The first “ArMat” center was opened in Tsalka

IMG_6449On May 21, the village of Ozni in the Tsalka region was full of people. The opening of the first "ArMat" center in the region united the Armenian-Georgian officials, the representatives of the education and culture spheres in one place. The executive director of the "Support to Javakhk" foundation Samvel Mkoyan mentioned: "The foundation attaches great importance to the development of the IT sphere". IMG_8733In 2018, the "Support to Javakhk" Foundation together with the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises, with the funding of individual benefactors and organizations, brought the "ArMat" project to Javakhk.  There are already 10 "ArMat" centers in Javakhk,  and this is the first center in Tsalka region of Kvemo Kartli province, where about 60 children are already studying. We develop and implement our programs in coordination with local governments. "Analyzing the needs, we realized that it is necessary to introduce the" ArMat "center in the Tsalka region, which contributes not only to the development of children, but also to the Georgian economy," - said Mr. Mkoyan. The program to create ArmMat in Ozni was implemented by the "Support to Javakhk" Foundation, "H. Hovnanyan Family ”Foundation,  in partnership with the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises  and with the financial support of benefactor Razmik Blikyan. IMG_8861The executive director of the "H. Hovnanyan Family" foundation Naira Melikyan mentioned that the "ArMat" center in Ozni is already the third one that was established in cooperation with the "Support to Javakhk" Foundation. "Based on the factors of upbringing the generation and uniting them around the right idea, we realized that the best investment is the financing of the "ArMat" center in Javakhk. It was necessary to create a center with which youngs and teenagers will connect their future and prospects", - said Mrs. Melikyan. The "ArMat" center in Ozni operates in Armenak Avagyan's house, which he provided for free, and the renovation and construction was carried out by benefactor Razmik Blikyan from Ozni. 281777120_540770134208233_8908908775572905291_nAccording to Mr. Blikyan, the development of the IT sphere proceeds from the requirements of the time. “This is the reason why we, togheter "Support to Javakhk" Foundation pushed for this important initiative, which has already found a great response. I should mention that the number of children studying here is more than those who attend school. The children of the neighboring villages attend the "ArMat" center in Ozni, which is very encouraging”, - said Mr. Blikyan. "Children learn programming, robotics և 3D modeling, which are among the most popular professions of the future", said Sedrak Vardanyan, head of the "ArMat" program, and answered a question:
  • At what age can children attend the center? - 10 to 99 year olds can attend the center, and learn the most demanded professions of the time.
IMG_8768Armenian Ambassador to Georgia Ruben Sadoyan was present at the event, who mentioned that the opening of such educational centers is of national importance, as it is very possible to create additional opportunities for local youth to be educated and work on the spot. "People shouldn't emigrate from here, because they don't have the opportunity for education and work, on the contrary, they should stay there, study, work and they  should prosper the region," said Mr. Sadoyan. IMG_8786 Also present were Tsalka Deputy Mayors Anzor Khinikadze and Feukhar Paraskov, who expressed their joy and excitement over the opening of the center, and they announced on behalf of the Tsalka mayor that they wanted to have a similar center in Tsalka. The goal of the program is to promote the development of technological education in Javakhk, the expansion of technological employment, additional economic activity, job creation, as well as the prospects of not leaving the homeland. Gor Simonyan is one of the young people who has the opportunity to stay and work in his native village. “In a center like no other in the region, children are cut off from the traditional notions of the lesson process, they can go after their imagination, give color, thought and volume to all their ideas. I am not so much a teacher-student relationship with children as a friend. And I will try to help the children attending the center with my knowledge to make reality all the ideas they had before”. Said the young conductor of the center Gor Simonyan.  

One more charity from the “Support to Javakhk Foundation” benefactor

Within the framework of Newmag Winter Fest, the publishing house have presented the Armenian translations of Narine Abgaryan's books "Manyunyan writes the fantasy novel" and "Drsek". Translations of both books became a reality under the sponsored  of the Yerevan Chocolate Factory - @mark_sevouni_official . Founder of the Yerevan Chocolate Factory, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the "Support to Javakhk" Foundation, benefactor Sos Sahakyan during the book presentation, answering the journalist's question why he financed the translations of Narine Abgaryan's books, mentioned that following to Narine Abgaryan's activities and literary path, watching his interviews, he found many similarities.  - "I have found serious similarities between Narine Abgaryan and me. Narine Abgaryan continues to love Armenia and Tavush by emigrating and establishing herself in a foreign country, the material of his literature is Armenian and Armenia with its people and way of life. And I being a businessman in Armenia, I continue to love and miss my native Javakhk. I fulfill my longing by implementing various charitable programs in my native Javakhk”.

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.

