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A fresh start for a survivor family

Old address: Gorky Street, metal container No. 161/047 New address: Mush 2 District, 11th Street, Building No. 1, Apartment 25 Lyova Galstyan and his wife, Voskehat, are among thousands of Gyumri families whose lives were turned upside down by the 1988 earthquake. The...

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A new, wonderful turning point

Old address: Vazgen Sargsyan Street, metal container No. 224/109 New address: Mush 2 District, Building No. 4/29, Apartment 21 This is the incredible story of the Hovsepyans, a family that struggled for sheer survival on the margins of Gyumri, forgotten long ago, all...

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The realization of a cherished dream

Old address: metal container No. 231/450 New address: Mush 2 District, Halabyan Street, Building No. 4, Apartment 30 For as long as he remembers, Arsen Khachatryan, a young resident of Gyumri, has lived in huts — known as domiks. Born a few years after the 1988 Spitak...

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Gyumri Housing Natalya

Old address: Domik No. 214/058, near the new Police Station New address: Mush 2, 7th Street, Building 2/1, Apartment 6 It seems incredible that Natalya Struk was able to raise her family in a ramshackle hut, known as a domik, which lacked even the most basic of human...

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Gyumri Housing Anahit Sukiasyan

Old address: Hut No. 217/054, Repini Street, across from the Music School New address: Mush 2, Building 65, Apartment 16 The Sukiasyans were among Gyumri’s forgotten: struggling on the margins, surrounded by dreadful living conditions, barely scraping by. Such...

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A whole new world of knowledge and skills

On September 19, 2009, Gohar Khachaturyan gave birth to her second child, through Cesarean section. Today, eight years later, she’s about to undergo another surgery, this time for removing gallbladder stones. Earlier in the morning, as Gohar was stepping out of the...

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The best New Year of their lives

Old address: Makeshift metal container No. 46/009 New address: Mush 2 district, Building 9/1, Apartment 13 The Elbakyans are among hundreds of low-income families in Gyumri who not only lost their home to the 1988 earthquake, but have endured the indignity of having...

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A fresh start for a homeless Gyumri family

Old address: Manushyan Street, makeshift metal container No. 230/360 New address: Mush 2 district, Street 7, Building 4, Apartment 4 The Senekhchyan family once had a normal, comfortable life in Gyumri. It all changed suddenly in December 1988, when their apartment...

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The enduring legacy of Hacop Baghdassarian

Nestled among gentle green slopes and bordered by a tributary of the Karkar River, Krasni is a quintessential Artsakh village: timeless in its breathtaking beauty; timeless in the hospitality of its hardy residents and their deep-rooted traditions. Yet the word...

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Talish: Home is where the heart is

by Sevak Hakobyan “You can say we’re now in little Talish,” Vilen Petrosyan says with a smile as he shows a cluster of temporary residences in Alashan. Petrosyan has been the mayor of Talish for the past 25 years. Today, the communal kitchen, public bath, and...

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Little Jenya has decided to become a doctor

by Sevak Hakobyan Three-year-old Jenya Khojyan has already decided to become a doctor when she grows up. The little girl’s inspiration comes from her mother, Tehmine, who for the past seven years has been working as a nurse at the Noyemberyan Hospital’s Gynecology...

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Feeling Great After Two Simultaneous Surgeries

by Sevak Hakobyan In his native village of Jujevan, 70-year-old Armenak Chilingaryan is known as Siraj. His wife, Anahit, says jokingly, “I found out his real name only recently, after so many years of marriage. He has been called Siraj ever since he was a little...

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Varduhi Asiryan: “I feel at home here”

by Sevak Hakobyan In 2005, obstetrician and gynecologist Varduhi Asirian was invited to attend a wedding in the United States. The invitation would prove to be life-changing for the young doctor. She went on to move to America with her family. Varduhi finds it painful...

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A Surgery To Help Artyom Speak

by Sevak Hakobyan When asked, “How old are you?” little Artyom raises two fingers and barely manages to lisp the word “two.” At the time Artyom, the Manukyans’ second child, was born, doctors told them the baby had a birth defect known as posterior tongue tie. The...

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Noyemberyan Hospital: A Lifetime of Service

Noyemberyan Hospital: A Lifetime of Service by Sevak Hakobyan Sixty-three-year old Marieta Amiraghyan has dedicated 36 years of her life to the Noyemberyan Hospital. It was in 1980, she recalls, that after graduating from Yerevan’s State Medical University, she...

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Artur The Invincible

Hovhannes Tumanyan’s “The Invincible Rooster” is eight-year-old Artur’s favorite fairy tale. He can recite it from start to finish, but has difficulty speaking. Artur Gyureghyan was born with two birth defects: facial and oral malformations known as cleft palate and cleft lip.

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Mrs. Roza’s New Year Wish

Across the hallways of Noyemberyan Hospital, 84-year-old Roza Bayramyan is frantically asking staff members, “Have you seen my daughter?” She’s been looking for Zarouhie Koftekian, a registered nurse from Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC). Mrs. Roza says jokingly that only at 84 was she able to find her daughter.

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The Lovely Lovers’ Park

One of Yerevan’s most pleasant attractions is Lovers’ Park, a longtime green space that was recently renovated. The new park was a collaboration between a Swiss-Armenian philanthropist and Armenia Fund. Someone decided early on that as people moved from rural areas to...

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Caring for the Children of Khustup

The pediatric center of the hospital in Kapan, in Armenia’s south, serves the area’s children, including those with physical and mental disabilities. The structure, however, was falling apart. Armenia Fund completely renovated the facilities so that now the center is...

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Faithful to the Armenian Spirit

In Karin Tak, a village known for its heroism during the Artsakh War for Independence, Armenia Fund has brought clean water, renovated part of a school, and continues to implement new projects to improve living conditions. The old maxim, “never underestimate your...

