Posts Tagged ‘Gavar Special School’


[FAR Schools]: FAR Secures Funding for School Renovations.

July 22, 2010

FAR recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Open Society Institute, which will help the organization’s efforts to rehabilitate the Gavar Special School and improve its vocational training program.

The school is situated in Gegharkunik Marz, the poorest region in Armenia, and it is the only government-run school in the area targeted to disabled and handicapped children. While staff salaries and utilities are financed by the government, no funding has been dedicated to improving infrastructure until now.

FAR’s efforts will enhance the school’s vocational training in sewing, knitting, embroidery, and wood carving workshops. FAR will also re-establish Gavar’s physical training facility, which is currently devoid of equipment. In addition, the school needs to be made handicapped accessible. Over the next year, this project will help to improve the school’s capacity to serve children in need and help them gain skills they can ultimately use to support themselves.

Gavar’s old courtyard with provisional goal area

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: New Computers Will Benefit Gavar #1 Special School.

July 7, 2010

Margaret Ajemian Ahnert, author of The Knock at the Door who traveled to Armenia in April, recently donated brand new computers to the Gavar #1 Special School.

Ms. Ahnert visited the school as well as some other FAR projects after presenting the Armenian translation of her book at the Genocide museum in Yerevan. She was compelled to give after meeting with the 80 disabled children who attend the school, talking with them, and learning about their interests and hobbies.

Until now, the school has only had two worn out machines to work from. All of us at FAR would like to express our gratitude for this generous donation. These new computers are sure to be utilized and enjoyed by students for years to come.

New Computers at the Gavar Special School

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: FAR Supporter Lynn Nakashian Pays Visit to Gavar.

June 24, 2010

FAR supporter Lynn Nakashian recently visited the Gavar Orphanage and Guest House to tour the facilities and spend time with some of the young residents. This was Ms. Nakashian’s first time seeing the revamped facility since her last visit five years ago and she was very impressed by the improvements that have been made. Renovations are taking place at various facilities in Gavar, including the Gavar #1 Special School and its Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.

FAR is grateful to Ms. Nakashian and her family for their ongoing support, which will continue to support the Gavar orphanage and its residents.

Lynn Nakashin is visiting the Gavar Guest House

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: Gavar Special School Renovations in Progress.

June 16, 2010

Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started. The school’s Recovery Physical Therapeutic Center, which caters to children with mental and physical disabilities, is expected to be updated with modern amenities and equipment by the time the new year starts in September thanks to FAR’s support. These renovations will make it possible for children in need of such support to stay at their home school for treatment instead of spending valuable time and resources searching for alternative facilities for help.

This week, FAR staff members Edik Karapetyan and Hambardzum Simonyan along with Chief Engineer Harutyun Hovsepyan paid a visit to Gavar and were able to see some of the progress made on the construction since their previous visit in April. They were joined by the Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian from St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, a member of the Armenian Church’s Supreme Spiritual Council, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Father Aren is aware of the school’s issues after having spent one year in the region as the Spiritual Father of Gegharkunik Diocese by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

Very Reverend Father Aren Jebejian visits Gavar

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Gavar #1 Special School renovations have officially started

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: FAR Staff Surveys School Needs.

April 5, 2010

Several of FAR’s Armenia-based staff made visits to a few facilities in Gavar, which serve Armenia’s children. Programs Manager Karen Sargsyan, FAR Educational/Scientific Programs Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan, and FAR Chief Engineer Harutyun Hovsepyan first stopped by Gavar #1 Special School to view the sections of the building that need renovation. They also reviewed the list of necessary medical supplies and equipment needed at the school, which FAR intends to fill. At the Gavar Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, staffers got a closer look at the work of the center, and finally they paid a visit to Gavar Orphanage. All children received school bags, which have been donated to FAR by the Women’s Guild of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

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Credit: FAR Staff