Posts Tagged ‘Gavar’


[FAR Scholarships]: Jerair Nishanian Scholars Continue to be Supported.

September 23, 2010

Fifty-three young Armenian scholars are able to continue their education through the Jerair Nishanian Foundation Scholarship program. FAR’s Educational Programs council recently evaluated the academic performance of these students, who are all in their second and fourth year of university.

Also, FAR received about 32 applications from first-year students from Gavar University who wish to have their studies funded. Staff is now making home visits to interview the applicants and their families and further assess their financial needs.

Through the Jerar Nishanian Scholarship Program students at Gavar State University, Yerevan State Engineering University, and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction receive tuition coverage and monthly stipends to cover basic living costs, including transportation and school materials.

FAR Staff Making Home Visits to Interview Applicants

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Credit: FAR Staff


[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


[Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program]: Jerair Nishanian Provides Christmas Gifts to Scholarship Recipients

December 21, 2009

For the last few years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has provided a few lucky students with the gift of an education.  Each year, through FAR, the foundation sponsors approximately fifty students who are working towards their degrees at Gavar State University.  Recently, FAR’s Edward Karapetyan and Levon Lachikyan visited Gavar to meet with some of the program’s beneficiaries.

Main Building of the Gavar State University

Credit: FAR Staff

The scholarship recipients, all of whom maintain stellar academic records, gave the FAR staff thank-you notes addressed to the benefactor, in an effort to show their gratitude to Mr. Nishanian.  As a Christmas gift, Mr. Nishanian mandated that his foundation provide each current scholarship recipient 10,000 Armenian Dram as Christmas present. FAR is very proud to have Mr. Nishanian as a benefactor, and we thank him for his continued support.

Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Beneficiaries

Credit: FAR Staff


View from an Armenian Window

October 29, 2009

Gavar, Lake Sevan


Credit: Celine Kaladjian


[FAR Scholarships]: Success in Future Artistic Endeavors

October 13, 2009

By Marina Bazayeva

When I entered the Gyumri Aslamazyan Sisters Art Gallery and saw the paintings hanging on the walls, I could not believe that these works had been painted by the little girl standing in the huge hall, almost lost in the crowd of Gyumri beau monde who were wandering around to see the works.

The girl with one left hand that produced those pictures is Ophelia, who is also the only Gyumri-based beneficiary of FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship. Ophelia was raised in the Gyumri Children’s’ Home, as her parents abandoned her right at a very young age. All of the emotions from her adolescence could be traced in the pictures: loneliness, and brief moments of joy gradually transforming into hope and a feminine spirit.

Harold Gulamerian himself was in the art business, and I can’t help but thing that ties between strangers are not always coincident. Ophelia benefitted greatly from the Gulamerian scholarship. When she was of age to attend University, Ophelia’s caretakers were not able to afford the tuition payments of the European Educational Academy Gyumri. Ophelia was fortunate to be selected for the Gulamerian scholarship.  As they say, a talented person is talented in many areas: despite her trouble childhood, Ophelia has grown to be a strong woman who is a not only a successful student of the International Relations Department of the Academy, but also a talented artist and a sociable young lady. The Gulamerians and Fund for Armenian Relief are so proud to have provided someone like Ophelia with the opportunity to discover her talents.

The atmosphere at the exhibition was very jovial, and FAR is thankful to all people who assist such gifted children with special needs.   At the exhibition, FAR presented Ophelia with a book containing prints of works by Leonardo da Vinci, and the FAR teamed wished her success in her future artistic endeavors. According to a Gyumri-born writer and philosopher Gurdjieff: “A tree springs from the ground, but it is not created by the earth. A grain is necessary.”


Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Scholarships]: Beneficiaries Stories, Mariam from Noratus

August 11, 2009

Thanks to the support of Washington resident Jerair Nishanian, more than 40 children from socially vulnerable families have an opportunity to study at Gavar State University, which was established in 1993 to help educate youngsters around the Gavar and Gegharkunik regions.

Mariam Margaryan, born in 1991 in village Noratus (famous for thousands of medieval khachkars), is one of the scholarship recipients. Mariam was 10 years old when both of her parents separately abandoned their family, leaving Mariam and her younger sister Mary in the care of their grandfather and grandmother. Grandfather Sargis is already 82 years old, but his aim is to live long enough to help his grandchildren reach their goals.

Mariam with her grandfather and grandmother

Mariam with her grandfather and grandmother

Credit : Levon Lachikyan

Mariam Margaryan is a student at the GSU Natural Sciences Department (Geographic faculty). Since her childhood she has always been fond of geography and has mentally travelled over many continents and visited various countries. However, most of all she loves her native country.  “Upon my graduation I will work as a teacher of geography at the secondary school in my village.” stated the smiling girl. She is very thankful for Jerair Nishanian, and though Mariam has never met Mr. Nishanian, his name symbolizes a legend in her family. Mariam is a stellar student at the University, and has clear ambitions. The two sisters have decided to buy presents for the grandparents with their first month salary: and this day is not far …

Mariam and her sister

Mariam and her sister
Credit : Levon Lachikyan


[View From an Armenian Window]

June 30, 2009

Lake Sevan from the “Tea House” Restaurant near Gavar


Credit : Celine Kaladjian