Meet Gohar Gyurjyan, a 26-year-old social worker who is the epitome of resilience and strength. A dream weaver, she has been committed to helping those suffering from the traumas of war and displacement since 2020, constantly adapting to each new crisis as it unfolds, never giving up on helping others no matter the challenges or obstacles she faced.
In the aftermath of the 2020 war, Gohar Gyurjyan, pioneered the first Sunday school in her hometown of Martakert, Artsakh, providing solace to displaced Artsakh children through empathetic weekly discussions. She fully immersed herself in comprehensive courses from the Social Work Training Program, launched by FAR in 2021, focusing on supporting displaced families of fallen soldiers.
When the blockade was implemented, Gohar adapted, travelling the region, initially on foot and later by bicycle, visiting each family to deliver essential supplies, particularly to those that were displaced and unwell.
With the onset of attacks on September 19th, Gohar’s world changed yet again. "On September 19, I bought 30 pieces of bread. By noon, I had already delivered 25 using my bicycle, a purchase made during the blockade. When heavy shelling commenced, I sought refuge in a nearby shelter, but concern for my mom, who was at school, lingered. Despite the intense shelling, I rode my bike to the school building. The relief washed over me when I found my mom safe. Subsequently, the enforced deportation unfolded, leading us to Yerevan, where we settled in a rented house with hopes and beliefs somewhat shaken," she shared.
Now in Yerevan, Gohar has piloted a new initiative, running a Sunday school program for children like she had in Martakert.
"Within the Sunday School, we converse in our native dialect, cherishing our language and shared bonds. Engaging in heartfelt conversations, I find it challenging to uplift their spirits, often delving into discussions about their emotions. These children have weathered fear and psychological trauma, demanding persistent efforts to overcome. In this space, I'm more than a teacher—I assume the roles of a psychologist and social worker, striving to infuse a glimmer of hope and belief into their journey toward a fresh start," shared Gohar.
"All my dreams and goals were tied to Artsakh. In Martakert, I aspired to activate my community, and now, I aim to establish a small Martakert here in Yerevan,” she said.