FAR staff recently distributed the spring stipends for the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) to several recipients in Armenia and Javakhk. CASP stipends are made possible by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). Children from single-parent homes receive these stipends twice a year, which help their families cover the cost of food, clothing, heating or school supplies. This recent distribution reached children from Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Meghri, Gyumri and Javakhk. And for the first time 49 children from Tavush also received stipends.
Fall distribution will cover Armavir, Ararat, Aragatsotn, Gegharqunik and Kotayk, and they will be implemented through Araratyan Diocese, bringing the total number of children impacted by CASP to 1,200. CASP distribution was held at local churches, including St. Grigor Lusavorich in Sisian, St. Grigor Lusavorich in Goris, St. Mesrop Mashtots in Kapan and Meghri’s St. Mariam Astvatsatsin.
FAR staff also made several home visits to new beneficiaries to get closely acquainted with their living conditions and needs, further solidifying the fact that that support from CASP is dire. In fact, Vardik Aghajanians, the mother of Goris beneficiaries Gor and Mariam, said that support from CASP is a salvation for their family. The support will hopefully help Vardik afford treatment for Gor’s vision problems.