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Third Time’s a Charm

In a town reborn, Armenia Fund built a community center where villagers participate in civic life, hold meetings and events, and receive basic healthcare. It’s a familiar story to Armenians: villagers suddenly descended upon by armed bandits and soldiers filled with...

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Living on the Edge

A part of the Tavush region rests in a precarious geographic position, far from large cities, hard to access by road, and surrounded by an enemy that regularly takes aim at civilians. Armenia Fund fully renovated the hospital in Noyemberyan, accessible by all in this...

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Giving Them Back Their Golden Years

In Stepanakert, Armenia Fund has helped to fully reconstruct a nursing home which was on its last legs. The elderly and disabled who live there will now have access to facilities and amenities they do not have access to anywhere else. They are called the “golden...

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Achieving True Victory in War

In Chapar, a northern village in Artsakh, Armenia Fund has constructed a new school with modern amenities to serve the local population. During the time Armenia Fund has realized many projects in and around the area, 15 families have moved back and resettled in the...

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Where Education Is Valued, Education Flourishes

In a town whose students overwhelmingly go on to pursue a higher education, Armenia Fund built a new state-of-the-art school to replace its dilapidated predecessor. Her head is held high and her speech is formal. If you hadn’t arrived on a sparsely driven road winding...

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A Healthcare Hub Where Fire Once Rained

Stepanakert was decimated by the time heroic Armenians liberated Shushi and stopped the inhumane bombardment by GRAD missiles of the city. Since then, through an Armenia Fund healthcare initiative that has built a state-of-the-art hospital and polyclinic, the city has...

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Small, Harsh and Inspirational

Maybe it’s pride. Maybe it’s tradition. Whatever it is, something special keeps them going, these villagers. In Tavush’s Gandzakar village, under nonstop sniper fire from across the border, the villagers tend their crops, the children attend school - life goes on. In...

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In Vino Veritas

Armenia Fund continues its new series on welcoming developments in Armenia, including Artsakh. For over two decades, the Fund has been doing humanitarian work throughout Armenia and this series is a showcase of encouraging initiatives, some that are a direct result of...

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Moo-ving Toward Sustainable Dairy Farming

Cows have traditionally been a source of income for Armenian farmers but after independence, the agricultural industry was badly damaged. In Lusadzor, in the country’s northeast, Armenia Fund has initiated a cattle breeding project to bring back sustainable dairy...

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The Family That Saved a Village

“I would need much more than one wish to make this village alive again.” This was how the mayor of Ditavan, Seyran Sargsyan, responded years ago when asked which issue he would want solved if he was granted one magic wish. The 19th century village sits about 1.2 miles...

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A Jolt for Heart Health in Zangezur

Before Armenia Fund built a modern cardiology center in Goris, some people would have to drive hundreds of miles to get help in Yerevan. With the project now complete, residents of southern Armenia and Artsakh have world-class cardiac care close to home. It’s only a...

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The Only Place Left – Shengavit Kindergarten

In a somber corner of Yerevan’s Shengavit district, Armenia Fund rebuilds a boarding school for children who have nowhere else to go. When you think Armenia Fund, you think bringing water to villages in Artsakh or building greenhouses for farmers in Tavush or...

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Preach Art, Not War

In Togh, the first village that saw fighting during the Artsakh War, Armenia Fund created an art school for children of the village and ten others that are nearby. It’s hard to know if art was on anyone’s mind. The segregated school with the Azerbaijanis on one side...

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Bringing the Elixir of Life to Karvachar

Karvachar, a town that had no running water is where Armenia Fund built a brand new distribution network that now provides the town with safe drinking water 24 hours a day. It’s early Saturday morning. You walk over to the sink and start brushing your teeth. The cool...

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Weaving Economic Prosperity in Stepanakert

Armenia Fund is pleased to bring you a new series on welcome developments in Armenia, including Artsakh. For over two decades, the Fund has been doing humanitarian work throughout Armenia and this series is an opportunity to showcase welcome developments in the...

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Giving Disabled Children a Better Chance

Every child deserves a chance. You won’t find this mantra inscribed anywhere at the Gyumri Orphanage for Physically and Mentally Disabled Children - but it’s the principle that drives the people who work there. Mentally challenged or physically disabled, the children...

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Gifting Peace of Mind: The Ororot’s Project

The birth of a child is the happiest moment in the life of a parent. When the newborn arrives, the cares of the world disappear, lost, as the parents are enchanted with their creation. Those cares, although temporarily gone, will sometimes affect the newborn child:...

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Tavush Greenhouses

If you’ve visited the Tavush region in Armenia, you wouldn’t think that you need help to grow anything there. The region is among the country’s lushest areas, spectacularly beautiful and spectacularly green; its hillside forests are neatly arranged like the densest...

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Vardenis-Martakert Highway

Roads. They connected the edges of the Roman Empire, allowing armies and trade to travel freely, with relative ease, as needed. Two millennia later in the United States, they connect the country’s vast territory so that someone can get on the Interstate 5 (or, “the 5”...

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Drakhtik Kindergarten: A Little Slice of Heaven

Just 12 miles from the front lines of a war zone, Drakhtik’s name, meaning “little heaven,” seems like it might describe better times in the past or hope for the future. But this village in the Hadrut region of the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic, despite its...

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Armenia Fund Provides Highway Presentation

Armenian-American Community Gears Up for Telethon 2013 Fundraising For Immediate Release ~ November 4, 2013 Contact: Sarkis Kotanjian ~ 818-243-6222 Burbank, CA – On Monday, November 4, 2013, Armenia Fund held a community event featuring a presentation of the...

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