[Հայերեն|FAR Social Programs]: Զարգացնելով Բերդի տարածաշրջանի երեխաների ստեղծագործականությունը

  • September 19, 2014 9:18 am

Ալլա Իսրայելյանը

Ալլա Իսրայելյանը Ներքին Կարմիրաղբյուր գյուղի ամենաերիտասարդ նկարչուհին է: 7-րդ դասարանցի աղջնակը նկարում է 2-րդ դասարանից: Տանը նա մատիտներով էր նկարում, իսկ ՀՕՖ-ի նկարչության խմբակ այցելելուց հետո արդեն սովորել է նկարել նաեւ ներկերով:

Իր ամեն մի ազատ րոպեն Ալլան գույների հետ է. «Շատ եմ սիրում բնության աշնանային գույները: Ինձ մշտապես զարմացնում են իմ հայրենի գյուղի ու մեր տարածաշրջանի գեղեցիկ, գունագեղ բնապատկերները: Նկարչության միջոցով փորձում եմ իմ սերը բնության հանդեպ արտահայտել վառ գույներով»:

Ապագա նկարչուհին արդեն մեկ տարի հաճախում է ՀՕՖ-ի «Աղքատության հաղթահարումը Տավուշի մարզում» ծրագրի շրջանակներում բացված նկարչության խմբակը:

«Ամենաշատը ներկերով եմ սիրում նկարել, բայց ներկերով նկարելու հնարավորություն չունեի: Հենց իմացա խմբակի մասին, շատ ուրախացա, որովհետեւ արդեն կարող էի ներկերի անցնել»,- ուրախությամբ պատմում է Ալլան:

ՀՕՖ-ի «Աղքատության հաղթահարումը Տավուշի մարզում» ծրագրի կարեւոր բաղադրիչներից է դպրոցահասակ երեխաների առօրյան տարբեր օգտակար զբաղմունքներով հագեցնելը, ինչի համար մարզի 5 գյուղերում արդեն գործում է 8 տարաբնույթ խմբակ՝ նկարչության, պարի, շյուղագործության, հելյունագործության, ձեռքի աշխատանքների, պարի, բասկետբոլի ու վոլեյբոլի:

Երեխաները հնարավորություն ունեն նաեւ հոգեւոր կրթություն ստանալու կիրակնօրյա դպրոցներում, որտեղ ՀՕՖ-ին օգնում է Բերդ քաղաքի ու տարածաշրջանի հոգեւոր հովիվ Տեր Արամ քահանա Միրզոյանը:

Ավելի քան 320 երեխա շաբաթական երկու անգամ հնարավորություն է ունենում այցելելու խմբակներից որեւէ մեկը:

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[FAR Children’s Center]: Curing Through Art

  • September 17, 2014 10:47 am

Marie Haratunian visited the Center, met  the wonderful kids who find shelter there

Hripsime Papanyan, an art therapist at the FAR Children’s Center works with children every day. With the help of her colleagues, she has served nearly 1,000 vulnerable children yearly who are in need of rehabilitation services. Passionate about both her job and her mission, Papanyan spends six days a week working with children ages 4 to 16. For her, art therapy is both a profession and a form of art in and of itself.

What Papanyan likes most is seeing how children’s moods change as they are exposed to art. “For instance, when the children work with play-dough I know they are practicing their motor skills but I can also feel that their anger and anxiety are leaving them; they become calmer as they work,” she said.

The Center’s art therapy classrooms were renovated and refurbished with the generous support of the Haratunian family during the spring of 2014. The Art Therapy Studio renovation is a gift to FAR Children Center from Kenar and Armen Haratunian in loving memory of Grace and Antranig Krikorian.

The Haratunians are great supporters of the FAR Children’s Center and on September 16 Marie Haratunian visited the Center, where she was able to meet the wonderful kids who find shelter there. She was also introduced to the Center’s activities, including those organized in the art therapy classrooms.

