FAR Board Honors Legacies, Sets Goals


The Fund for Armenian Relief held a meeting of its Board of Directors on January 29, at the Diocesan Center in New York. Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Diocesan Primate and the President of FAR, presided.


The meeting came in the wake of the board’s trip to Armenia in 2019, to mark 30 years of FAR’s mission. On that occasion, the government of Armenia, bestowed FAR with the “Order of Honor," its highest official award.


At the meeting, the board expressed particular satisfaction with flagship FAR programs like “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” and the state-of-the-art Vocational Training Center for Children with Disabilities.


With an eye to the future, the board approved a new project addressing healthcare in cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, supporting early diagnosis and prevention among the inhabitants of Armenia’s rural regions.


Members expressed deep thanks and admiration to distinguished outgoing board member Dr. Aram Chobanian, and welcomed new members Dr. Richard Babayan and Lynn Barsamian. They approved naming several initiatives in honor of the late FAR leaders Dr. Edgar Housepian, Annette Choolfaian, and Professor Yervant Terzian, and approved scholarships named for Michael Aram and Annette Choolfaian to help, respectively, aspiring artists and nursing students in Armenia.

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