Posts Tagged ‘beneficiaries’

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Donation Made for Vanadzor Orphanage and Nubarashen Special School

January 18, 2010

This Christmas, FAR was happy to accept the generous donations of Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Mary Haratounian.   As a result of their generosity, FAR was able to implement some initiatives in the Vanadzor Orphanage as well as the Nubarashen Special School.  Gas Pressure Regulation equipment was purchased for the Vanadzor Orphanage, which should lead to a significant cost savings as well as an improvement in the natural gas supply.  Additionally, a water tank was installed to temporarily supply water to the orphanage kitchen.  At the Nubarashen Special School, FAR purchased  warm winter shoes for the children, and a vacuum cleaner for the school.  These incremental improvements in FAR’s facilities help to keep more children happy and healthy, and we greatly appreciate the support of our benefactors.

Presentation of Shoes and Vaccum at Nubarashen

Credit: FAR Staff

Children Trying on their New Shoes

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: John Thomas Gift Distribution Beneficiary – Sevan Poghosyan

January 13, 2010

By Margarita Piliposyan

Sevan Poghosyan is 4 years old, and he lives in the Tavush region with his family.  His family, consisting of his mother and grandparents, lives in a house which has been built only halfway.  The family owns one cow, but does not even have a small plot of land to farm.  The family’s main income is the grandparents’ pension.  Stories like these display how John Thomas’ contributions (see January 5th Story) are much needed in the targeted region.  The Christmas gift pack made Sevan very happy, and FAR is very thankful to donors who give us the opportunity to improve the lives of less fortunate children who live in the more remote regions of Armenia.

Sevan with his Mother and Grandmother

Credit: FAR Staff

Father Aram at Home with Sevan and his Mother

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: John Thomas Gift Distribution Beneficiary – Suren Grigoryan

January 12, 2010

By Margarita Piliposyan

During a recent distribution of Christmas gifts to children in the Shamshadin region (please see January 5th story), the FAR staff had a chance to visit the homes of two of the beneficiaries, both living in the Tavush region, situated close to the Azeri border.  The conditions in these children’s homes was quite poor.  Today, we will highlight Suren Grigoryan, and tomorrow, we will post a story on another beneficiary, Sevan Poghosyan.

Suren Grigoryan is nine years old, and he lives with his mother and grandparents.  He attends school, and is in the fifth grade.  When he is not in school, he enjoys drawing and singing.  He relies on his grandmother to teach him Armenian folk songs.  The family makes ends meet by raising a cow for milk and tending to a small plot of land upon which they grow vegetables for their own consumption.

Suren Gathers Wood for the Family Stove

Credit: FAR Staff

Suren’s grandparents are retired, and their small pension is the main source of income for the family.  Despite his young age, Suren helps the family: he works on the plot and tends to the cow.  Of course, Suren does these tasks while maintaining his studies.  Suren was two when his father passed away.  He does not remember his father, but he maintains a loving idea of him and keeps his father’s photo on his desk.  Suren dreams of becoming a soldier in the Armenian Army, defending our nation’s borders.

Suren at Home with his Mother and Grandparents

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: CASP Beneficiaries Rafayel and Irina Stepanyan

December 30, 2009

Rafayel and Irina Stepanyan live with their mother and grandmother in the city of Akhlkalak in Javakhk, Georgia. Their mother works at a shop in town, and earns barely enough to make ends meet. Often, they can’t afford to buy medicine for the children’s ailing grandmother.

Irina is in the ninth grade and Rafayel in the fifth grade. Irina is an exceptional student, and hopes to continue her formal education after high school. However, the family’s poverty is quite overwhelming. Rafayel is fond of sports, and enjoys playing football with his peers. With great pleasure, Rafayel and Irina help their mother with all of the housework.

The children were elated to receive the CASP stipend, and they express their deepest gratitude to the benefactors.  There are many children in need in Armenia and Javakhk.  FAR is trying to reach as many of them as possible, and out effectiveness will increase with your support.

CASP Beneficiaries at the Surb Khatch Church

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: CASP Beneficiary Katya Galstyan

December 29, 2009

Katya Galstyan lives with her grandmother and uncle’s family in Javakhk’s Khospio village.  She is 13 years old, and attends high school.  In 2001, Katya’s family left for Russia, in order to find work there. Unfortunately, her father died in 2003, forcing her mother to return back to Javakhk with her two infant daughters.  A year later, Katya’s mother left again for Russia, seeking medical care for Katya’s sister, who suffers from a severe disease affecting her limbs.

Katya has not seen her mother in five years.  Her mother is unable to return to Javakhk due to the Russia-Georgia conflict, and therefore works in Russia hardly making a living.  Sometimes, she sends money for Katya.  Katya’s uncle and his wife are unemployed, and her grandmother receives a monthly pension of $45.  The family makes a living by growing potatoes.

Katya is a good student, and loves to dance.  The family cannot afford to send her to Akhalkalak to take dance classes so she stages dances at home and performs for her family.   Katya has not yet decided what she wants to become when grows up. Her only dream is to grow up, work, make money and bring her mom back home. CASP and FAR work to make life for adolescents like Katya a little easier.

A CASP Distribution in Javakhk

Credit: FAR Staff

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[Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program]: Jerair Nishanian Provides Christmas Gifts to Scholarship Recipients

December 21, 2009

For the last few years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has provided a few lucky students with the gift of an education.  Each year, through FAR, the foundation sponsors approximately fifty students who are working towards their degrees at Gavar State University.  Recently, FAR’s Edward Karapetyan and Levon Lachikyan visited Gavar to meet with some of the program’s beneficiaries.

Main Building of the Gavar State University

Credit: FAR Staff

The scholarship recipients, all of whom maintain stellar academic records, gave the FAR staff thank-you notes addressed to the benefactor, in an effort to show their gratitude to Mr. Nishanian.  As a Christmas gift, Mr. Nishanian mandated that his foundation provide each current scholarship recipient 10,000 Armenian Dram as Christmas present. FAR is very proud to have Mr. Nishanian as a benefactor, and we thank him for his continued support.

Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Beneficiaries

Credit: FAR Staff

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[CASP]: Javakhk Distributions Made

November 30, 2009

The most recent distribution for CASP beneficiaries in the Javakhk region was held last month.  An interesting feature of the Javakhk region distribution is that it happens during the harvesting season, when many of the beneficiaries are quite busy cultivating potatoes.  Therefore, the children and their families are available to receive their CASP stipends only after the workday is complete.

Father Tatev with CASP Beneficiaries
of the Soorp Khatch Church

Credit: FAR Staff

Vicar Father Babken Salbian from the Javakhk church, Father Armash, Father Tatev and CASP’s Javakhk Program contact Lusine Muradyan were responsible for the 99 cash stipends distributed to the CASP beneficiaries.  FAR thanks these individuals, as well as our generous donors, for their ongoing support.

Father Babgen and Father Armash with CASP Beneficiaries

Credit: FAR Staff