Posts Tagged ‘children of armenia sponsorship program’

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[CSFC]: FAR’s Programs Reunite Three Sisters.

July 12, 2010

FAR’s child protection staff recently reunited a family after two young teenagers (both 14 and 15 years old respectively) were referred to the Children’s Support Foundation Center (CSFC) in Yerevan. Their single father, unemployed, broke, and unable to care for them, left them at the Child Protection Night Care Center of Kapan, which closed down shortly thereafter.

After coming to CSFC, the girls told staff about an older sister they hadn’t seen in more than 10 years. After careful research, CSFC specialists discovered that she’s now a student at Yerevan University who grew up in the Gavar Orphanage. She’s currently supported through FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship Program, which enables older orphans to pursue higher education.

Together at last, these girls will receive continued support from the FAR programs that reunited them.

Two sisters arriving at the Children Center

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[CSFC]: Supporters and Children Dance at CSFC.

July 2, 2010

Several members of the Circle of Friends — a donor support group for FAR’s Children’s Support Foundation Center (CSFC) — recently paid a visit to the center. As members of the “Hequiat” Dance Show Group, they spent the day teaching the children how to dance. They shared snacks and had a wonderful day.

“We knew about this center. We knew about these children, but not as much as now,” said one Circle member. “We will come more and give them even more of an outlet for fun and creativity. Eventually, some may integrate with our group later and once day we might even dance together on the big stage.”

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: Avagyan M.

June 30, 2010

Seventeen-year-old Avagyan M. lives with his mother and sisters in a small house in Ninotsminda, Javakhk, where they barely make ends meet. Avagyan and his family moved to Javakhk from Russia nine years ago after his father was killed in a car accident. While his mother initially found work at a local sewing factory, she eventually had to stop due to health problems.

Today, the family tries to grow their own potatoes to survive the winter and Avagyan and his sisters constantly look for odd jobs whenever they can. Despite the hardships, Avagyan tries his best to excel in school and at sports like soccer and biking. Now in tenth grade, he has received many academic awards for his grades. Avagyan was one of the recent recipients of a Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend during the recent CASP distribution in Javakhk.

This vital support will help Avagyan and his family purchase the necessities they need, and will ultimately enable Avagyan to continue to stay in school, graduate, and become a professional.

Avagyan with his mother

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[CASP]: Playing Soccer at the Camp.

June 29, 2010

Boys of the CASP Summer camp in Syunik playing soccer

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: Yeghisabet and Karen D.

June 28, 2010

Yeghisabet and Karen D. live in the suburb of Akhalkalak, their house perched on the edge of a gorge. They live with their mother, who struggles to provide for her family. Yeghisabet, known as “Ani” at home, is 13 years old and in the 7th grade. Karen, 12, is in the 6th grade. Karen’s hobby is sculpting with plaster and for two years he attended the local school of fine art, where his work was shown in many local exhibitions. Ani loves working with handicrafts, particularly embroidery, at the local youth center. Many of her works have also been shown in the center’s exhibitions. She also loves playing the piano. Both children are excellent students who are currently preparing for their annual exams.

They were some of the latest recipients of the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend during the recent CASP distribution in Javakhk, Georgia. This support will help Ani, Karen, and their mother to purchase the necessities they need. CASP will ultimately enable Ani and Karen to continue to stay in school and cultivate their creativity.

Yeghisabet & Karen D.

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Yeghisabet playing the piano

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: Syuzanna C.

June 17, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Syuzanna C. was another recent recipient of a Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend during the recent June CASP distribution in Javakhk.

Now in the 10th grade, Syuzanna is very interested in design. She loves to embroider and some of her tablecloths and napkins have been entered in competitions in Tbilisi and Akhaltskha, where she has received several awards and certificates. Her wish is to continue her education in Yerevan.

Syuzanna lives with her mother and two sisters and their husbands. Her father and uncle died in a car accident when Syuzanna was two years old. The family has struggled ever since. Syuzanna’s mother works as a packing specialist at the local sewing factory, but her salary is too low to cover the cost of food, clothes, and other expenses. The family has tried to grow their own food in the small lot in front of their house, but have been unable to cultivate it. The CASP stipend will provide some much needed assistance to this family, and one day contribute to funding Syuzanna’s education in Yerevan.

