Opening of the photo exhibition “Discovering Javakhk”

From today until 10 of November, you will find a small Javakhk corner in the center of Yerevan with its specific colors, flavors and traditions. A photo exhibition entitled "Discovering Javakhk" opened today in the hall of the AGBU Armenia at the address Melik Adamyan 2/2. There photographs of the participants of the photo action are exhibited, demonstrating the landscapes and colors of Javakhk. It should be noted that the “Support for Javakhk” Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, Sports of the Republic of Armenia, the National Association of Armenian Photographers and the Armenian General Benevolent Union, organized a three-day photo campaign on August 27-29  called "Discovering Javakhk". The project participants, Armenian-Georgian photographers from Armenia and Georgia, visited different regions, villages and cities of Javakhk for three days, got acquainted with the life and customs of rural settlements, of course, photographed everything that surprised, delighted and impressed them. Sos Sahakyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “Support for Javakhk” Foundation, mentioned that the ‘’Support for Javakhk’’ Foundation has a large package of cultural programs, and this photo exhibition and the previous photo campaign were one of them. - “The Foundation has set itself a very high goal and even the conditions of the coronavirus,  the ''Support for Javakhk'' Foundation was able to work, implement various programs in Javakhk more efficiently. And this exhibition is very important in terms of representing different areas. Here you will see the glances, the work, faith and church, home and nature of the people of Javakhk”․ RA Deputy Minister of Education and Science Arayik Khzmalyan, walking around the hall, said that he liked the photographs, which reflect the life of Javakhk, where there were human faces, smiles, reality, family, hearth. “It is a great honor for me to cooperate with the  “Support for Javakhk” Foundation, because what the fund does in Javakhk, it does at the highest level and according to cultural standards. Recently, I was present at the opening of Vahan Teryan's restored exhibition hall, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, the consistency and the professional approach. The "Support for Javakhk" Foundation dictates high taste, high standards, I am sure that in the future we will cooperate even more closely within the framework of various programs”. At the opening of the exhibition, the President of the Armenian Photographers Association Sergey Hakobyan, who shared his experience and knowledge with the participants during the photo campaign, said: “Javakhk admired with its landscapes, people, traditions and faith, with their mysterious and fascinating places, which are inexhaustible. It was very difficult to single out photographs that have something to say that will tell the viewer something about the everyday life of Javakhk”. The executive director of the "Support for Javakhk" Foundation Samvel Mkoyan mentioned: "The aim of the "Discovering Javakhk" campaign was to discover Javakhk, as very few people are familiar with the region, its life and traditions. But the region is very rich in its nature, traditions and customs, and with people of course. Of course, a very small part is represented here, but we tried to visit some villages and cities in three days”. During the event, the participants of the photo campaign were awarded certificates, and letters of thanks were given to the experts․ It should be reminded that the exhibition titled “Discovering Javakhk” will be open in the AGBU hall until 10 of November.

Annotation and opening of the “Khachkar” in the village of Ghaurma

Recently, an official opening ceremony of the Khachkar took place in the village of Ghaurma in Ninotsminda Municipality, which will be a sanctuary for the villagers. The khachkar was consecrated by the Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, Archimandrite Ter Kirakos Davtyan and Father Armash priest Poghosyan. The benefactor is Sayat Mkrtchyan, the son of village Ghaurma , and the sculptor is Ara Gharslyan. The opening of the khachkar was also attended by the executive department of the "Support for Javakhk" Foundation.

A photo action called “Open Javakhk” was held in Javakhk

From August 27 to 29, a three-day photo action "Open Javakhk" was held in Javakhk, organized by the Support to Javakheti Foundation together with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia. The participants of the program-Armenian and Georgian photographers from Armenia, Diaspora and Javakhk for three days visited the most beautiful and hidden corners of Javakhk, visited villages and towns of Akhalkalaki, Ninotsminda, Akhaltsikhe and Aspindz districts, sights and cultural monuments, got acquainted with the life, customs and everyday life of rural settlements and recorded what they saw, feelings and impressions through a camera. On the last day of the program, the participants also visited the villages of Gandza and Karzakh, the Ashugh Jivani and Vahan Teryan House Museums founded and restored by the foundation. Within the framework of the program, master classes were held by star photographer Inga Avanesova, President of the National Association of "Photographers of Armenia", photographer Sergey Hakobyan.