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 number of “Armat” in Javakhk continues to grow

An agreement was signed between the Support to Javakheti Foundation and the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises, according to which it is planned to open ArMat engineering laboratories in the villages of Bezhano and Gushchi in the coming months with the financing of the Hrayr and Anna Hovnanyan Charitable Foundation. 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. It should be reminded that through the efforts of the foundation, 7 engineering laboratories "Armat" are already operating in Javakhk, where more than 500 children receive free technological education.

From the dream of becoming an artist and Sherlock Holmes to an honored architect

Hovhannes Mutafyan On June 12, Hovhannes Mutafyan, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Support to Javakheti Foundation, Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia, founder and chief architect of the "ASHN Project" company, was born. This unique person was remembered by many for his famous orange hat. Each meeting and conversation with him seems "orange", memorable and positive, full of bright and light moments. He always surrounds his loved ones and acquaintances with a high mood, a special smile and humor. It is simply impossible not to love him, and most importantly, you can talk to Mr. Mutafyan endlessly and on any topic, from cuisine to music. He loves art, his various industries, both painting and music. He has a wide musical preference, from pop to hard rock. "In the 60s and 70s, I also kept my hair long, wore wide trousers, I am very glad that I was born and lived in those times," says the honored architect. Mr. Mutafyan's parents are Istanbul Armenians from Partizak province. During the Great Genocide, they emigrated to Greece, to the coastal city of Kavala, from where they returned to Armenia in 1946. Both parents were craftsmen, the mother was a tailor, and the father was a turner. Drawing teacher Gagik Ghazaryan played an important role in choosing a profession, who saw his great potential. “I decided to become an artist, then I read a lot of detective books, for a while I wanted to be Sherlock Holmes or someone else. But I didn’t regret it, moreover, if I’m born again, I’ll become an architect again” he is sure. Speaking about the layout and architecture of Yerevan, Mr. Mutafyan notes that the foundation of the city was laid correctly, but later it was incorrectly organized. "Yerevan should not have become a megalopolis. Armenia today is Yerevan, and in the regions the population is becoming more and more devastated. " I would turn Yerevan only into an administrative city with all the structures necessary for management after that I would develop other districts and cities," the honored architect notes. Since 1975, Hovhannes Mutafyan has been involved in the development of a number of settlements in the capital, regions of the Republic, a number of institutions , buildings and complex projects of historical importance in Artsakh and Javakhk, personally created or managed hundreds of such projects. The Honored Architect has been a member of the Board and a close partner since the foundation of the Support to Javakheti Foundation. According to his project, the house-museum of ashug Jivani was restored in his native village of Karzakh. Now Mr. Mutafyan has designed the house-museum of the great Armenian poet Vahan Teryan in his home village of Gandza. According to him, these museums can change little in Javakhk, but we must recognize the greats born on this earth. Many great people were born in Javakhk, but it is also of great strategic importance for us. “My wish is that all Javakhk Armenians and in general all Armenians consider Armenia and Javakhk their homeland, not a cemetery. Everyone emigrates to Russia, lives a luxurious life there, spends a lot of money, and when it comes to at least some then it is difficult for them to support the Motherland. However, toasts for Javakhk and the inhabitants of Javakhk are drunk at every opportunity problem. We must learn to love our home, courtyard, because the Motherland and the country begin with the home of each of us. We need to understand that the state is us, each of us, and not the person who is the power at the moment. forward, become a good specialist, work and contribute to the formation of your country. Today, anger, envy and ignorance prevail in us. We need to eradicate them, then only talk about a powerful homeland and history " Mr. Mutafyan notes with pain. And Mr. Mutafyan advises all young people, regardless of their professional orientation, to work, work and work again. Don't be arrogant, learn, learn constantly. “Unfortunately, I meet many young people who do not like to listen, do not like to read and study. It is never too late to study, you need to study for the rest of your life. Only in this case you will have an educated society, demanded specialists and, of course, a powerful homeland. Each of us must be in his place and fully fulfill his responsibilities."

The final round of the junior DigiCode Contest was held

  The final round of the 6th DigiCode Contest Junior Applied Programming Competition took place on May 8 at the American University of Armenia. The Executive Board of the Support to Javakhketi Foundation was present at the final round of DigiCode 2021. We had 10 participants from the ArMat laboratories operating in Javakhk, two of whom-Mariam Sahakyan, from the ArMat Damala, and Mikael Antonyan, from the ArMat Heshtia, who overcame the preliminary stages and reached the final. The ArMat Engineering Laboratories program in Javakhk is implemented by the Support to Javakhketi Foundation in cooperation with the Union of Advanced Technology Enterprises and with the support of private philanthropists and organizations.