A mission spurred by selfless dedication

A mission spurred by selfless dedication

by Sevak Hakobyan “I had heard great things about Armenia Fund’s medical missions to Armenia, and always wanted to get involved in the program,” says Araz Melkonian, a family doctor. “I finally had the chance to do it this year, and, as part of the medical team from...
Grandma Zemfira’s secret to living a long life

Grandma Zemfira’s secret to living a long life

by Sevak Hakobyan When asked to reveal her secret to longevity, Grandma Zemfira lists a number of exotic-sounding herbs and vegetables. At 78, she still works every day, going to the fields and working the land. “The young ones joke that I’m healthier than them,” she...
A Quest for Healing

A Quest for Healing

by Sevak Hakobyan Armen’s fishhook is gathering dust in a drawer at his home. He’s been in a wheelchair for the past three months. He can’t even attend classes — let alone go fishing. The Kambulyans, who live in Ptghavan, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Region, know...
The joy of being pain-free again

The joy of being pain-free again

by Sevak Hakobyan “Every day, for ten years, I’ve walked ten kilometers to come from Jujevan to Noyemberyan,” recalls Nshanik Hovhannisyan, who has worked at the Noyemberyan Hospital from 1985 to 1995. Today, Hovhannisyan has come to Noyemberyan in a car, and somehow...
This hardy resident will never leave his border village

This hardy resident will never leave his border village

In Berdavan, a village in Armenia’s Tavush Region located less than a mile from the border with Azerbaijan, most adult residents are former or current soldiers, irrespective of their regular professions. They include Gagik Ghazaryan, the district manager in charge of...
A Los Angeles doctor’s fascination with Armenia

A Los Angeles doctor’s fascination with Armenia

by Sevak Hakobyan Dr. Robin Kim, of Glendale, California, has participated in medical missions to several countries including Haiti, Peru, Mexico, and, in recent years, Armenia. An anesthesiologist at Adventist Health Glendale (AHG) for the past 17 years, Dr. Kim was...

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