The consecration and opening of a khachkar took place in the village of Kaurma

The official opening ceremony of the Khachkar was held in the village of Kaurma of the Ninotsminda municipality, which will serve as a shrine for the villagers. During the event, the Khachkar was consecrated led by the head of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Georgia, Archimandrite Ter Kirakos Davtyan and Father Armash Poghosyan. Khachkar was installed on the initiative and with the financial support of Sayat Mkrtchyan from the village of Kaurma, and the sculptor is Ara Karslyan.

A meeting with writers was held at the Akhalkalaki office of the Support to Javakheti Foundation

220244314_351790063065830_8684652518598063874_n-1-300x187Recently, a meeting with the President of the All-Armenian Union of Writers, literary critic Abgar Apinyan and writer Susanna Ghazaryan was held at the Akhalkalaki office of the Support to Javakheti Foundation. Mr. Apinyan told the audience about Armenian literature, presented books, newspapers and magazines that he took with him, distributed them to school-age children attending the meeting and to the book-loving public. The initiator of the meeting, member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund Paruyr Palyan noted the importance of developing and activating cultural life in Javakhk. Samvel Mkoyan noted the importance of such meetings with students.221355069_4529592547053111_8571434303301358322_n-1024x768

Vahan Teryan’s exhibition hall opened in Javakhk

On August 1, the air in the village of Gandza Javakhka was full of Teryan, everyone was talking and living with Teryan's poetry. Teryan is always present in Gandza, but it was a very strong and special occasion to remember him. The restored exhibition hall of the house-museum of the famous Armenian poet, lyric poet, public and political figure Vahan Teryan has opened in the village of Gandza. In 2019, during the Teryan Day, the delegation of the Support to Javakheti Foundation announced that it was going to initiate the restoration of the Vahan Teryan House-Museum, since it is in a deplorable state. And, despite the fact that 2020 was full of difficulties, in the conditions of the system and war, the Foundation was able to implement the program. The restoration of the exhibition hall of the Vahan Teryan House-Museum lasted about a year. The program will be implemented in three stages. At the first stage, it was planned to restore the exhibition hall of the house-museum, which today opened its doors to the public. At the second stage, it is planned to organize the restoration of the memorial part, at the third stage, the entire complex will be restored. 228919176_557435152274144_376898899800019948_n-1024x768During the event, the Executive Director of the Foundation Samvel Mkoyan stated that they are announcing the start of work on the restoration of the memorial site of the house-museum of the second stage of the program, and also urged everyone to join the initiative and contribute to this cause. "More than 100 thousand lari were spent on the restoration of the exhibition hall of the Vahan Teryan House-Museum. The restoration of the memorial part involves much higher costs, and we expect that we will receive support from both the governments of Georgia and Armenia, and it will become one of the most important programs implemented joint Armenian-Georgian efforts ". 51349856151_06ec255043_cThe restored exhibition hall of the house-museum is distinguished by rich and beautiful design solutions, a three-level exposition, as it is equipped with innovations characteristic of the 21st century. In the newly opened exhibition hall, Teryan is presented to all of us in a new way, in other dimensions. Here Teryan also comes to life through the ARLOOPA app.   Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia Arayik Khzmalyan noted that he is very glad that such an attractive cultural environment has been created in Gandza. 229874874_434165724383010_4623346209228607077_n-1024x768“In the 21st century, it is very important that knowledge about history, literature and any information in general be transmitted to adolescents and children in a modern form. In other words, as important as the culture is, it is just as important to present that culture in an interesting way. We have a successful experience of educational and cultural programs in Armenia, which we hope to soon implement in this newly opened exhibition hall. " During the event, Armen Mkoyan, Murad Malkhasyan and Vahagn Rash performed musical numbers. The chairman of the board of trustees of the foundation Sos Sahakyan recalls that he first visited the Teryan House-Museum in 1965 and left it with great impressions. 194751“As an adult, during subsequent visits, I realized that Teryan and his activities are much ahead and higher than the museum provides the presentation and popularization of this case. Teryan, his activities and poetry are of national importance, so we took upon ourselves the restoration of the exhibition hall of the house-museum to the highest standards of that time. " The Foundation will carry out a complete restoration of the house-museum, so that our great poet, lyric poet, social and political figure Vagan Teryan has a house-museum worthy of his name, which will become one of the important tourist spots. The authors of the architectural and construction project of the Vahan Teryan house-museum are Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Mutafyan and architect Shahane Gevorgyan The authors of the external-internal design and content concept: Literary critic: Ani Yeghiazaryan Artist: Mkrtich Matevosyan

