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[FAR New York]: Moving the Blog to a New Location…

January 12, 2011

Dear Friends,

Over the past year, at this location, the Fund for Armenian Relief has brought you the latest news about our work, as well as the happenings within the Armenian community through our blog. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’re new and improved – blogwise, that is. Now fully integrated into our website, with better image quality, better browse capability, and stronger connection to the rest of the social media world, we’re definitely hoping to enhance your reading experience.

This is also another way to make it easier for you to stay in touch with our community, of course. Whether it’s a story about our child protection program, the latest scholarship recipient or a link to one of our favorite blogs, we hope that our new layout will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to stay informed on the latest and keep the conversation going.

Please do stay in touch and visit us at

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.


[CME]: FAR CME Trainers Celebrate at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

December 17, 2010

By Hambardzum Simonyan

This year, FAR’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program celebrates its sixth anniversary. In honor of such a special occasion, FAR decided to do something noteworthy for its annual Christmas reception. To thank them for all their incredible work, FAR brought the trainers to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin where His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, blessed each of them.

FAR also sent a special request to the Catholicos to give his blessings to the FAR Staff, FAR Fellowship Alumni Association board members, in addition to the CME trainers.

In his opening speech, FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan expressed deep gratitude to the Catholicos for the reception and conveyed warm greetings on behalf of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, FAR’s Board of Directors and FAR Vice-Chairman Dr. Edgar Housepian. Bagrat briefly talked about the FAR CME Program, along with the trainers’ achievements.

Ara Babloyan, FAR FAA Board member and National Assembly member, described the philosophy of FAR’s medical programs and their progress over the recent years. “During the 1990s FAR trained 100 physicians in the U.S. Later, those 100 physicians trained and shared their experience with thousands of Armenian doctors through the CME Program. We sincerely hope this program will expand even more in the future and create more opportunities.”

His Holiness Karekin II thanked all trainers for their volunteer work, benevolence and contribution to healthcare in Armenia. “I highly appreciate the great work done by FAR, and the devotion of the volunteer physicians, who willingly help the Armenian community,” he said.

The reception was concluded with a tour of Etchmiadzin, which highlighted Christian heritage and spiritual art works.

CME gives doctors from Armenia’s rural areas the opportunity to enhance their modern medical knowledge and practice. These doctors have the opportunity to learn about innovative approaches and methodologies from top healthcare providers in Yerevan free of cost.

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Credit: Felix Arustamyan


[Armenian Ad Watch]: Thanksgiving Preparations Have Started. Also in Yerevan.

November 19, 2010

2010 Thanksgiving Advert for
Pumpkin Soup and Turkey Plate in a Yerevan Restaurant


Credit: Charentsi 28, Yerevan


[Armenian Landscapes]

November 17, 2010

Sunset in the Shirak region


Credit: Levon Lachikyan


[Armenian Life]

November 17, 2010

Very cool.

A Danced Armenian Alphabet. The Armenoids “Barakka.”

Hat Tip: The Armenian Observer Blog & Music of Armenia.


[Web Wrap]: Author Agop Hacikyan Discusses Works at New York Event.

November 17, 2010

“We Armenians will keep producing and publishing to ensure our history its deserved perpetuity.” – Agop Hacikyan

Well said.

Author Agop Hacikyan discusses works at New York event.


[Web Wrap]: BC To Boost Contacts Between Armenian, European Fashion Designers.

November 17, 2010

Cross-cultural dialogue through fashion? Interesting! Can’t wait to see the results.


On November 11-12, the British Council (BC) will launch a two-year program – Path of Fashion: Dialogue on Borders Crossroad.

Armenian fashion designers and their colleagues from the European Union will work together, familiarizing themselves with one another’s culture during mutual visits, expressing impressions and ideas in their works.

Please continue reading here.


Credit: Arnos Martirosyan via PanARMENIAN.Net


[GTech]: GTech Opens a New Laboratory.

November 17, 2010

By Hripsime Papoyan

The Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech) recently unveiled its brand new Sun Laboratory on November 13. Guests, students, FAR and GTech staff members, along with journalists, celebrated during the opening ceremony.

The new laboratory, which is dedicated to its benefactors Dikran and Nadya Gyulmezgil, will enable GTech students to learn the new Solaris operation system. GTech’s executive director, students and staff members all showed their appreciation.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Gyulmezgil for opening the Sun laboratory, which, by enabling us to learn the Solaris system allows us to apply our theoretical knowledge in a practical way. It’s another way that GTech gives us a unique opportunity to become competitive IT specialists,” said Sirarpi Manukyan, a second-year student in the Web Technologies Department.

The entire staff of GTech thank the donors for their generosity and support.

The New Sun Lab at GTech.

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Credit: FAR Staff

GTech and FAR Gyumri staff meet with Mr. Gyulmezgil.

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Scholarship]: FAR Selects the First Margaret Ajemian Ahnert Scholars.

November 1, 2010

The Fund for Armenian Relief is pleased to announce the selection of its first five Margaret Ajemian Ahnert Scholars, who now have the chance to continue their education in journalism and become future leaders in the Armenian press.

Established in July 2010, this scholarship aims to specifically support and empower aspiring female journalists by providing the opportunity to receive the education and training they need. Margaret Ajemian Ahnert established this scholarship fund in memory of her mother Ester Ajemian. The fund, administered by FAR, provides full tuition and monthly stipends to female graduate students in Armenia. Ms. Ahnert, herself a media specialist, worked for years as a television producer and a teacher before publishing her first book The Knock at the Door: A Journey Through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide, which is based on her mother’s memories of the 1915 genocide, its unprecedented horrors and her escape.

Please read more in FARs Media Release.


[Armenian Life]: Ser Yerevan.

October 12, 2010

A repost of Inga and Anush’s “Ser Yerevan.” Just because we love it so much.

Have fun watching the video…