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[CSFC]: New Hope for the Children’s Center.

January 12, 2011

Last month, a group of distinguished women from the Eastern Diocese gathered to brainstorm ways to support and advance the mission of the Fund for Armenian Relief’s Children’s Center—one of the leading entities serving the cause of child protection in the republic’s capital city of Yerevan.

Among other initiatives, the members of the committee—Mrs. Sirvart Hovnanian (honorary chair), Mrs. Nadya Garipian (co-chair), Mrs. Sylva Torosian (co-chair), Mrs. Nuart Arslan, Mrs. Yegsa Bestepe, Mrs. Ani Hamparsumian, Mrs. Magda Najarian, Mrs. Sossie Najarian, Mrs. Karen Nargizian, Mrs. Talar Sarafian, Mrs. Anita Temiz, and Mrs. Alice Yigitkurt—decided to raise money to help organize a Christmas celebration for young people at the Children’s Center.

The funds they raised were matched by FAR’s Board of Directors chair Mr. Randy Sapah-Gulian and used to purchase gifts and supplies for children at the center. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate and President of the FAR Board of Directors, traveled to Armenia at the end of December to present the gifts to the children and to attend the celebration at the center in Yerevan.

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan

Archbishop Barsamian conveyed the warm wishes of the women’s committee of the Eastern Diocese, and distributed the gifts to the children. Young people showcased their talent in a special program featuring singing, dancing, and skit performances.  Also attending the celebration were members of the Children’s Center’s Circle of Friends—benefactors in Armenia who are also working to raise funds for the center.

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan

Since its founding in 2000, the FAR Children’s Center has improved, transformed—and occasionally saved—the lives of some 6,000 children, aged 3 to 18, who were deemed “at-risk” for a host of heartbreaking social pathologies. A professional staff of social workers, psychologists, and nurses address the specific issues of each child, and work with that child and his or her family. 

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan

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