Monthly Archives: August 2014

Making Camp Better Than It Was — U. Karoun Tcholakian

Fifteen picture frames are hung in the Rec Hall, and every single one shows the true beauty of AYF Camp Haiastan and the message camp sends: “Make it better than it was.” As I look through the pictures, I can see that camp is a cherished, important aspect in everyone's lives. “Making it better than it was” is the mentality many of us wake up with to better the place we love. There are many traditions at camp such as the talent show, dances,

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AYF Interns Visit Camp Javakhk – U. Dalita Getzoyan

AYF Interns Visit Camp Javakhk By Dalita Getzoyan On Saturday, July 19, we visited Camp Javakhk! We were very fortunate to have this experience and we were also very happy to see what has been accomplished in this region. In 2012, a committee of Armenian-American youth from the Eastern United States working with the Armenian Relief Society, Inc., decided it was time to establish a program in this region in an effort to connect the Diaspora to

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AYF-YOARF Statement on Azerbaijan Aggression Against Nagorno-Karabakh

August 6, 2014 In recent days, the lives of Armenians residing in Nagorno-Karabakh have been placed in danger because of attacks on the border by Azerbaijan. The citizens of Nagorno-Karabakh have experienced heightened warfare after Azerbaijan has yet again violated the 20-year-old ceasefire that exists between the two countries. The AYF-YOARF Eastern Region's attention and thoughts are with our brothers and sisters in the Republic who are needlessly

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Going With the Flow in Armenia – U. Faye Khatchadourian

Going with the flow in Armenia By Faye Khatchadourian As I continue my adventure here in Armenia I realize that I have to adapt to the realities of everyday life in my new home here in beautiful Yerevan. After a few weeks of working and visiting the sites, we came home the other day to find out that there was no running water. People here don't get too excited about such things even though they may lose water without any warning.  When we called

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A Beautiful View: Mt. Aragats – U. Sona Dagley

A Beautiful View: Mt. Aragats By Sona Dagley This past Saturday we went on an excursion to Mt. Aragats. But prior to reaching the point in which we would start hiking, we made a few pit stops. First we stopped at Saghmosavank monastery. This monastery was erected in 1215 by Prince Vache Vachutyan. The church sits atop of the Kasakh river canyon. When looking out over the canyon, I couldn’t help but have a feeling of pride knowing that this beautiful

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