Securing Gohar's Future



In a novel by Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, the King of Salem says: "Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is....there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."


A strong young girl, Gohar, despite having been born in a shattered damp temporary house after the 1988 earthquake, persists in working towards her mission and knows that through study, through great learning, it can be fulfilled. But under the strained monetary situation in which her family lives, she faces many obstacles. With the father unemployed and the mother supporting the family as a violin teacher at the FAR-affiliated Octet School of Music in Gyumri, their daughter’s dream of enrolling at university might be left unfulfilled. Fortune sent a group of young American professionals and among them an enterprising individual, Daniele Sahr, to help. This young woman immediately focused her time and energy to organize fundraising among her family and friends to meet an impending tuition deadline – Gohar would start university at Yerevan State in 3 weeks or she would not. Daniele’s genuine desire to help quickly mobilized people’s concern and in timely fashion their goal was met.

Thanks to those who took the challenge into their hands, Gohar, full of hope and gratefulness, attends the Turkish Department of the Oriental Faculty bachelor program. As Daniele explained to the donors, “This opportunity leaves Gohar poised to return to Gyumri (near the Turkish border) to work as a specialist in the event of the Armenian-Turkish border opening. Armenians must continue developing their knowledge in intercultural relations, culture, and history to help maneuver future changes in border rules and diplomatic activities. It is key that we ensure intelligent, driven students, like Gohar, get the education they need.” And most certainly, to fulfill their missions.