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Within the framework of the "Church Combatting Domestic Violence and Promoting Men’s Engagement in Addressing it" project, called to life due to the cooperation of WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund, an event entitled "Secrets of a happy family" was held on September 23, in Saint Holy Mother of God church of Tsovinar village, Gegharkounik region, organized by Reverend Father Gevorg Ter-Barseghyan of Diocese of Gegharkounik.

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The lecture was intended for about 20 members of the community under the pastor's care, but upon hearing the priest's words and being intrigued by the subject, more people hurried to church. As a result, about 40 people participated inside the church, observing the rules for protection from the plague, and at least 10 people from the churchyard.

The event began with the Lord's Prayer and completed with a prayer for the protection of the family. The whole speech of the priest was spiced with traditional Armenian and Biblical messages, the main goal of which was to instill in the audience the noble ideas of love and devotion, to give the key to a God-pleasing life.

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The speech was full of dialogues, during which Father Gevorg raised the questions of concern to the participants and gave relevant advice and accurate answers. The audience consisted of young boys and girls, couples preparing for marriage, as well as fathers and mothers were among the participants.

The participants also noted the importance of the implementation of events organized about family in the future, highlighting the need to address especially such topics as "The true basics of raising children", "Traditional values of marriage" in the current society.

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For a decade from now, WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, implements projects aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia. Within the framework of these projects, continuous trainings were conducted for the clergy and social workers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to carry out primary prevention of domestic violence, raising people's awareness in the communities and the RA Army, as well as providing personal, couple and family counseling.

WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation (ART) initiated a consultative meeting within the framework of the "Church Combatting Domestic Violence and Promoting Men’s Engagement in Addressing it" project for those priests and social workers, serving in the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church Dioceses of Aragatsotn, Armavir, Shirak, Tavush, Gougark, Gegharkunik, who from August 15 have started the second phase of activities on the topic of prevention of domestic violence in their communities, organizing events, trainings, counseling meetings with young people, newlyweds, and for contract soldiers and conscripts of the RA Armed Forces, emphasizing especially participation of men, as involving men in action within the framework of the project is the main key to prevent domestic violence. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the consultative meeting was held online. The consultant was psychologist Davit Gevorgyan.


Priests and soc. workers discussed with the expert crisis, stressful situations between the parent-child and husband-wife relationships, possible ways to combat the concept of fear, and also the agenda issues in the communities under their pastoral care: the gender stereotypes, prejudices and the psychological characteristics of discriminatory behavior derived from them. The participants received appropriate advice to find the best solutions.
For a decade from now, the WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, implements projects aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia.

Within the framework of these projects, continuous trainings were conducted for the clergy and social workers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to carry out primary prevention of domestic violence, raising people's awareness in the communities and the RA Army, as well as providing personal, couple and family counseling.

The 7th Fresco International Festival of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Films created a cultural holiday from August 22 to September 1, holding film screenings-discussions, concert programs և online meetings. The solemn opening ceremony of the festival took place on August 22 in the beautiful border town of Berd, with an open-air solo concert of the Berd dance ensemble. Then, on August 24, the Yerevan program started with an open-air screening of films. The Yerevan concert program was full: on August 28 the solo concert of the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia was held, on August 29 the first of a series of jubilee concerts dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Ruben Hakhverdyan within the framework of "Fresco", on August 30 Jivan Gasparyan and friends.

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Out of more than 3,000 applications (85 countries) submitted to the festival this year, 63 films (23 countries) were selected. The competition program includes films whose messages are humanitarianism, patriotism, healthy lifestyle and other universal values.

The jury of the festival included 16 people:
1. Anastasia Robskaya (Ukraine)
2. Armin Ebrahimi (Iran)
3. Arnaldo Casali (Italy)
4. Beata Golenska (Italy)
5. Father Yevgeny Glazunov (Russia)
6. Father Hambardzum Danielyan (Armenia)
7. Father Marek Lis (Poland)
8. Irina Yagubyan (Armenia)
9. Karen Mnatsakanyan (Armenia)
10. Katya Malatesta (Italy)
11. Manya Ghazaryan (Armenia)
12. Nona Sisakyan (Belarus)
13. Simone Semprini (Italy)
14. Tamara Tsotsoria (Russia)
15. Ayvazyan (Great Britain)
16. Vladislav Robski (Ukraine)


The names of the award-winning films of the 7th Fresco International Festival of Contemporary Art and Concern Films are already known.

