With FAR's Help She Can Support Her Community


Nvard Kocharyan has landed her dream job. As an emergency charge nurse at Berd Medical Center, the 46-year-old helps COVID patients to get the urgent help they need. And if Berd's facility is at capacity, she helps ensure they are sent to other healthcare centers and hospitals around the country that can treat them.

Nvard handles almost everything, from making schedules to coordinating the patients’ pickup and drop off in places like Gyumri, Dilijan, Sevan, and Yerevan. While she started this position in July after a long professional break, Nvard also recently participated in FAR’s 12-day Capacity Building for Community Nurses Training, which also granted her the professional development credits needed to maintain her nursing license.

The job has helped her in myriad ways. After losing her 19-year-old son, Gor, who was a soldier in the 44-day Artsakh War, working has kept her focused.

“I have worked bedside for months, which has actually helped me to relieve some of my grief,” she said. “After my son’s death, I was having a hard time taking care of my other children.”

Currently, Nvard lives with her two sons Ruben, 22, and Aram, 18. Aram is a former beneficiary of our CASP Program and a current Mardigian Scholarship Student at the Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture․

“FAR has been very supportive to me and my family. If not for this training I don't think I would have been able to keep my job and support my family,” she said.