Posts Tagged ‘diaspora’

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[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 acyoa@armeniandiocese.org.

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

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR New York]: FAR Board Member Michael Haratounian Visits Armenia

October 28, 2009

This September, FAR’s Armenia office was proud to welcome FAR Board member Michael Haratounian, who visited Armenia with his wife Mrs. Mary Haratounian.

Michael and Mary Haratounian
With Gulamerian Students

With Gulamerian students

Credit: FAR Staff

During their visit, the Haratounians were entertained at the Armenian Ministry of Social and Labor Issues as well as the Ministry of Education and Science.  On behalf FAR, the Haratounians accepted the honors awarded to the national benefactor Harold Gulamerian. Later in their visit, Mr. and Mrs. Haratounian visited the Nubarashen Special School to admire the playroom and hallway, as well as the electricity and hot water supply systems, all renovated thanks to the Haratounian’s financial contributions to FAR.

Michael and Mary Haratounian
with Armen Ashotian, RA Minister of Education

Mr. & Mrs. Haratounians with Minister of Education Armen Ashotian

Credit: FAR Staff

The Haratounians were extremely impressed during their visit to GTech in Gyumri, and they admired the modern condition of the educational center.   Last but not least, the couple had an unforgettable visit with the Gulamerian Scholarship Program beneficiaries at Vanadzor Orphanage. A special concert had been organized for the guests, and the children presented them with a handicraft picture created from of silk thread.

Michael and Mary Haratounian at GTech

Mr. & Mrs. Haratounians at GITC

Credit: FAR Staff

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Hayastani Kidak Society Met at St. Leon’s Church

October 8, 2009

While summer just ended, it doesn’t feel too early to start thinking about traveling to Armenia next summer! At St. Leon’s Church in Fair Lawn, NJ, the Fund for Armenian Relief (“FAR”) had its Hayastani Kidak Society kick-off event with St. Leon’s ACYOA Seniors a couple weeks ago. Alumni from FAR’s recent Armenia trips came to meet and mingle with ACYOA members from throughout New Jersey. As those new to FAR’s offerings showed interest in next year’s journey to Hayastan, the get together also provided a wonderful opportunity to socialize across the Hudson, keep in touch with friends, and make a few new ones, too. The Hayastani Kidak Society will host more events with parishes in the upcoming months. Contact Daniele Faye Sourian Sahr at daniele@farusa.org for more information or join us on Facebook.

St. Leon’s ACYOA and Hayastani Kidak Kick Off

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR New York]: In Memoriam: Kevork S. Hovnanian (1923-2009)

October 2, 2009

Kevork Hovnanian and the Mayor of Stepanavan
laying the foundation stone for
a new construction in the earthquake rattled area,
donated and managed by Hovnanian Enterprises.

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR New York]: In Memoriam: Kevork S. Hovnanian (1923-2009)

October 1, 2009

Kevork Hovnanian arriving in Stepanavan shortly after the 1988 earthquake
to start construction of a whole village for the victims of the quake.
Here with Archbishop Manoogian, the Mayor of Stepanavan,
and the Minister of Construction of Armenia.

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[FAR New York]: Kevork S. Hovnanian Memorial Service

September 30, 2009

Dear Friends,

A memorial service will be held for Kevork Hovnanian at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City, on Saturday, October 3, 2009, at 2:00 p.m.

We will mourn the loss of an outstanding American Armenian and a founder of the Fund for Armenian Relief.

– The FAR Family

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[FAR New York]: In Memoriam: Kevork S. Hovnanian (1923-2009)

September 30, 2009