Posts Tagged ‘Hovhannes (John) Ounjian’


[FAR Schools]: Ounjian School Continues to Grow.

July 31, 2010

Although construction has already been in progress for five months, an opening ceremony dedicated to the launch of the Ounjian School’s new sub building was held on July 8 in honor of its chief supporter Dr. Hovhannes (John) Ounjian’s the arrival at the project site.

The former N21 secondary school, which was completely ruined after the 1988 earthquake, was reconstructed due to the generous benevolence of Dr. Ounjian, who is from New York and also an honorable citizen of Gyumri. The school is named after the benefactor’s parents Armenak and Yeghisabet Ounjian.

Dr. Ounjian also undertook the expenses of the reinforcement and renovation of the school’s sub building, which will contain new classrooms, a library, and language room.

The Reverend Father Tateos Abdalian, a representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America (Eastern Diocese), opened the ceremony with a hearty blessing. During his welcome speech, FAR Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan recognized Dr. Ounjian’s mission in Gyumri, which enables 450 children study in favorable conditions. Since 2002, nearly 150 school graduates have also obtained higher education thanks to the support of Ounjian Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Ounjian, Shirak Regional Governor Ashot Giziryan, and several program executives carved their signatures in the wall of one of the rooms to commemorate the ceremony.

Several guests attended, including Armenia’s Deputy Regional Governor, FAR Programs Director Arto Vorperian, who was visiting from the USA, FAR Shirak Department Director Marina Bazayeva, ACYOA APS group members, students, teachers, and journalists.

Shortly after the schoolchildren’s acknowledgement speeches, Dr. Ounjian promised to support the school so that it will one day be rated as the best educational institution in the Republic of Armenia.

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Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR Schools]: Construction of Ounjian School extension has started.

March 11, 2010

Translated from an Armenian article written by Levon Lachikyan

Dr. Hovhannes (John) Ounjian is one of the old friends and benefactors of the Fund for Armenian Relief. As a result of his generous donation in 2000, the # 21 secondary school in Gyumri, ruined due to the 1988 earthquake, was reconstructed. Shortly after the relaunch of the school, it was named “Ounjian Varjaran” (Ounjian School).

Today, this educational establishment is one of the best schools not only in Gyumri, but also in Armenia. Nearly 450 children attend the school. For the schoolchildren favorable conditions are created – light rooms, sport room and music hall, computer room, boiler room, large yard, etc.

Moreover, nearly 50 graduates continue their education at higher educational institutions thanks to the “Ounjian” Foundation. It is important to emphasize that New York Citizen Dr. Ounjian’s heart is in Gyumri, with 500 schoolchildren, and in order to meet with them he visits the Homeland several times during the year.

To complete and refine/improve the Ounjian School complex it was necessary to renovate and reinforce the four-story extension of the school. The Ounjian Foundation eagerly agreed to finance this program. According to the contract signed between FAR and “Kanaka” CJSC (Construction Company) on January 15 the construction of the School’s four-story extension started. The construction includes the building’s foundation reinforcement.

On this occasion, FAR Program Coordinator Karen Sargsyan and Chief Engineer Harutyun Hovsepyan visited Gyumri. They had a meeting with “Kanaka” Company’s administration and staff. Afterwards, a meeting was held with the School’s directorate.

The construction works will last 12 months.

The future construction site of the school’s four-story extension




Credit: FAR Staff