Archive for the ‘Vanadzor Old Age Home’ Category


[Vanadzor Old Age Home]: Sahan Arzruni visits FAR Vanadzor Old Age Home.

December 16, 2010

Recently, master pianist Shahan Arzruni visited Armenia to perform a concert in the Aram Khachaturian Museum. During his stay, he also visited Vanadzor Old Age Home, where he talked to the residents and became closely acquainted with life at VOAH. All were happy to once again meet their supporter, thanks to whose immediate support has financed the operations at VOAH for the past 10 years.

Shahan Arzruni Performing a Concert in Armenia


Credit: Felix Arustamyan

Sahan Arzruni, nephew of Sirvart Karamanuk, is the chairman of the Kevork and Sirvart Karamanuk Foundation. Within the framework of the Fund for Armenian Relief, the sponsorship of VOAH has been carried out by the Kevork and Sirvart Karamanuk Foundation. The foundation is also supportive of many active charitable programs in Armenia as well as educational institutions in Turkey.

Shahan Arzruni with Amalya Mayrig

Shahan Artsruni_with Amalya Mayrig

Credit: FAR Staff

Kevork Karamanuk (1907-2002) was a shrewd and determined businessman who wouldn’t let anyone stand in the way of his goal to better his community.

Sirvart Karamanuk (1912-2008) is a renowned composer who has composed more than one hundred vocal works, including many choral compositions and children’s songs.

Bagrat Sargsyan, Shahan Arzruni &
Tigran Kocharyan (from left to right)

Bagrat Sargsyan_Shahan Arzruni_Tigran Kocharyan

Credit: FAR Staff

The Karamanuks are also recognized for their special love of education; they have supported the enlargement of the Ferikoy School, one of the best known Armenian Schools in Turkey.

Shahan Arzruni with VOAH Residents
Rafik Hovhannisyan and Hrachik Ohanyan

Shahan Arzruni with VOAH Residents

Credit: FAR Staff

They have also founded multiple scholarships available to Armenian students at the local educational institutions. In addition, they’ve helped to renovate the music library of the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan and the Aram Khachaturian Museum in Yerevan.

Shahan Arzruni with VOAH Director
Tigran Kocharyan & Resident Shavarsh Sahakyan

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Currently, the Vanadzor Old Age Home offers shelter and safe haven to 55 elderly Armenians. Nearly 30 employees look after them with care and love.


[VOAH]: Students Benefit from Experience at Vanadzor Old Age Home.

November 5, 2010

By Gayane Gevorgyan

Between October 4th and 30th, the students from Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute’s Department of Social Pedagogy and Psychology spent time volunteering at the Vanadzor Old Age Home.

Students With Their Teachers
During Practice At Vanadzor Old Age Home


Credit: Gayane Gevorgyan

Students were divided into two groups and worked under the supervision of teachers and psychologists. Department lecturer Anahit Mkhitaryan and psychologists Anahit Petrosyan, Anna Gevorgyan and Vardan Ayvazyan, led the first professional group. The second group’s leader was Tatevik Malumyan. Assistant Director Gayane Gevorgyan and Psychologist Tatevik Grigoryan also gladly collaborated with students.

The Old Age Home Residents Enjoy
The Students Company


Credit: Gayane Gevorgyan

This kind of experience is very important for the professional development of future teachers, sociologists and psychologists. During this short period, the students were able to learn about the day-to-day operations of VOAH, its organizational structure and the methods staff use to work with the elderly. Students spent time communicating with the residents, organizing individual psychological work, implementing various research methods, making valuable observations and meeting with staff members. The practice was very effective and the support of the leaders, as well as attentive attitude and readiness of VOAH employees, was very helpful for the students. It will be great if they have the opportunity to obtain such practical experience on an on-going basis.

Students and VOAH Residents


Credit: Gayane Gevorgyan

VOAH Director Tigran Kocharyan,
Residents and Students
At the Entrance of the Old Age Home


Credit: Gayane Gevorgyan


[Vanadzor Old Age Home]: Together. With Books.

October 5, 2010

Since 1988, Anahit Kocharyan, director of Lori’s regional library, has helped to supply endless reading material to the residents of FAR’s Vanadzor Old Age Home. Books, newspapers and magazines all help fill the residents’ hours. And they love it.


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One resident, Seda, a former teacher, is now bedridden but lives through her books. She may have been the first to read the newly issued “Vanadzor Mosaic” weekly. Other VOAH residents like Kolya, Raffi, Ashot and Rafik while away the hours with fiction. And of course Nina continues reading her beloved romance novels.


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The project is implemented by the library’s social work department, which is headed by Anitsa Genjyan. VOAH Social worker Tatevik Grigoryan is responsible for organizing the service works. He also organizes readings for residents with sight deficiency.


Credit: FAR Staff


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[Vanadzor Old Age Home]: A bright day at VOAH.

April 17, 2010

As tradition has it, FAR’s Mathevosian scholars pay a visit to the Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) at least once a year. The latest visit was pretty remarkable. More than 40 students dropped by to see the residents this week. In addition to spending time with them and exchanging stories, the students took part in a cohesive effort to brighten up the grounds. They cleaned, painted, tidied up the yard, and planted trees and rose bushes. Students from Yerevan Conservatory — recipients of FAR’s Sayan scholarships — topped the day off with a beautiful concert enjoyed by all.

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Credit: FAR Staff