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[FAR Schools]: Ounjian School Continues to Grow.

July 31, 2010

Although construction has already been in progress for five months, an opening ceremony dedicated to the launch of the Ounjian School’s new sub building was held on July 8 in honor of its chief supporter Dr. Hovhannes (John) Ounjian’s the arrival at the project site.

The former N21 secondary school, which was completely ruined after the 1988 earthquake, was reconstructed due to the generous benevolence of Dr. Ounjian, who is from New York and also an honorable citizen of Gyumri. The school is named after the benefactor’s parents Armenak and Yeghisabet Ounjian.

Dr. Ounjian also undertook the expenses of the reinforcement and renovation of the school’s sub building, which will contain new classrooms, a library, and language room.

The Reverend Father Tateos Abdalian, a representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America (Eastern Diocese), opened the ceremony with a hearty blessing. During his welcome speech, FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan recognized Dr. Ounjian’s mission in Gyumri, which enables 450 children study in favorable conditions. Since 2002, nearly 150 school graduates have also obtained higher education thanks to the support of Ounjian Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Ounjian, Shirak Regional Governor Ashot Giziryan, and several program executives carved their signatures in the wall of one of the rooms to commemorate the ceremony.

Several guests attended, including Armenia’s Deputy Regional Governor, FAR Programs Director Arto Vorperian, who was visiting from the USA, FAR Shirak Department Director Marina Bazayeva, ACYOA APS group members, students, teachers, and journalists.

Shortly after the schoolchildren’s acknowledgement speeches, Dr. Ounjian promised to support the school so that it will one day be rated as the best educational institution in the Republic of Armenia.

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: His Holiness Karekin II meets with representatives of FAR.

April 15, 2010

On Monday, April 12, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received the Fund for Armenian Relief’s executive director Garnik Nanagoulian and FAR’s Armenia country director Bagrat Sargsyan at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

His Holiness Karekin II congratulated FAR on its accomplishments and its effort to alleviate the numerous social hardships that impact Armenians in the motherland.

He was especially pleased with FAR’s collaboration with the parishes of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, as well as the Dioceses in Armenia. FAR is working actively to build on these relationships. Since its establishment under the umbrella of the Eastern Diocese, the organization has become one of the leading American NGO’s working in Armenia. FAR’s staff members are now working to establish an effective framework that will develop and maintain productive and mutually beneficial partnerships between FAR and the parishes in the Eastern Diocese.

In the future, FAR plans to further a dialogue with young people. FAR’s Hayastani Kidak Society already works closely with parishes in the Diocese to help young Armenians to discover their own Armenia. FAR has been hosting events in conjunction with local parishes and their ACYOA Senior members to introduce young people to the trip.

His Holiness Karekin II received
Garnik Nanagoulian and Bagrat Sargsyan
at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on April 12


Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: Christmas Celebration!

January 27, 2010

At the end of December, FAR’s CME (Continuing Medical Education) program trainers, as well as the FAR FAA (Fellows Alumni Association) members gathered together to celebrate the closing of another year.  As part of the Christmas reception, medical professionals from various institutions in Yerevan participated in a tour of the Yerevan Brandy Company.  After the tour, the group convened to recap the year’s accomplishments for FAR’s CME Program, and to discuss action items for 2010 and beyond.  FAR’s Bagrat Sargsyan was happy to attend, and expressed his gratitude, on behalf of FAR, to all physicians involved in the program for their hard work and devotion to training a new generation of medical professionals in Armenia.

CME Trainers Tour the Yerevan Medical Factory

Credit: FAR Staff

CME Trainers Pose for a Group Photo

Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York Office]: FAR’s Bagrat Sargsyan Travels to the United States

November 19, 2009

FAR’s very own Bagrat Sargsyan and USAID Program Manager Karen Sargsyan recently returned from their trip to the United States, and they shared their stories with the FAR staff during a meeting held at the Yerevan office on November 10th.    During their trip, Bagrat and Karen participated in a weeklong training program in Washington D.C., and attended many meetings in both Washington and New York.

Bagrat enjoyed meetings with FAR benefactors including Jirair Nishanian, Anoush Mathevosian, John Ounjian, Annette Choolfaian, and Shahan Artsruni among others.   The meetings were quite productive, and it was critical for Bagrat to liaise with some of FAR’s most generous benefactors.  The FAR staff was happy to hear the positive reports!