The winners of the animated films were announced

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"The voice groaned", France, Atam Rasho, THE BEST MESSAGE - "FAITH".
"Recipe in Exile", USA, Chantal Kasarjyan, BEST MESSAGE - "FAMILY VALUES".
"Grandmother", Bulgaria, Rosa Kolchagova, BEST MESSAGE - "LOVE".


The winners of the feature films were announced

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"Enemies", Georgia, Georgi Gachava, BEST MESSAGE - "PEACE".
"Nuts", Iran, Mohammadreza Haji Gholam, BEST MESSAGE - "FAITH".
"Dream Team", Russia, Philip Abrutin, Maxim Zikov, BEST MESSAGE - "SPORTS VALUES".
"Aniko", Armenia, Anna Harutyunyan, BEST MESSAGE - "FAMILY VALUES".

Short films were recognized as winners


"Exclusive day", France Cedric Spinasu, BEST MESSAGE - "FAMILY VALUES".
"Azad", Iran, Mirabas Khosravinejad, BEST MESSAGE - "HUMANITY".
"Salt and bread", Armenia, Russia, Bear-Knight Shermazanyan, BEST MESSAGE - "FORGIVENESS".
"Valenki", Russia, Anna Prudnikova, BEST MESSAGE - "HOPE".
"Extinguisher", Spain, Rodrigo Sopenya, Joanna Solnadok, BEST MESSAGE - "FAITH".
"Dear", Russia, Irina Bass, BEST MESSAGE - "FAMILY VALUES".
"Pipon և blind love", France, Hugo Le Gugliեղekek, BEST MESSAGE - "LOVE".
"Label", Macedonia, Georgi Unkovski, BEST MESSAGE - "FAMILY VALUES".

The winners of the documentaries were announced

"Queue list", Russia, Natalia Makhanko, BEST MESSAGE - "THE HERO OF OUR DAYS".
"Red fish - salmon", Russia, Dmitry Spilenok, Vladislav Grishin, BEST MESSAGE - "CLEAN PLANET".
"What will happen tomorrow", Russia, Anastasia Standke, BEST MESSAGE - "FAITH".
"Spinner", France, Didier Cross, BEST MESSAGE - "COURAGE".
"Litvyakov to man", Russia, Roman Pomerantsev, BEST MESSAGE - "LOVE".



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Winners of a special award of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin have been announced


"The voice of sighing", France, Atam Rasho, THE BEST MESSAGE: "HOPE, FAITH, LOVE".
"Heavenly Joy", Russia, Natalia Fedchenko, BEST MESSAGE: "HOPE, FAITH, LOVE".
"The Monk", Russia, Dan Green, BEST MESSAGE - "CONFESSION".

It should be reminded that the festival is implemented with the main support of the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, with the blessing of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with the support of the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation, in compliance with the rules of coronavirus prevention (COVID-19) in the Republic of Armenia.

Sona Chovushian and Flora Mirzakhanian are students of the Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, who are doing their internships at Office of the Prime Minister of the RA within the framework of the “Bright Future for Youth” project.


Sona is from Armavir region, she studies at the Department of “Translation and Intercultural Communication”, and has a great interest toward languages-fluent in Russian, English and German. Sona has a huge volunteer work experience, including translation and organizational work, and participation in the Erasmus + trainings.


Sona Chovushian. "Being an active person, I have always wished to participate in various programs along with the university, to try myself in different fields, to find a job or internship corresponding to my profession. However, while studying at university, it is quite difficult to find a job that gives professional growth. Especially now the difficulties have been doubled due to the problems and limitations caused by the pandemic. A month ago I was given a wonderful opportunity to have an internship in the Government of the Republic of Armenia, at the Office of the Prime Minister. For a month now, thanks to the "Bright Future for Youth" project, I have been doing an internship in the Department of “Information and Public Relations”, where I participate in various activities, take down in shorthand speeches of Ministers, study foreign media analysis, do researches, participate in filming, etc.


