This Christmas, FAR’s generous supporters made it possible to distribute holiday gift packages to 388 Armenian school children in low-income communities. Thanks to them, each child received Christmas gifts, clothing, toys and sweets.
Packages were given out during various holiday celebrations held at several schools, which kicked off at Parakar Special School in Yerevan on December 18th. Staff then made visits to Gavar Special School in Gegharkunik Province, Nubarashen Special School in Yerevan, and finished off the festivities at Kayan Secondary School in Tavush Province on December 20th.
Christmas songs and dances, sparking lights and colorful costumes made the celebrations special. While children anticipated a visit from Santa Clause or Dzmer Pap, several FAR scholarship students volunteered to entertain with some cute performances.
Kids at the Nubarashen Special School organized their own very special performance this year. They wore the traditional dress of different nations from Europe and Africa, as well as Russia and the U.S., and explained each culture’s holiday traditions. They sang seasonal songs, recited winter poems and performed national dances.
“We all had very positive and joyous reactions to the children’s performance,” said FAR’s Educational Programs Director Eduard Karapetyan.
“It always moves us to remember these kids every year because it gives us great satisfaction to be able to help them. God bless them,” said Michael Haratunian, a dedicated supporter of FAR’s Gulamerian Program and the FAR Children’s Center.