Children may choose what they would like to make during the art classes. Each child prefers a different medium; some prefer to work with clay, others make bracelets, and for others it’s dolls. Younger children especially enjoy painting and using play-dough.

“I know that art has a great impact on children. They often come back to visit the art rooms after they have left. I also see this impact on a daily basis. For example, I remember one boy who was making a bear from dough, shaping and painting it, and he remarked that it was ‘like discovering a new planet,’” Papanyan said.

Her first meeting with one of the Center’s children is always very difficult but it is also very important. It is important for her as a professional that she observe each child individually to understand he or she and she how they interact with art.

“My wish is that there no longer be any children without a family. I wish that there was no need for our Center but I am very happy to be a part of it since it is a necessity,” said Papanyan.

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[FAR Soup Kitchens]: Supporting Hand to Vulnerable in Regional Cities

  • September 16, 2014 9:55 am

Beneficiaries of Byureghavan soup kitchen

On September 4 FAR officially opened two soup kitchens in the cities of Byureghavan and Nor Hajn – both located in the Kotayk region of Armenia.

The kitchens have been operating since spring 2014 and host 300 people – mostly elderly, disabled, and members of large families – every day.

Martha Ghazaryan, a beneficiary of the Nor Hajn soup kitchen, has three children. Her husband is unemployed and therefore collects bottles to exchange them for funds that may cover the rent for their apartment. On busy days at the soup kitchen, Martha is a helping hand to the staff while her children receive their meals.

“This kitchen is a great help to me. My husband doesn’t have a job, but with the help of FAR my children are not hungry,” she says.

FAR has initiated an elderly and large-family nutrition assistance program since 1995 in an attempt to somewhat soften their everyday problems and assure them they are not alone in their struggle for survival. In Armenia, where every third person is poor, it is most difficult to overcome poverty in the communities, like Byureghavan and Nor Hajn, where there were once industrial factories that stopped operating after the fall of the USSR.

“I would like to once again assure you that the Fund for Armenian Relief is with you and we are ready to support you in any endeavor,” Bagrat Sargsyan,#FAR Armenia country director said during the opening ceremony.

Soup kitchens in Byureghavan and Nor Hajn were established to honor the memory of two distinguished Armenian women – Yeghsapet Jambazian-Mangoian and Yeghsapet Ambarian-Ouzounian – who had difficult lives, but always shared what they had with those who were less fortunate.

Buildings for the kitchens were provided by the mayors of Byureghavan and Nor Hajn who also attended the opening ceremony.

“Certainly, it is very important and useful work. In the beginning people were embarrassed to visit the kitchen, but with time they have become less self-conscious and now come more easily and receive their much-needed meals in a very pleasant manner,” Byureghavan Mayor Hakob Balasyan said during the opening.

The opening ceremonies were a great holiday not only for FAR but for each and every beneficiary at both soup kitchens. The day’s menu was also a festive one – featuring watermelon, fresh salad, buckwheat, soup, wine, and holy matagh blessed by Nor Hajn’s Father Arsen.

Several media outlets in Armenia attended the opening ceremonies in both cities. You may watch a short video by Radio Liberty Armenia.

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[FAR Social Programs:] Nurturing Craftsmanship for Schoolchildren in Border Villages

  • September 12, 2014 10:17 am

7th grader Gayane Makaryan and her favorite activity

From a very young age, 7th grader Gayane Makaryan has loved to watch her grandmother knit. She was always mesmerized watching the needles dart quickly between her grandmother’s nimble fingers, as a pair of socks seemed to magically materialize from the frenetic movements.

“As a child, I would have never dreamed that one day I would be able to create something out of thread so quickly. And now it takes me only a few minutes to create beautiful and unique ornaments from different threads,” says Gayane. As of last January, she has been participating in handicraft courses in the Tavush region’s village of Chinari.

Gayane’s teacher Varsenik Ordyan says that Gayane is quite talented and very absorbent. She has been very quick to learn knitting, needlework, and tree branch art.

