Posts Tagged ‘voah’

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[Vanadzor Old Age Home]: A bright day at VOAH.

April 17, 2010

As tradition has it, FAR’s Mathevosian scholars pay a visit to the Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH) at least once a year. The latest visit was pretty remarkable. More than 40 students dropped by to see the residents this week. In addition to spending time with them and exchanging stories, the students took part in a cohesive effort to brighten up the grounds. They cleaned, painted, tidied up the yard, and planted trees and rose bushes. Students from Yerevan Conservatory — recipients of FAR’s Sayan scholarships — topped the day off with a beautiful concert enjoyed by all.

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[Beneficiary Potraits]: Rafik Armaghanyan of the Vanadzor Old Age Home

January 28, 2010

At 83 years old, Mr. Rafik Armaghanyan is the oldest resident of the Vanadzor Old Age Home (VOAH).  He found peace and love in the confines of the Vanadzor Home, where he has lived since 1994.  Like many residents of VOAH, Mr. Armaghanyan has had a difficult life.  Born in the Shahali (Gugark) village of the Lori Region in 1927, he graduated from the Tbilisi Railway Transport Institute in 1946, and found work in the Gyumri railway depot.  Though Rafik married and had three daughters, his wife passed away at a young age, and only one daughter remained in Armenia.  Left alone, Rafik remarried, only to lose his second wife at an early age.

Left with no one to turn to, Mr. Armaghanyan went to VOAH.  There, he met Sofia Pavlovna, a Russian woman with kind blue eyes, who had been evacuated to Armenia after World War II.  When Rafik and Sofia fell in love, they married in the local church.  Members of the FAR staff have witnessed the great love with which the old couple lived their everyday life. Mr. Rafik chivalrously took care of his wife until her recent passing.  “This woman presented me peacefulness of soul. Finally I understood what real love is,” said Mr. Rafik Armaghanyan.  FAR is happy to be able to provide peace and happiness to the aging members of our Armenian community.

Mr. Rafik Armaghanyan Lives Happily at VOAH

Credit: FAR Staff