Benefactors of the Vahan Teryan House-Museum

On August 1, in the native village of Gandza of the famous Armenian poet, lyricist and public-political figure Vahan Teryan, the opening of the exhibition hall of the House-Museum of the great poet took place. The restoration of the Vahan Teryan House-Museum was initiated and carried out by the Support to Javakheti Foundation. Below we present the names of individuals and organizations that have donated $ 1,000 or more: Organizations: Support to Javakheti Foundation ZRDA ACTIVITY IN GEORGIA Municipality of Ninotsminda Philanthropists: Sos Sahakyan Vagharshak Pilosyan Hovhannes Hovhannisyan Pavlik Margaryan Armen Mkoyan Armen Garslyan Ararat Antonyan Tachat Vardapetyan Azigbek Saharyan Grigor Tashyan Grigor Kettsyan Gevorg Emin-Teryan David Mkoyan Tumas Chivchyan Hamlet Shahbekyan Hasmik Sargsyan Paruyr Palyan Rafik Israelyan Samvel Mkoyan Vagharshak Meyroyan Others: Vahan Kettsyan Harutyun Khachatryan Artavazd Sahakyan Arsen Margaryan Armen Hakobyan Artur Garibyan Hovhannes Vardzelyan Artur Sirakanyan Hrachya Kotanjyan Igit Igityan Samvel Sirakanyan Hovhannes Sirakanyan Vahe Sldoyan Alexander Meltonyan Hovhannes Aghababyan School No. 139 after Demirchyan Saribek Hakobyan Aram Hovhannisyan Tigran Margaryan Vahan Hakobyan Tigran Tangamyan Artur Manukyan Vanik Igityan Stepan Garibyan Narek Abgaryan Hamlet Igityan Ashkhen Mkoyan Armen Adamyan Lusine Hovhannisyan Karen Shahbekyan Sargis Igityan Mkhitar Tevanyan Ashot Tevanyan Anaida Igityan Norayr Sargsyan Anush Sargsyan David Sargsyan Natalie Sarkisian Author of architectural and construction projects of the house-museum: Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia Hovhannes Mutafyan Architect: Shahane Gevorgyan Authors of external and internal design and content concept: Literary critic: Ani Yeghiazaryan Artist: Mkrtich Matevosyan

The number of “Armats” in Javakhk reached 7

214205531_173079304855129_4378916552890101278_n-1In Javakhk, the day turns into a holiday when a new educational or cultural institution opens. July 12 and 13 were festive, as two new engineering laboratories "Armat" were opened, the first in the city of Ninotsminda and the second in the village of Olaverd, Akhalkalaki region. The project to create "Armat" in Ninotsminda is being implemented by the Support to Javakheti Foundation (benefactors Armen and Tatul Garslyan) in partnership with the Rafael Javakh Karslyan Educational, Cultural and Youth Center of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Union of Advanced Technologies Enterprises. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation Sos Sahakyan noted that the foundation has a wide range of activities, one of which is educational and cultural.

218083043_853301715584491_1023200088967170034_n“The opening of another Armat is of great and important importance for us. We have high hopes for the children who will study here. They need to master science and technology in order to adequately present themselves to the world, to take our place and position. I am convinced that children studying in Armat should make a great contribution to the economic strengthening of Georgia and to the noble work of representing Javakhk, as well as to the preservation of the Armenian identity, ”said Mr. Sahakyan.

