Posts Tagged ‘development’


[FAR Scholarships]: Mathevosian Medical Residents To Be Selected Later This Month.

July 8, 2010

Students graduating from Yerevan State Medical University convened in the university’s main conference hall last week to learn about how to complete their clinical residencies. FAR used this opportunity to share information about the Mathevosian Scholarship Program, which specifically supports students who are pursuing their studies at Yerevan State University. All YSMU medical students were encouraged to apply. Applicants will be selected at the end of July.


Credit: FAR Staff


[Web Wrap]: Road to Recovery: Armenia Upbeat on Growth Prospects, IMF Shares Optimism.

June 11, 2010

Via ArmeniaNow

Armenia is considering a more optimistic growth scenario this year after showing a faster-than-expected recovery from last year’s steep economic decline so far this year.

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said on Thursday that the anti-crisis measures taken by his government have yielded positive results helping the country overcome its worst recession in years.

Armenia’s economy had been expanding at a double-digit rate since 2001, but the growth ended last year and gave way to a 14.4 percent decline amid the deepening fallout from the global economic recession. At the end of last year the government forecast a modest 1.2 percent economic growth for 2010. The 7.2 percent year-on-year growth posted for January-April this year has provided grounds for expecting a higher full-year growth.

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Students at GTech,
one of FAR’s economic development programs


Credit: Felix Arustamyan


[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


Credit: FAR Staff


[CSFC]: Round table addresses problem of teenager trafficking in Armenia.

March 4, 2010

Recently, a Round Table entitled “Trafficking of Teenagers” was organized at FARs Children Support Center in Yerevan. This second of hopefully many discussions was conducted after the Center concluded from its experience that the problem of trafficking tends to increase in Armenia. FARs Children Support Center proposes that the issue needs to be professionally examined. Consequently, steps should be taken to stop this alarming development.

Participants of this Round Table discussion were Ms. Dzyunik Aghajanyan, Head of the RA National Committee on Trafficking Affairs, several Heads of Departments of RA Social Affairs Ministry, representatives from the RA Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Science and Education, and the Armenian Police Department. Prior to the Round Table, another meeting had been held at the Center, with participation of corresponding professionals from Yerevan Municipality’s Children Rights Protection Department and various Administrative Regions of the capital.

The Round table discussed a range of issues and those present expressed serious concerns related to the rapidly growing number of child trafficking in Armenia. It was decided to regularly organize such meetings sharing experience and available data to determine a appropriate course of action.

Ani, a child at FARs Children Support Center


Credit: FAR Staff

[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


[GTech]: World Bank Delegation and Armenian Economic Ministry Members Visit GTech

February 23, 2010

On February 17, 2010 a delegation from the World Bank and the Armenian Ministry of the Economy visited the Gyumri IT Center (GTech). They met with representatives of several Gyumri and Yerevan-based businesses. During the session, meeting attendees discussed business issues related to the development of an IT industry in the northern region of Armenia.

In order to expand Armenia’s IT sector from Yerevan to the regions, the government plans to build a techno park in Gyumri. Economic Minister Nerses Yeritsyan expressed his belief that FAR’s GTech plays an important role in realizing a regional IT base. Currently, GTech is the only successfully operating entity in northern Armenia that has found employment opportunities for those in the IT sector, and attracted businesses to a region starved for employers. GTech maintains a program that delivers well-paying jobs through a combination of market-based education, new business incubation and business collaboration, resulting in the strengthened economic viability of an entire region.

Gurgen Paronyan, the executive director of GTech, noted that “GTech has already proven its basic concept of providing a workforce for technology companies that want to open branches in Gyumri. GITC will also be able to develop products for companies which are interested in outsourcing development to locations that can produce quality products within a very competitive budget.” The representatives from the World Bank mentioned that 24 million USD will be targeted to the development of IT infrastructure in Yerevan, including the techno park project.


[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