FAR’s Bagrat Sargsyan and Arto Vorperian
with Anush Mathevosian

Credit:  FAR Staff


[Beneficiary Potraits]: Sergey Gasparyan

November 11, 2009

Dr. Sergey Gasparyan is one of the many physicians who was able to make a difference in his community after participating in FAR’s Continuing Medical Education Program (CME).  We were fortunate to catch up with Dr. Gasparyan in September 2009, during his visit to Yerevan as part of the CME Program.

Born in Kapan in Syunik, Sergey completed his studies in 1998 and was employed as a pediatrician in the hospital of town Kajaran, in his native region. “At the beginning of 1990s, during the Karabagh War there was urgent need for anesthesiologist in our region,” remembered Sergey.  Therefore, in 1992, Sergey decided to participate in a six-month training program at the National Heath Institute in Armenia, receiving qualification as an anesthesiologist with an expertise in resuscitation.

Sergey During His Training

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Credit: FAR Staff

After returning to Kapan, Sergey worked at the local health center as an anesthesiologist, and was given the opportunity to be a part of our CME program. Commenting on the program, Sergey noted “One of the noticeable differences is that FAR’s training program is free, and therefore affordable for physicians from the regions. Another important difference was the serious and responsible approach of the physician-leader/lecturer.”

Sergey recalled an interesting story from his CME experience:

During his time in the program, a serious accident had taken place in Dilijan, requiring the attention of an experienced physician from the capital. Emil Vardapetyan, a trainer from the CME program who was also a physician in Yerevan, was called to the task.  Sergey was the mentee of Dr. Vardapetyan at the time, and together they visited Dilijan.  Sergey was honored to be part of this emergency service, and he regards his acquaintance with other physicians from various Armenian regions as one of the most important achievements of CME.

Sergey With Other CME Trainees

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: ACYOA and FAR Partner for 2010 Armenia Service Program

October 30, 2009

On Tuesday, October 27, members of the Fund for Armenian Relief staff met with Diocesan Vicar Very Rev. Fr. Haigazoun Najarian and ACYOA Executive Secretary Nancy Basmajian to formalize plans for the 2010 ACYOA Armenia Service Program (ASP), which will now focus volunteering efforts on FAR projects in Gyumri.

Since 1995, the ASP, which is organized by the ACYOA Central Council, has included a service component, allowing participants to volunteer at children’s summer camps in Yeghegnadzor and Vanadzor, Armenia. Recently, the ACYOA Central Council decided to offer assistance to FAR programs in Gyumri.

“We wanted to go in a different direction with our service next summer and, at the Primate’s suggestion, we turned to FAR,” said Nancy Basmajian. “They are doing extraordinary work in Armenia. We’re very pleased with the partnership and the possibilities.”

After spending a few days in Yerevan, the ASP group will travel to Gyumri, where they will work at FAR’s Ounjian School, which is undergoing renovations, and the FAR Soup Kitchen, which serves the city’s senior citizens. After a week in Gyumri, the group will travel to Vanadzor and Sevan before returning to Yerevan for the last leg of their journey.

The ASP is scheduled for June 29 to July 20, 2010. Additional details will be available next month. For information, contact Nancy Basmajian at

Arto Vorperian, FAR Projects Director;
Nancy Basmajian,  ACYOA Executive Secretary;
Very Rev. Fr. Haigazoun Najarian,  Diocesan Vicar;
Bagrat Sargsyan,  FAR’s Country Director;
Karen Sargsyan, FAR/USAID Project Chief of Party;
and Daniele Faye Sourian Sahr, FAR Project Coordinator


Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: FARFAA Reception at Yerevan Office

September 16, 2009

FAR FAA (Medical Fellowship Program) secures the participation of Armenian physicians in the International Salzburg Medical Seminars, which are held in Austria.  Additionally, FAR FAA allows each second-year participant to organizes satellite symposiums in Yerevan, on various topics related to modern medical science. The symposiums serve as an opportunity to raise awareness regarding modern medical innovations.

In early September, Dr. Phillis Dennery and Dr. Anne Ades of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia visited Armenia, after being invited by to speak at a FAR FAA symposium.  They lectured on neonatology, and Yerevan physicians discussed four local cases.

At the end of the symposium, FAR organized a reception at the Yerevan office. The reception was a huge success, and attendees included the American guests, Armenian physicians, and Salzburg seminar alumni.

Dr. Phillis Dennery and Dr. Anne Ades
of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia visited FAR while in Armenia

At exibition

Credit: FAR Staff