s IT specialists are now qualified IT teachers. This program, a joint initiative between Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) and USAID-funded Competitive Armenian Private Sector (CAPS) began in March with the aim of training IT specialists from Gyumri to become instructors at GTech. This opportunity not only opens up job prospects for some of these specialists, it will also strengthen GTech’s staff.

Marina Bazayeva and Amalya Yeghoyan
(from Left to right)

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

Program graduates Narek Tadevosyan, Suren Gharagyozyan, Edgar Mughnetsyan, Vahram Muradyan, Arman Hovhannisyan and Aram Harutyunyan, attended Gyumri Engineering University and Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute before enrolling. All graduates will be involved in the teaching process at GTech beginning in 2011.

Narek Tadevosyan, Suren Gharagyozyan,
Edgar Mughnetsyan, Vahram Muradyan,
Arman Hovhannisyan (from left to right) 

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

GTech also holds refresher courses in advanced network technologies for licensed instructors. Hovhannes Atoyan and Simon Eliazyan recently completed this training.

Hovhannes Atoyan and Simon Eliazyan

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Credit: Hripsime Papoyan

GTech’s administration thanks USAID/CAPS for financing and supporting this project and congratulates all of these new instructors.  

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[Web Wrap]: Yerevan to host premiere staging of Aida opera by Verdi on December 23.

December 23, 2010

Verdi’s “Aida” opera will be premiered in Yerevan.

Via PanArmenianNet

PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenian Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan said that preparation works for staging Aida opera by Giuseppe Verdi started in 2010 at the initiative of the Ministry.

Through the assistance of Italian Ambassador to Armenia Bruno Scapini, Italian stage director Mario Corradi, whose performances are included in programs of the beset theaters in the world, was invited to Armenia, Poghosyan told a press conference on December 22.

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Aida-Verdi

Credit: PanArmenian Network