Archive for the ‘Project Smile’ Category


[Project Smile]: Lenten Drive netted $7,500 for Project Smile

November 6, 2009

The annual Sunday School Lenten Drive of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America netted more than $15,000 in 2009, to be shared equally with FAR’s Project Smile and UNICEF’s anti-malaria bed net campaign. Students put their heart and soul into raising these precious funds, participating in sports-a-thons, Bible verse-a-thons, Easter basket sales, spaghetti dinners, and a host of other personal and community efforts that gave Lenten almsgiving a decidedly 21st-century spin. Especially popular this year were creative posters and custom-designed collection canister

Sunday School funds helped launch the Fund for Armenian Relief’s Project Smile two years ago, and this year’s second contribution promises to give an additional boost to the surgical program for children with cleft palates. UNICEF’s drive to provide families worldwide with life-saving anti-malarial bed nets likewise proved an inspiring cause to Sunday School staffs, students, and families.

Superintendent Marsha Alabachian
with students from the St. James Sunday School
in Watertown, MA, during the Lenten Drive season

house 041


[Project Smile]: Farewell Event

July 22, 2009

Last week marked the conclusion of the second stage of Project Smile in Armenia.  As part of Project Smile, visiting health specialists from across the globe came together to help the Armenian community fight cleft lip and cleft palate disorders.  At FAR, we like to say that the new smiles will spread a little more kindness throughout the world!

A few weeks ago, those involved in the project’s implementation were invited to a farewell celebration at Arma restaurant in Yerevan.  The initiator and cofounder of the “Smile” Project in Armenia, Madeleine Minasyan – Ispiryan, expressed special thanks to the Fund for Armenian Relief for its dedicated work and successful implementation of the mission.

Smile Network International Medical Team Leader Rajbir Sarpal and Mission Coordinator in Armenia Carolyn Walsko awarded Thank You Certificates “For outstanding and generous contribution to Smile Network International” to FAR’s Margarit Piliposyan and Levon Lachikyan.

Project Smile Farewell Dinner

Smile Farewell Party

Credit: Levon Lachikyan


[Project Smile] : Update

July 16, 2009

A few weeks ago, FAR and Project Smile changed the lives of 54 young Armenians.  At the “Arabkir” Medical Center in Yerevan, 64 surgeries were performed on the 54 patients. The most common surgeries included primary palate repair and lip scar revision. 12 of the patients were from Yerevan, and the remainder traveled from different regions throughout Armenia in order to receive this life-changing surgery.  Though most patients were between one and 26 years old, there were 11 patients less than twelve months of age. FAR and Project Smile work together to bring as many smile as possible to Armenians in need.

A happy child after the surgery


Credit : Celine Kaladjian


[Project Smile] : More than one hundred smiles

July 6, 2009

Sometimes, it can be hard to come across a smile in Armenia.  This is generally due to difficult social conditions that FAR works to remedy.  However, some children are simply unable to smile, as they are born with the congenital defect of cleft palate or lip.

Years ago the “Smile” International Organization was born, allowing doctors to perform operations to fix this condition afflicting children in various countries.  Last October, the project was launched in Armenia, with visiting physicians operating on nearly 50 children from various Armenian regions.  In coming weeks, 50-55 more operations will be performed on beneficiaries from Armenian regions. “These children are also born beautiful as the others. However, only due to this life changing operation their beauty becomes complete.” stated Armenian Deputy Health Minister Tatul Hakobyan.  As a result of such rehabilitation operations the children acquire not only a smile but also new friends and new opportunities.

A young beneficiary and her aunt

Credit : Celine Kaladjian

FAR covers the transportation, accommodation and food expenses of the patients from the Armenian  regions. This initiative is a result of team work, thanks to which, in our cozy corner of the big world, more than hundred new smiles will appear.