Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a promising future for the people of Armenia, the Republic of Artsakh, and Javakhk.
Founded by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) in response to the devastating 1988 earthquake, FAR was reorganized into a not-for-profit charitable voluntary organization and received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit status by the IRS in March 1993.
Since then, FAR has implemented about 300 relief, social, educational and cultural projects valued at roughly $370 million.
Letter From Our
President and Chairman
The year 2021 was another story of incredible challenges. As the dust settled from the 2020 Artsakh War and the world continued to grapple with a new set of ever-fluid COVID changes, we encountered a “new” Armenia, one in which a large group of the population, newly displaced and forced to start over, needed our help. There was also Artsakh itself, the precious land irrevocably changed by the most recent conflict, its challenges arguably greater than ever in the past two decades.
Thanks to your continued support during 2021 we were able to focus on these great challenges, in addition to our traditional programs. Thanks to you, we were able to directly touch the lives of more than 50,000 people, and more than 250,000 indirectly.
Our desire and dedication to help Armenians from Artsakh and to play a part in laying a stronger foundation for Artsakh’s future led to the creation of exciting new initiatives, which you will see outlined in more detail in the FAR for Artsakh section of this report.
By working with the Artsakh government, FAR’s Social Workers for Artsakh project is helping to build a social services support structure. It is something so necessary in a place where many families have returned to find their home and livelihood destroyed. Such a system is essential for help and guidance toward a better future.
Also launched in 2021, Doctors for Artsakh strengthens Artsakh’s health system through professional support, added expertise, and resource allocation.
Then there are the individuals and families who found themselves having to completely start their lives over. For them, home didn’t exist anymore. Our new project Support for Artsakh’s Displaced specifically addresses the needs of this population with assistance for housing, income-generation, and education.
As a multi-sectored organization, FAR has a range of expertise and a record of success in emergency and development assistance. We continued our work to empower Armenians through opportunity in education and business. We strengthened education through the reconstruction and refurbishment of 58 schools and daycare centers and by providing scholarships to 550 young, ambitious students. We moved a few steps further to bringing quality healthcare to those who need it most through professional development trainings for more than 250 doctors and nurses.
We want to thank you for enabling us to make a big impact in the lives of so many people in Armenia and Artsakh. Your trust in FAR and your support of our mission were most inspiring in the midst of the never diminishing challenges and uncertainties of 2021.
It is because of you that FAR can continue to grow, continue to focus on the greatest needs, meet long-term challenges and adapt to new ones. It is because of you that we can continue to create a greater Armenia.
Bishop Daniel Findikyan