Posts Tagged ‘hayasatan’

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[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

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[Web Wrap]: Bing.com Features Yerevan’s Cascade Today.

July 21, 2010

Cool.

Hat Tip: ianyan Mag @ianyanmag on Twitter

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Credit: Bing.com

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[ACYOA Dispatches]: Visit to Khor Virab.

July 21, 2010

By Paul Derderian

On July 18, we visited Khor Virab, the pit where St. Gregory resided for 13 years before healing King Drtad through prayer.  Khor Virab truly surpassed our expectations.  Mt. Ararat was the first thing we saw as we pulled up to the parking lot.  It was the closest view of the mountain we had seen yet.  I was instantly in awe of the beautiful sight — our motherland.

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Credit: Paul Derderian

After we climbed the stone steps leading  to the church at Khor Virab, we participated in Badarak.  The Divine Liturgy was held in a church across from St. Gregory’s chapel, which contains an entranceway to the infamous pit.  The liturgy was beautiful; the choir had a full angelic sound, providing bass, alto, and soprano sounds for each hymn. A Der Hayr said the confession during the singing of the “Der Voghormya,” instead of after the hymn like we are used to.  This had such a powerful effect on all of us, as it emphasized the fact that we were asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

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Credit: Paul Derderian

Following Badarak, we descended into the actual pit that St. Gregory was thrown into.  As we went down the ladder, the feeling of his prayers and faith overwhelmed each of us.  It made us reflect on how strong one’s faith must be in order to stay sane in a place like that for a couple of days, let alone  years.  In that pit, we realized how necessary a strong faith is in life.  St. Gregory proved that with strong faith in God, anything is possible.  The trip to Khor Virab inspired all of us to keep our faith, traditions, and culture alive.

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Credit: Paul Derderian

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[Armenian Landscapes]

July 21, 2010

Lake Sevan in the Summer

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[Armenian Landscapes]

June 11, 2010

Javakhk Scenery

Credit: Levon Lachikyan