Posts Tagged ‘homeless children center’

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[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

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[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

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[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

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[CROC]: Children’s Center Annual Holiday Fundraiser

December 28, 2009

The Children’s Center Council of Friends held their second annual holiday charity dinner earlier this month.  The dinner took place at the chic Ojakh restaurant in Yerevan.  The council of Friends is a group of government officials, civil servants, and members of Armenia’s businesscommunity who support FAR’s Children’s Center.

Singer Mro, Bella Kotcharyan, and Mira Antonian

Credit: FAR Staff

Mrs. Bella Kotcharyan, Armenia’s former first lady, opened the program by thanking all supporters of FAR’s Children’s Center.  The beneficiary children provided entertainment for the guests, and charitable contributions totaled to almost 5.5 million AMD.  In early 2010, The Children’s Center and the Council of Friends will propose a plan for the allocation of the funds.

Beneficiaries from FAR’s Children’s Center

Credit: FAR Staff



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[CSFC]: Beneficiaries stories

August 21, 2009

Gayane* is seventeen years old.  A few months ago, she knocked at the door of FAR’s Homeless Children Center seeking help.  For several years, she has withstood being abuse by family members.  One day, she decided to change her life.

She gathered her courage and left her house without letting anyone know about her plans.  She had nothing to lose and as she saw it, things could only get better for her.

And she was right.  She found shelter at the Homeless Children Center, and after a few weeks, she confided to the center’s psychologist that the Center helped her to feel like a respectable adult with a future full of possibilities.

Beneficiaries from the Children Center

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian

* For reasons of privacy the name has been changed.

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[CSFC]: UNICEF visits Childrens’ Center

August 5, 2009

Last month, Steven Allen, Regional Director of United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for CEE/CIS, Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, Cristina Roccelli, a Deputy Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, Hayk Khemchyan, a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF-Armenia, and Hasmik Arakelyan, a Program Assistant Info/Com. & Child Protection visited FAR’s Children’s Center, as it is a leading organization of child protection in Armenia.

The guests took a brief tour around the Center, socialized with the children and took pictures with them.  Many of the representatives took seats on the ground in order to more closely associate with the children.  “Mrs. Mira Antonyan and her staff are having all capacities to pilot new projects in Armenia and to make better the lives of children” represented Ms. Laylee Moshiri and added “UNICEF-Armenia will further collaborate with the Children’s Centre”.  Ms. Cristina Roccelli expressed her readiness to help the Centre in establishment of networks in all regions of Armenia.

From left to right: Mr. H. Khemchyan, Mrs. M. Antonyan, Mr. Steven Allen, Ms. H. Arakelyan, Ms. Laylee Moshiri and Ms. Cristina Roccelli

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Credit : FAR Staff

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[CSFC]: Summer Camp in Hrazdan

August 3, 2009

This summer, twenty-six children from FARs Homeless Children Center had the chance to leave Yerevan for the first time for a two-week summer camp vacation in Hrazdan.  The camp, generously financed by the Yerevan City Municipality, hosts numerous groups of children during the summer. It presents a uniquely refreshing opportunity for beneficiaries of the Homeless Children Center to step into a new environment and meet more children.  Three members of the staff remain with the children while they are at camp, in order to promote a stable environment for the children.

Happy Faces and New Friendships!

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Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[Beneficiary Portraits]

July 23, 2009

Lunch Time for Beneficiaries of FAR’s Summer Camp in Hrazdan

Beneficiaires Portraits, Lunchtime - Hrazdan Summer Camp

Credit : Celine Kaladjian

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[FAR PRR]: “The Best For Our Children”

June 23, 2009

June 2 was a day of celebration at Haghtanak (Victory) Park in Yerevan. “The Best for Our Children” event, sponsored by FAR’s Children’s Support Center “Friends Council,” was held in commemoration of  Children’s Rights Protection International Day, celebrated all over the world.

For the event, FAR attracted support from public celebrities, businessmen, artists and specialists who work with at-risk children.  One of the highlights of the event was the presence of Armenian First Lady Mrs. Rita Sargsyan.

This was the second annual “The Best for Our Children” event, and FAR was happy to see the number of participants and vendors increasing.  More than 15.000 children participated in the event, hailing from Yerevan as well as other regions of Armenia. Vendors on hand for the event represented leading Armenian companies such as Grand Candy JV LLC, Coca Cola Armenia, Noyan Juice, and many others.

To read the full release, please click here.

Two beneficiaries from the Homeless Children Center
with Mr. Araz Dare, Ms. Margarita Barkhoyan and Mr. Vladimir Barkhoyan

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Credit : FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Portraits]

June 18, 2009

Young orphan from the Homeless Children Center in Yerevan

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