This month gave me a wonderful experience of working with a good team, having senior colleagues with great experience and of course working and discovering myself. I am sure that the following months will help me to specialize even more and acquire a lot of knowledge.”
Flora Mirzakhanian is from Yerevan, she has graduated from the Department of “Political Science” this year, fluent in several languages, and is a member of the "MITK" Educational-Youth Initiative. In addition to her studies, Flora has participated in a number of extracurricular courses on democracy, media literacy, as well as EU values and human rights, both in Armenia and abroad.
Flora Mirzakhanian. "After graduation of the Bachelor's degree a month ago, I decided to pursue a professional career and find a job, but I came across a reality. Almost all job places required work experience. Yes, work experience is important, but if no one gives you the opportunity to work, how can you gain that experience?
Fortunately, I learned about the “Bright Future for Youth” project, which allows young people to get paid internships. I have already acquired a number of skills in a month, which I am sure will be useful in my future activities, and the work experience gained here will help me move on to other jobs.”
The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.


The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020.

We would like to introduce you Carlos Kouloumian, a participant of the paid internship program, which is being implemented within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project.


Hello…
My name is Carlos Kouloumian, I was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. In 2014, when I completed 10th grade, my family and I decided to move to Armenia due to the war situation. When we arrived in Armenia, I easily integrated into Yerevan’s life, as I grew up longing for my homeland. After graduating from high school in Armenia, I realized my childhood dream and applied to the Faculty of Architecture of the Armenian National University of Architecture and Construction.


It was my dream, as from childhood I have always loved to create and have attended painting classes. Here in Armenia I like the architecture of the buildings and churches, the art sculptures on the buildings just breathe, for me they are unique architectural masterpieces. I hope I can have my contribution to Armenian architecture in the future. Thus, presently, as a fourth-year student, I am already doing a professional internship at the “Urban Unit” Architectural and Construction Company within the framework of the "Bright Future for Youth" project implemented by the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization (Aleppo-NGO) and the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation.


During the internship, I participate in the works of design of buildings, measurements and etc., due to which I apply the knowledge gained through various university and extracurricular courses, as well as acquire new knowledge and skills. Thanks to this program, I get acquainted with the working process of my profession, common environment, and I believe that soon I will be able to prepare a complete architectural project on my own.
The paid internship component of the "Bright Future for Youth" project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.


The "Bright Future for Youth" project was launched on 1 February 2020.


“ACT Alliance welcomes the cessation of direct military action on the Armenian-Azerbaijan border last month. We urge the parties of the conflict to continue to respect the ceasefire and de-escalate the situation in order to avoid further casualties. We deeply regret all loss of lives, and offer our sincere condolences . We stand in solidarity with those who lost a loved one in the hostilities.

We recognize the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs and reiterate our full support to their efforts to peacefully address the situation.

In the current context, with the novel coronavirus pandemic, efforts to ensure peace are more important than ever. As both sides have been badly affected by the pandemic, we are concerned that the threat of violence could exacerbate both the health risks and have heavy socio-economic implications for the citizens living in the border regions. Difficulties with access to water reservoirs and farmland present an increasingly greater risk to the civilians’ livelihood in the area. The hardship faced by civilians reconfirms the need for mutual understanding and cooperation across the border. Such cooperation has to consider the duty to protect all civilians as per commitments to uphold human rights and International Humanitarian Law.

Therefore, ACT Alliance calls for:

The engagement of faith actors and civil society in peacebuilding efforts along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

All parties to continue to respect the ceasefire, de-escalate the situation and avoid further casualties.

All parties to respect the duty to protect all civilians as per obligations to uphold human rights and International Humanitarian Law.

All parties to engage in existing opportunities for peaceful negotiations as well as enhanced mechanisms for communication to ensure the safety of all civilians.

Inclusion of local faith actors and civil society from all sides in dialogue processes that seek solutions to the conflict.

7th August 2020”.

WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation (ART) initiated a consultative meeting within the framework of the "Church Combatting Domestic Violence and Promoting Men’s Engagement in Addressing it" project for those priests and social workers, serving in the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church Dioceses of Aragatsotn, Armavir, Shirak, Tavush, Gougark, Gegharkunik, who from July 1 to September 25 should work on the topic of domestic violence prevention by organizing events, courses, counseling meetings for young people, newlyweds in their communities and for contract soldiers and conscripts of the RA Armed Forces, emphasizing especially participation of men, as involving men in action within the framework of the project is the main key to prevent domestic violence. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the consultative meeting was held online. The consultant was psychologist Davit Gevorgyan.


Priests and soc. workers discussed with the expert the agenda issues in the communities under their pastoral care: the gender stereotypes, prejudices and the psychological characteristics of discriminatory behavior derived from them, and also crisis, stressful situations between the parent-child and husband-wife relationships. The participants received appropriate advice to find the best solutions.


