Posts Tagged ‘non profit’

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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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[FAR New York]: Knights & Daughters of Vartan to honor Anoush Mathevosian, a longtime benefactor of FAR.

March 8, 2010

The Mid-Atlantic Knights & Daughters of Vartan will hold their Third Annual Awards Dinner on Sunday, The Mid-Atlantic Knights & Daughters of Vartan will hold their Third Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 27, 2010 under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at Kavookjian Hall in New York with Professor Dennis Papazian, Ph.D. serving as the Master of Ceremonies and the Akh’tamar Dance Ensemble providing the evening’s cultural segment.

The Lifetime Humanitarian Benefactor Award will be presented to Ms. Anoush Mathevosian and Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Suzanne Toufayan, three deserving figures in the Armenian community who have actively and continuously supported both their homeland and the Armenian Diaspora in countless ways.

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Anoush Mathevosian at the opening of the new Mathevosian School in Vanadzor, Armenia in 2002.

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[FAR Scholarships]: Preparatory courses for underprivileged children.

March 2, 2010

When, after the 1988 earthquake, businessman and FAR benefactor Arman Bedikian from the USA visited Armenia, he searched for relief and development organizations involved in the reconstruction of the homeland. “Zinvori Mayr” (Soldier’s Mother) has been one of the organizations the currently deceased Mr. Bedikian cooperated with. Together they launched an educational program, especially designed for the children of Artsakh war victims and children of large families.

The knowledge provided at the secondary schools of Armenia has rarely been sufficient for the entrance examinations of higher educational institutions in Armenia. Taking private lessons provided by tutors is critical but expensive. “Zinvori Mayr” lends a helping hand by organizing free preparatory courses for children at Yerevan State Pedagogical University. The preparatory courses do not include only the subjects required for the university entrance examinations but also computer skills. Courses are instructed by highly qualified professionals from various universities. Nearly 80% of the last year’s graduates were admitted to higher educational institutions.

“(But) the most important thing is not the admission to the university, but the acquiring of basic knowledge necessary for their further life” stated the Program Coordinator Ms. Anahit Hovnanyan.

So far 580 boys and girls have been included in the free preparatory course program. 358 out of them have become students at various higher educational institutions.

Students of a 2009 preparatory course

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[Mathevosian Scholarship Program]: Meeting with Beneficiary YSMU Students

March 1, 2010

Within the framework of the Mathevosian Scholarship Program, FAR sponsors six medical residents who pursue their post-graduate education at Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU). As part of the scholarship program, these students improve their professional skills at Yerevan State Medical University’s clinics while also maintaining close relationships with the regional hospitals, where they will work upon their graduation.

On February 24th, these six scholarship recipients participated in a meeting at the Mkhitar Heratsi branch of YSMU. Representatives from the University and from FAR participated in the meetings, discussing the beneficiary students’ academic progress as well as their thoughts about the program. Of the six beneficiaries, one will graduate this month and return to Dilijan Health Center. Needless to say, all six students are proud and thankful to be a part of FAR’s Mathevosian Scholarship Program.

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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

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[GTech]: World Bank Delegation and Armenian Economic Ministry Members Visit GTech

February 23, 2010

On February 17, 2010 a delegation from the World Bank and the Armenian Ministry of the Economy visited the Gyumri IT Center (GTech). They met with representatives of several Gyumri and Yerevan-based businesses. During the session, meeting attendees discussed business issues related to the development of an IT industry in the northern region of Armenia.

In order to expand Armenia’s IT sector from Yerevan to the regions, the government plans to build a techno park in Gyumri. Economic Minister Nerses Yeritsyan expressed his belief that FAR’s GTech plays an important role in realizing a regional IT base. Currently, GTech is the only successfully operating entity in northern Armenia that has found employment opportunities for those in the IT sector, and attracted businesses to a region starved for employers. GTech maintains a program that delivers well-paying jobs through a combination of market-based education, new business incubation and business collaboration, resulting in the strengthened economic viability of an entire region.

Gurgen Paronyan, the executive director of GTech, noted that “GTech has already proven its basic concept of providing a workforce for technology companies that want to open branches in Gyumri. GITC will also be able to develop products for companies which are interested in outsourcing development to locations that can produce quality products within a very competitive budget.” The representatives from the World Bank mentioned that 24 million USD will be targeted to the development of IT infrastructure in Yerevan, including the techno park project.

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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