According to Armen Garslyan, the benefactor of the Ninotsminda "ArMat" laboratory, the most dangerous thing in the world is an ignorant person, therefore the existence and role of such educational institutions is very important. 218464259_342740800890839_8207699737916256197_n-1024x683“One of our goals is to prevent the residents of Javakhk from going abroad to earn money, but in the modern information world, even in the most remote village, they earn money sitting at home. And Armat laboratories will contribute to this ”.

According to Sedrak Vardanyan, head of the ArMat engineering laboratories program, laboratories solve many problems in Javakhk. “Laboratories solve not only vocational guidance, but also socio-economic problems. By teaching in these laboratories, children can further secure their prosperous future by having the necessary professions. “We set a task both in Armenia and in Javakhk to make Armat accessible to all children of all communities,” said Mr. Vardanyan and expressed hope that by the end of the year the number of laboratories in Javakhk will reach 10.

217474028_1699351096932662_511112530609184971_n-1024x683Executive Director of the Fund Samvel Mkoyan noted with pleasure that 150 children have already been registered to visit the ArMat laboratory in Ninotsminda. “Of course, we were pleasantly surprised. Instead of the original six computers, we installed ten computers here, on which children in several shifts will get acquainted with technology, robotics, 3D modeling, animation and game creation. " Samvel Mkoyan called on all residents of Javakhk to join this initiative to help ArMat laboratories reach their communities and villages. The official opening was attended by members of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, benefactors and officials. It should be noted that "Armat" will work in the building of the Raphael Javakh Karslian Educational, Cultural and Youth Center in Ninotsminda. The next day, July 217272342_1072370213170811_1919414532842582947_n-1024x102413, in the village of Olaverd, Akhalkalaki region, the official opening of the "ArMat" laboratory took place. The foundation program of Armat in Olaverd is carried out by the Support to Javakheti Foundation (sponsored by philanthropists from Olaverd, headed by the Foundation's representative in Perm, Grigor Tashchyan) in partnership with the Union of Advanced Technologies Enterprises. Grigor Tashchyan, who was born in Olaverd, has not lived in the village for about fifty years, but not only did he not forget his native village and roots, but also contributed to the opening of the “Armat” laboratory in the village. “I am grateful to all the benefactors with whom we financed the“ Armat ”project in the village. I assure you that this will not be our last charity event, we will continue to do everything so that the residents of Olaverd have a prosperous life and prospects to stay and live in the village, ”said Mr. Tashchyan.

In the course of two events, pupils of the "Armat" laboratories already operating in Javakhk with special pavilions presented their achievements over the years - robots made by their own hands, games and animations. 214747781_333241554939790_344376066363113262_n-1024x683In engineering laboratories "Armat" children 10-18 years old get acquainted with science, technology, engineering and mathematics through interactive extracurricular activities, interesting contests, innovative camps. Thanks to this program, the world of modern technology and science opens its doors to the children of the region. By the way, training in the "Armat" laboratories is free. The goal of the program is to promote the development of technology education in Javakhk, the expansion of technological employment, additional economic activity and the creation of jobs, prospects for staying at home.

In the near future, at the initiative of the fund, it is planned to open two more laboratories "Armat" in the villages of Bezhano, Akhalkalaki region and Gushchi, Tsalka region.

The restoration works of the exhibition hall of the V. Teryan House-Museum are coming to an end

At the initiative of the Support to Javakheti Foundation, restoration work is being completed on the exhibition hall of the V. Teryan house-museum in the village of Gandza, Ninotsminda region. It should be noted that the father's house of V. Teryan, which since 1957 was turned into a museum, was on the verge of collapse. The goal of the project is to create a museum named after the great poet, which will become the hallmark of the village of Gandza. At the first stage, the museum's exhibition hall is being restored, then the memorial part. If you do not want to be left out of this patriotic cause, you can donate and contribute. Please be informed that the names of those who donated more than $ 1000 will be displayed in the exhibition hall. Below we also present a video of the project of the exhibition hall of the V. Teryan House-Museum. To make a donation, follow the following link: