Archive for the ‘FAR Media Releases’ Category


[FAR Media Release]: Fund for Armenian Relief celebrates its 20th anniversary, honors one of its Founders, and raises close to $1 Million

January 28, 2010

Some 450 people gathered at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan on January 15 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) — an organization that has provided strength and opportunity to the Armenian people — and pay tribute to a true humanitarian and co-founder of FAR, Dr. Edgar M. Housepian.

Many guests traveled hundreds of miles to attend the regal gala, which helped to raise close to $1 million to support FAR operations.

His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the event and addressed attendees.

Other notable speakers included Tribute Committee Chair Dr. Tavit Najarian; Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and President of FAR Archbishop Khajag Barsamian; Chair of FAR’s Board of Directors Mr. Randy Sapah-Gulian; President Emeritus of Boston University and FAR Board member Dr. Aram Chobanian; and Dr. Housepian’s son Dr. David Hovsepian.

President Barack Obama sent a congratulatory letter on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Fund for Armenian Relief.

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Dr. Edgar Housepian,
His Holiness Karekin II,
the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians,
and Archbishop Khajag Barsamian,
Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
and President of FAR.

Credit: Julie Dermansky


[FAR PRR]: FAR and Medical State University of Yerevan Held Fourth Annual Medical Symposium

December 9, 2009

Year after year and month after month, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) helps more and more Armenian physicians enhance their medical skills, learn about new developments in their field, and essentially become better doctors through the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program.

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155 Provincial Doctors Came to the Symposium to Yerevan

Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR PRR]: Dr. Edgar Housepian To Be Honored on January 15th

November 12, 2009

The Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) will honor one of its founding members, Dr. Edgar M. Housepian, at a gala banquet in Manhattan on January 15, 2010. The event also will mark FAR’s 20th anniversary. His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will preside.

Dr. Housepian, a renowned neurosurgeon and professor, will be recognized for his many contributions to medicine, and for his involvement in the relief and medical efforts in Armenia. Click here to read more about Dr. Housepian’s work.

Dr. Edgar Housepian


Credit: Julie Dermansky


[FAR PRR]: Little Hearts: Two Armenian-Americans create documentary about child protection in Armenia

September 15, 2009

By Simone Paklaian and Alexa Sapah-Gulian

As two high school students living in Connecticut, we usually spend our summers on Cape Cod scooping ice cream. This summer, however, was different. We decided to go to Armenia to volunteer at FAR’s Child Protection Center and also create a documentary to develop awareness about child welfare.

We found that the Center fills a void by addressing the long-term needs of abandoned and neglected Armenian children. Staff address their physical and psychological needs while at the same time, they try to find them a loving home. We spent lots of time with the children at the center and observed how they were on a path to heal. We met new children admitted to the center and we accompanied case workers as they conducted follow up visits around the country. Once we got to know them better, we documented their stories. Before we returned to the United States we knew our lives had changed a little through the connection we’d made with these kids. We had created memories that will last us a lifetime.

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Although Alexa and Simone fell in love with all the children
they formed a very close bond with these two young sisters

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR PRR]: FAR helps young Diaspora Armenians to discover their own Armenia in a very unique way.

August 7, 2009

For those in the Diaspora, living in multiple cultures is something many Armenian-Americans know well. Despite growing up in America, they have a strong awareness of and attachment to their Armenian roots – even if those roots have crossed through other nations and cultures before reaching the United States.

For many Armenian-Americans, stepping foot in Armenia is a way to step beyond these childhood images. It provides a chance to learn who they are, as Armenians. Over 14 years, the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) has provided this opportunity to dozens of young Armenian-Americans through the Young Professionals Trip.

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Happy Armenian-Americans arrive in Goris


Credit : Celine Kaladjian

[FAR PRR]: 20 years on record: FAR has been about changing lives of Armenians

August 5, 2009

More Armenians doctors are offering better care to more people. More Armenian orphans have the chance get an education. More Armenian children who were once neglected or abandoned now have the help and support they so desperately need. More young Armenians have a chance to better their careers. These marks of progress prove that the Fund for Armenian Relief is making a difference to many Armenians .

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Kostas and Nadya,
two young vulnerable Armenians supported by FAR


Credit : FAR Staff


[FAR PRR]: “The Best For Our Children”

June 23, 2009

June 2 was a day of celebration at Haghtanak (Victory) Park in Yerevan. “The Best for Our Children” event, sponsored by FAR’s Children’s Support Center “Friends Council,” was held in commemoration of  Children’s Rights Protection International Day, celebrated all over the world.

For the event, FAR attracted support from public celebrities, businessmen, artists and specialists who work with at-risk children.  One of the highlights of the event was the presence of Armenian First Lady Mrs. Rita Sargsyan.

This was the second annual “The Best for Our Children” event, and FAR was happy to see the number of participants and vendors increasing.  More than 15.000 children participated in the event, hailing from Yerevan as well as other regions of Armenia. Vendors on hand for the event represented leading Armenian companies such as Grand Candy JV LLC, Coca Cola Armenia, Noyan Juice, and many others.

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Two beneficiaries from the Homeless Children Center
with Mr. Araz Dare, Ms. Margarita Barkhoyan and Mr. Vladimir Barkhoyan

Celebrities Attended The Event And Supported The HCC II

Credit : FAR Staff


[FAR PRR]: A Diasporan in Armenia

June 15, 2009

Jason Paul Kazarian from Texas discovers Gyumri and its young talents in unique way.

Life in Gyumri is a far cry from Texas for Jason Paul Kazarian. But when the opportunity arose to fill the vacant Executive Director position at the Gyumri Information Technologies Center (GITC/GTech), he accepted it without hesitation.

Moving 5,000 miles away from his home country provided quite the lifestyle change for Mr. Kazarian, both professionally and personally. But the vision and goals he had for GITC prompted his move and have remained his priority.

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Jason Paul Kazarian showing GITC to visitors


Credit : Celine Kaladjian