Posts Tagged ‘shirak’


[FAR Schools]: Armenian Church and the WGCC donates gifts to Gyumri’s disadvantaged.

April 14, 2010

FAR, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Women’s Guild Central Council (WGCC) of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) recently traveled to the Shirak province to distribute much needed school supplies and toiletries to more than 500 children. The gifts were given out just in time for the Armenia’s April 7 holiday celebrating Beauty and Motherhood.

Most of the childrens’ mothers were present at the Ounjian and Catholicos Vazgen A schools for the distribution. With so many of the parents in this region out of work, such gifts will benefit entire families of these children, and the women graciously accepted the help.

Children at the Distribution


Credit: FAR Staff


[Armenian Life]: The outstanding women from Gyumri.

March 15, 2010

By Marina Bazayeva

“Eve” stands for “living one” or “source of life.”

Gyumri dialect is the only one in the Armenian language that has the word man in the word “woman,” just like in the English language.

The Armenian language is called “maireni” that derived from the word “mother”.

A meeting with the Shirak diocese Primate Archbishop Mikayel Ajapahyan was held to honor outstanding women of the Shirak province. The Primate mentioned the big role and essential contribution of Shirak’s women to the social, economic and political life of Gyumri and the Shirak province. Armenia was one of the first countries that, in the first decade of the XIX century, gave women the right to vote. During the Soviet era most of the high positions in this province were held by women. For many years the leader of the leading party was Ms. Donara Harutyunyan, whose contribution to the city development is hard to overstate. Today’s Shirak’s Governor is a lady, a fact that is frequently mentioned in Strasbourg at the European Union. Ms. Lida Nanyan is officially acknowledged as one of the best governors in Armenia. The deputy governor, Ms. Kirakosyan is a lady, too. Two villages in the Shirak region have elected female village supervisors.

The Primate also acknowledged the key role of women in child education and their importance to the family. He praised their devotion and dedication to the church, today and in history, noting that only the women stayed with Jesus Christ after he was crucified.

Primate Archbishop Mikayel Ajapahyan
honors women of the Shirak province

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Credit: FAR Staff


[Event]: FAR Supports Growing Shirak Diocese

January 4, 2010

Last month, the Shirak diocese celebrated the 10th anniversary of the leadership of Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan, a highly educated theologian and a spiritual leader of his community.  In 1999, Vardapet Mikael Ajapahyan was appointed as a primate, and later consecrated as bishop. During his 10 years of leadership, the Shirak Diocese has grown to become an integral part of the community, present in almost every aspect of life.

When Bishop Ajapahyan arrived in 1999, the Shirak Diocese consisted of only 4 priests and 4 churches.  Today, the diocese oversees 16 priests and more than 25 acting churches. The Diocese oversees administrative offices, Social-Educational Centers, a Youth Center, a seminary, an orphanage, a summer camp, and Sunday schools.  To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan, FAR was happy to be one of the main sponsors of a calendar commemorating the event.  We hope the Shirak Diocese will continue to grow and strengthen as it has over the past decade.

Primate Bishop Mikael Ajapahyan with Celebration Attendees

Credit: FAR Staff


[CME]: Doctors Trained in Early Diagnosis of Spinal Disorders

December 3, 2009

FAR is proud to be helping patients across Armenia to receive better healthcare.  Twice last summer, FAR organized various events to discuss the subject of early diagnosis of spinal disorder. These events, held at the Gyumri Mother and Child Austrian Clinic and the Gyumri Maternity Hospital, included seminars as well as a weeklong training program for doctors. In conjunction with the training sessions, traumatologists and orthopedists organized check-ups for local children and teenagers. The Program was initiated and organized by the Armenian Health Ministry of Traumatology and Orthopedy Scientific Center and Fund for Armenian Relief.

More than 40 physicians participated in the program, and 18 X-Ray Diagnosis specialists participated in the 7-day training.  On November 3, in the Shirak region, the 18 X-Ray specialists were awarded with official certificates approved by the Armenian Health Minister.  As a result of the success of the program in Shirak, the Health Department of the Lori Region is also considering implementing the program.

Shirak Physicians Receive Traumatology Certificates

Credit: FAR Staff


[CASP]: 206 Beneficiaries Receive Financial Stipends

November 2, 2009

In early October, FAR was proud to send its own Margarit Piliposyan along with CASP Program Coordinator Eduard Karapetyan to visit the Syunik region of Armenia.  There, Margarit and Eduard distributed the 100 USD stipends to the 206 beneficiaries of this year’s CASP program.

CASP Distribution in Syunik

During CASP Syunik distribution

Credit: FAR Staff

During the visit, Margarit and Eduard were happy to meet with many of the beneficiaries and their guardians. The 50 beneficiaries who were fortunate enough to take part in the “Siranush” summer camp expressed special thanks to CASP and FAR for their financial support. Margarit and Eduard also visited some beneficiaries in their homes in Meghri.

Through CASP (Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program), FAR is able to positively impact the lives of some of the most destitute children in Armenia.   However, there are still children that apply for CASP funding but remain unsupported due to lack of contributions.  Since the distribution to each child is only 100 USD, a little help can go a long way.  Please contact FAR if you are interested in sponsoring a child.

CASP Beneficiaries in Meghri

With CASP Meghri kids

Credit: FAR Staff


[Armenian Landscapes]

August 29, 2009

En Route from Gyumri to Yerevan


Credit : Levon Lachikyan


View From an Armenian Window

July 22, 2009

Lake Arpi from a car window


Credit : Levon Lachikyan