Posts Tagged ‘unicef’

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[CSFC] : Promoting Foster Care

August 19, 2009

More than 110 people – government officials and dignitaries alike – filled the Tekeyan Center on May 14th to discuss the importance of foster care with FAR. The event, which was conducted in cooperation with UNICEF-Armenia, opened with a blessing from the priest Ter-Zgon. Testimonies from experts and from families themselves extolled foster care as key to prevent the institutionalization of Armenian children and help biological families overcome their problems and reunite with their children.

Participants included representatives from the Armenian government (including the vice-prime minister), the National Assembly, public council, Child Rights Protection Units, UNICEF-Armenia, Yerevan State University, the state police, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and from the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues. Members of local and international organizations, foster families, and representatives from state childcare institutions also attended.

The audience gathered to discuss foster care

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Credit : FAR Staff

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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] : UNICEF Representatives Visit the Children’s Center

May 26, 2009

Friday, May 22nd – Ms. Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, and Mr. Hayk Khemchyan, a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF-Armenia, visited FAR’s  Homeless Children Center.  In an effort to learn about the Center’s operation and evaluate its condition, the UNICEF representatives toured the Center and spent time with the children.  Most importantly, the Center Director met with the UNICEF representatives to generate new ideas for further collaboration between FAR and UNICEF, so that FAR may continue to serve the needs of underprivileged children in Armenia.

Mr. Khemchyan (on the left) and Ms. Moshiri (on the right) are welcomed by Mira Antonyan at Homeless Children’s Center

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Credit : FAR Staff