Syuzanna in the yard behind the house she lives in

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[CASP]: CASP Reaches More Than 100 Children in Javahkh.

June 14, 2010

Between May 27 and June 3, FAR distibuted stipends through the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) to 102 children in the Javakhk region of Georgia. In Akhalkalak, the distribution was handled at the Vicarage of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and in Ninotsminda at the Surb Sargis Church. Distribution was organized by Lusine Muradyan, Hayr Datev Marukyan, and Hayr Armash, who head CASP efforts in Javakhk. In addition, all of the children received school bag gifts presented by the Women’s Guild of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese).

CASP provides stipends donated by members of the Diaspora to Armenian children in need. This support is invaluable, as it enables orphaned or single-parent children to attend school, purchase school supplies, or help feed their families.

Hayr Armash & beneficiaries
in yard of Ninotsminda Surb Sargis Church

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Profile]: Hasmik Gevorgyan.

June 11, 2010

Hasmik Gevorgyan lives with her family in the small town of Meghri, near the Iranian border. Plagued with a poor economy and rampant unemployment, most families in the area have great difficulty making ends meet. Hasmik and her family have struggled for years ever since her father Gevorg was killed in a car accident in 2007. The sole breadwinner of the family, Gevorg left behind seven children, two of who are handicapped.

The family lives on the ground floor of a building next to St. Astvadzadzin Church of Meghri and relies entirely on the state’s allowance for the handicapped sons and Hasmik’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) stipend. Hasmik learned about CASP Program in Sunday school. She applied for it in 2008 and the support has been tremendous, as it helps feed the entire family.

Hasmik (second from the right) and her family

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Hasmik and her little sister in the yard

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiaries Portraits]: Lilia N.

June 1, 2010

Lilia N. was born in 1994, after her parents Vitalik and Anjela fled Azerbaijan during the Nargorno-Karabagh War. They settled in the town of Sisian, Armenia, where they spent seven years living in a cramped dormitory. Lilia and her older brother Vazgen were born during that time. Soon after, Vitalik contracted a spinal illness as a result of his war injuries, became bedridden, and died in 1999. Anjela, who is a high school Russian teacher, had to single handedly support her family.

“It was not easy to raise two children on a teacher’s salary” Anjela said. “I did the best I could for my children. I was both a mother and a father for them.”

In 2001, her family were finally able to move into a one-room apartment in a special building for refugees. The apartment, however, lacked some basic amenities, but the family has done their best to make it as livable as possible. Now, Vazgen is in the Armenian Army and Lilia is in the tenth grade of secondary school. An excellent student, Lilia also loves working with flowers and incorporates this art into her classes. For the past two years, Lilia and her family have received support through the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP), financed by the Women’s Guild of Armenian Church in America (Eastern Diocese). Lilia’s stipend makes a huge difference for their family and relieves some of the Anjela’s financial strain.

“I am very happy to receive such support,” Lilia said. “In letters to my benefactors I expressed my wish for all Armenians in the Diaspora to visit and explore their homeland, and also witness the success and achievements of their sponsored children in Armenia.”

Lilia and her mother

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Portraits]: Nonna B.

May 24, 2010

Nonna B.’s life has been filled with tragedy. Her father Gor was killed in a car accident on one of Syunik’s twisting roads when she was just three years old. Her mother Hermine then moved in with her parents for extra support. Later, her grandfather was killed in a robbery.

Nonna is now 15 and in 9th grade at the Kapan Secondary School. She is also a member of the “Erik Dance” ensemble. This ensemble was recognized as the winner in the Republican competition held in Yerevan in 2008, at which Nona received a nomination as the best dancer of the year. She also takes additional lessons to help refine her skills.

Hermine does her best to take care of Nonna but still struggles. Unemployment is rampant and Hermine is unable to find work to truly support her daughter. In May 2010, Nonna and Hermine received a CASP stipend for the first time. This additional support helps them make ends meet and Hermine can now buy the right clothes and shoes for Nonna. She is also extremely grateful for the kind support from the Diaspora.

Nonna

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Credit: FAR Staff