“She is one of my most special students, who can knit many different things. Just recently she made a very beautiful hat and scarf for herself, and the ornaments she added were so beautiful, that even I was surprised,” says Varsenik. Gayane’s handicrafts will soon be displayed in several exhibitions.

Among its other goals, FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) in the Tavush region strives to fill schoolchildren’s everyday lives with interesting pastimes. 8 extracurricular clubs in 5 different villages are already active in the areas of art, dance, knitting, needlework, handmade art, basketball, and volleyball.

BCPP makes it a high priority to invest in the future of today’s children from the Berd region. It is our hope that the efforts of BCPP will empower Gayane and her friends in different extracurricular clubs to one day create a bright future for themselves in their native villages.

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[FAR Social Services]: Happy Families – The Best Feedback

  • September 10, 2014 1:44 pm

Here at FAR, each time we see happy and satisfied families in Armenia, we are reminded of the monumental efforts that FAR’s generous supporters and donors put forth on a regular basis. FAR’s network and community of support grows each day, and the impact is made palpable in myriad ways.

One such example occurred when Berd’s Pastor Father Aram Mirzoyan, a very dear friend of FAR, met with families of the Tsaghkavan village. Father Aram spoke to them about family preservation and patriotism, and blessed the village children and their parents with his warmest wishes.

The meeting was initiated by the social workers of FAR’s Berd Office that operates within the social component of the Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP).

The residents of Tsaghkavan were excited about the meeting and used the opportunity to express their gratitude to Father Aram, FAR and the Mardigian Foundation for the support provided to their families.

BCPP’s social assistance component provides support to 260 families from the town of Berd and seven surrounding villages.

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[Ayo!]: Schoolchildren in Yerevan Join Crowdfunding Effort to Keep Their Friends on the Border Safe

  • September 8, 2014 10:00 am

Students at Leo Tolstoy School

September 1 in Armenia is traditionally the first day of school and Knowledge Day – a festive day for schoolchildren, their parents, and their teachers. It’s known for traffic jams, new backpacks, and lavish bouquets for teachers. This year, the Leo Tolstoy Public School #128 along with Yerevan Productions held a “September 1st Without Flowers” initiative, where students were encouraged to donate the funds that they would have spent on flowers to Ayo!’s Protective Walls project.

And so, with the participation of every single student of the school, $920 was raised to build a wall around the kindergarten and school of the Armenian village of Aygepar that is constantly under sniper fire from across the border. The Leo Tolstoy students said “Ayo!” to saving and protecting the lives of their fellow friends in Aygepar so that they don’t have to risk their lives to get the education to which all children have a right.

Since the Leo Tolstoy students did not bring flowers to their teachers, the teachers, themselves, gave each student a balloon with a handmade paper flower attached to it. The children then released the balloons into the air, hoping that their good spirits will reach their friends in Aygepar.

You, too, can join the generous souls of the Leo Tolstoy School and say Ayo! to a safe learning environment in Aygepar. Visit www.weareayo.org/protective-walls to learn more about the project and to make your contribution today! Every minute and every penny counts.

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[GTech]: New Office, New Pride

  • September 5, 2014 10:28 am

GTC Building

GTech has moved into a brand new office building as part of the Gyumri Technology Center (GTC) this summer.

GTC is a unique place gathering the IT-sector specialists and companies in Gyumri to create a productive incubator for start-ups and young companies. GTC uses creativity and technical skills to make the city competitive in the modern business market.

Other well-known companies that call GTC home are Rostelecom, D-Link, E-works, Digital Pomegranate, Time Production, and SkyLine. GTech is now the newest member on the block at GTC, and can consider all these innovators as new neighbors and colleagues.

GTech’s new office is significantly larger, very well designed and fully equipped with modern conveniences, which provide GTech staff members with a greatly improved working environment.

This move is a symbolic event for GTech as it is a wonderful chance to improve and ensure its activity in a new location.

GTech would be pleased to welcome you to their new office at the address 1st Gayi Street, Gyumri, Armenia.

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