Posts Tagged ‘children development’

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[Meet Our Staff]: Gohar Karginyan.

March 10, 2010

Gohar Karginyan has been working at the FAR Children Support Center since its inception ten years ago. She graduated from Yerevan Pedagogical College and later became a professional chef. Prior to joining the Children Center she worked in a kindergarten and other public canteens.

“As soon as I started to work at FARs Children Center, I got an opportunity to use both of my professions simultaneously” said Gohar with a smile. Certainly, her work does not stop with the cooking of delicious dishes. She uses the prepared meals to educate the children sheltered at the Center about food. Every child enjoys a very individualized approach to significantly improve their eating habits after newcomers have sometimes starved for months in a row before coming to the Center. Gohar treats every child like a mother, realizing that many of them had been deprived of parental care.

“Eating is not the most important thing, more important is how to eat,” said Gohar. The children sheltered by the Center learn the elementary basics on how to enjoy their food. With the help of Gohar everybody gets acquainted with the secrets of a great local kitchen. Moreover, the children also learn how to cook.

Naturally, it is not a coincidence that Gohar Karginyan has been awarded the title “Best employee of the Children Support Center,” not once but twice.

Gohar Karginyan

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[CSFC]: Visit from Silva Hakobyan, Armenian Pop Singer

February 23, 2010

The members of the Children’s Center “Circle of Friends” group of supporters remains very active at the center, and its members visit the center frequently. On January 11th, famous young Armenian pop singer Silva Hakobyan visited the children. She brought them candy and toys, as well as CDs of her music. The children were thrilled to spend an unforgettable day with Ms. Hakobyan, dancing and  singing away!

Silva Hakobyan with Children at the Center

Credit: FAR Staff

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[CSFC]: New Year’s Celebration at the Children Center

February 19, 2010

Most people like to celebrate the New Year with close friends and family. FAR’s Children’s Center staff and it’s supporters have become like family for the children residing at the center. On December 29th, a group of Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens (Dzmer Pap and Dzyunanush) visited the Center, in order to help the children celebrate the New Year. The visit was organized by Mrs. Javahir Tsarukyan, a member of the Center’s “Circle of Friends.” The party began in the afternoon with New Year songs, and it continued with plays, dances, and gifts.  The celebration was a uplifting experience for the children, and FAR thanks the Circle of Friends for making the party possible.

Children Perform a Play for the New Year’s Celebration

Credit: FAR Staff

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[CROC]: Children’s Center Annual Holiday Fundraiser

December 28, 2009

The Children’s Center Council of Friends held their second annual holiday charity dinner earlier this month.  The dinner took place at the chic Ojakh restaurant in Yerevan.  The council of Friends is a group of government officials, civil servants, and members of Armenia’s businesscommunity who support FAR’s Children’s Center.

Singer Mro, Bella Kotcharyan, and Mira Antonian

Credit: FAR Staff

Mrs. Bella Kotcharyan, Armenia’s former first lady, opened the program by thanking all supporters of FAR’s Children’s Center.  The beneficiary children provided entertainment for the guests, and charitable contributions totaled to almost 5.5 million AMD.  In early 2010, The Children’s Center and the Council of Friends will propose a plan for the allocation of the funds.

Beneficiaries from FAR’s Children’s Center

Credit: FAR Staff



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[CSFC]: Beneficiaries stories

August 21, 2009

Gayane* is seventeen years old.  A few months ago, she knocked at the door of FAR’s Homeless Children Center seeking help.  For several years, she has withstood being abuse by family members.  One day, she decided to change her life.

She gathered her courage and left her house without letting anyone know about her plans.  She had nothing to lose and as she saw it, things could only get better for her.

And she was right.  She found shelter at the Homeless Children Center, and after a few weeks, she confided to the center’s psychologist that the Center helped her to feel like a respectable adult with a future full of possibilities.

Beneficiaries from the Children Center

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian

* For reasons of privacy the name has been changed.