Posts Tagged ‘armenia’


[Armenian Life]:

January 8, 2011

A new take on folk.

Ruben Sasunci feat. Aratta – Sasna Par


[Web Wrap]: Ianyan Magazine’s Year in Review.

January 8, 2011

Highlights from Ianyan. Because we like it so much.

By Liana Aghajanian via Ianyan Magazine

As we descend into the final hours of 2010, here is a look back at what ianyan brought you this year, from a review on HBO’s Jack Kevorkian biopic, to the cultural stigma experienced by gay Armenians, volunteering in Armenia, reactions to an elevated child abuse case and more. A heartfelt thank you to all who shared, commented, linked and emailed, our greatest motivator is the audience we serve. We are excited to see what stories 2011 holds. Health and happiness to you and yours.

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Credit: Liana Aghajanian via Ianyan Magazine


[FAR Sponsorships]: My Hope: More Support For Aygepar.

January 7, 2011

By Eduard Karapetyan

The village of Aygepar, located in Armenia’s Tavush region, was founded in 1937. Prior to the Karabagh War it was home to several successful factories where the local workforce produced wine, cigarettes and canned goods. War, however, caused death and economic collapse and many residents temporarily fled the area for safety.

Village Aygepar

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

Many young families have since returned and others are continuing to re-build their lives, despite the fact that the factories have not reopened, there’s little job opportunity, a shortage of water, and violence is still ever-present. But even the slightest hope for improvement and peace in this area inspires residents, according to Mayor Andranik Ayginyan, 36. “There are other many difficulties, but we will not leave our land,” he said.

The Azerbaijan Border Lies
Several Meters From the Village Aygepar

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

FAR visited this town in December, where we delivered Christmas presents to the children of Aygepar’s sole kindergarten. Ecstatic, the children sang songs, danced and recited poems for us during our stay.

The kindergarten is in disrepair, of course, but it’s obvious that it is maintained through love and devotion of its staff and teachers. Here, everything is done with love.

Aygepar  Kindergarten

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan

Currently, the town’s population totals 736. Only a road separates Aygepar from the neighboring village of Alibeyli (pop 2,600) in Azerbaijan. Sniper fire from Azeri troops still pierces the area and many of these children have to take alternative routes to school through the backyards of neighbors’ homes when the situation becomes especially tense.

Having witnessed all of this last month, I strongly hope to spark the attention of kind people, benefactors and different organizations willing to support this blockaded, but beautiful little village. Every child has the right to leave in peaceful conditions, regardless his or her nationality, ethnicity or beliefs.

My wish is for Aygepar to have peace.

Kids of  Aygepar  Kindergarten

Credit: Eduard Karapetyan


[Armenian Life]

December 19, 2010

Another Hayastan montage to check out.



[Armenian Life]

December 18, 2010

Live from the Cascades!

Gor Mkhitarian & Reincarnation – “Sasuntsiner”


[Web Wrap]: AVC Volunteers Foster Service, Leadership, and Community in Armenia.

September 22, 2010

Via The Armenian Weekly

YEREVAN—Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan once said, “No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.” President Barack Obama recently concurred: “The need for action always exceeds the limits of government.” The Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC) wholeheartedly agrees and apparently so do the volunteers who come to Armenia from all over the world.

Forty-three volunteers, from 21-55 years of age, came to Armenia this summer from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Jordan, and the United States. They served in governmental, private and non-profit sectors including, but not limited to, the Gyumri IT Center, Historic Armenian Houses, Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets, Gyumri Healthy Center, Caritas Armenia, Civilitas Foundation, Manana Youth Center, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Erebuni Hospital, ReAnimania Yerevan International Animation Film Festival, National Competitiveness Foundation, Journalists Club Asparez, Shirak Regional Museum of Archeology, Center for Health Services Research, American University of Armenia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic, and the list goes on.

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The Gyumri Information Technology Center (GTech)


Credit: FAR Staff


[Web Wrap]: Akhtamar Mass – Liturgy, But No Peace Without a Cross at Landmark Religious Service in Turkey.

September 20, 2010

By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow

For the first time in nearly a century Armenian Christians have had a religious service in a 10th-century church on the Lake Van island of Akhtamar, in what now is eastern Turkey.

The September 19 Liturgy at the Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church was conducted by Archbishop Aram Ateshian, the Armenian Patriarchal Vicar of Constantinople. Service went on, despite the absence of a cross on the dome of the church — a holy indicator for all Armenian churches.

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Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Church in Van


Credit: Photolure via ArmenianNow