For a decade from now, the WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, implements projects aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia. Within the framework of these projects, continuous trainings were conducted for the clergy and social workers of the Armenian Apostolic Church, to carry out primary prevention of domestic violence, raising people's awareness in the communities and the RA Army, as well as providing personal, couple and family counseling.

Since December, 2019, the CCD NGO has been trying to find ways to provide drinking water to Dovegh village: a number of partner organizations have been involved to fund the construction of the water line. In order to provide drinking water to the residents of Dovegh village, to the public, private and state-owned enterprises on a daily basis, a 2400m long water line is being built, which will connect the Stepanavan-Noyemberyan main water pipeline with the Dovegh village water pipeline. There is an internal drinking water network in the village.

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The long-awaited drinking water supply became reality due to the joint efforts and investments of CCD NGO, “Veolia Jur” CJSC, World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charity Round Table Foundation (ART), “Tashir” Charitable Foundation, Noyemberyan and Koghb Municipalities. All the mentioned organizations provided financial support for the implementation of the works.

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The staffs of Noyemberyan and Koghb consolidated communities, Tavush Governor’s Office, and the specialists of “Veolia Jur” CJSC ensured their active participation in the assessment of the volume of supplied water and in the development of the water line construction plan. The construction works are carried out by Noyemberyan municipality.

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The drinking water will be used by 550 residents of Dovegh vilalge. The supply of permanent drinking water in the village will also ensure the reopening of existing plants and the establishment of new ones which will provide new jobs for the residents of the border village of Dovegh.

We are happy to introduce you Meghrig Janesian, our next participant of the internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project…


I am Meghrig Janesian from Aleppo, Syria. Before moving to Armenia, I studied in Syria, majoring in Electronic Engineering.


I left my studies incomplete as a result of the war and with my family decided to move to Armenia, where I was sure I would find rest and continue my studies, which I had dropped out. In September 2016, I applied to the National Polytechnic University of Armenia the faculty of "Information Technologies" as a 2nd year student. I had chosen this profession taking into account the modernity of the IT sector and the job opportunities, which are being increased day by day.


Throughout academic years, I mastered C# programming, as well as HTML, JavaScript, WordPress programs, by participating in courses organized by “World Vision” Armenia, due to which I improved my professional knowledge.


In 2019 after the graduation of Bachelor's degree, I decided to pursue a career in professional work. To take my first steps, I turned to the professional internship program of the "Bright Future for Youth" project. After an interview and a few assignments, I got an internship at ITHD LLC as a Front End Developer.


During my internship I apply almost all my professional knowledge, day by day I become more skilled, self-confident in my work, as well as gain team working skills. I would like to thank this project for giving young people such an opportunity to lead them to a successful career.


The paid internship component of the “Bright Future for Youth” project enables talented youth to be involved in the activities of the most prestigious public and private sector institutions of the Republic of Armenia, paving a way for a successful career. Through the paid internship component, students and recent graduates improve their skills by working in various environments and gaining professional experience while working side-by-side with experienced professionals.
The “Bright Future for Youth” project was launched on 1 February 2020.

"Let's overcome the epidemic together" initiative was launched by “Pan-Armenian Youth Union” (AYU) educational and cultural youth NGO,  co-financed by WCC Armenia Round Table Charity Foundation and the Pan-Armenian Church Youth Organization.

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Within the framework of the project, citizens are provided with multi-layer, reusable breathing masks in individual packaging and appropriate to medical standards. Today, people need more spiritual and psychological support, but with a closed face it is impossible to express any emotion, so the volunteers of the Pan-Armenian Youth Union initiated to delineate drawing of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin on the masks as a symbol of hope and optimism. The Holy Cross of the central dome of the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin was recently consecrated by the Catholicos of All Armenians. That's why this year is probably marked for Armenian Christians as the year of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

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The project launched in the Holy Martyrs Church of the administrative district of Davtashen with the meeting of Archimandrite Tovma Khachatryan, the Dean of the Pan Armenian Church Youth Organization (ACYO) and director of the central office, Mikael Tumasyan, mayor of Davtashen district, and the volunteers of the Pan-Armenian Youth Union (AYU).

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Accompanied with the social department staff of the district administration and volunteers of the Holy Martyrs Church, Father Tovma and the volunteers of the Pan-Armenian Youth Union started the distribution of the masks to the socially vulnerable residents of Davtashen.
Within the framework of the initiative it is planned to distribute 3.000 masks.

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