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Talented eleven year old Sophene Panosian from San Francisco continues to share her baking talents to raise money for Mer Hooys.

Sophene, who attends the Krouzian Zekarian Vasbouragan Armenian school, began working toward her fund raising goal of $1000 in 2016. She learned about community service through her parish priest, Mer Hooys Board member Father Mesrop Ash, pastor of St. John Armenian Apostolic Church of San Francisco.

Sophene bakes special order organic cakes and donates all proceeds to Mer Hooys.

Sophene, we are proud of your commitment to the children of Mer Hooys, many of whom are your age. One day, we hope you will have the opportunity to meet the children you are helping! Bravo!
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In Armenia, October 1 is celebrated as the day of the elderly.
On October 3, 2017, the girls visited a nursing home in Yerevan with social worker Gayane and mentor/music teacher Arshaluys. Many of the elderly residents were without family and personal attention.

The girls performed songs and dances accompanied by Mentor Arshalouys, who played on our new electronic keyboard. The girls danced with great enthusiasm. They were very touched to see the elderly alone; they hugged them and promised to return. The residents of the nursing home were very happy and touched. They thanked our girls for the wonderful hours they spent together.

Mer Hooys encourages the children in our program to give back to their community. They learn that the gift of love and compassion they receive from our staff should be "paid forward" by reaching out to those who are not so fortunate. We are so proud of our staff and our girls for the commitment to the elderly in Armenia!
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On September 18, 2017, the day of astronomy is celebrated in Armenia, dedicated to famous scientist, astronomer, astrophysicist and one of the founders of the field of theoretical astrophysics, Viktor Hambardzumyan. He was the founder and director of Byurakan Observatory.

Some of our older girls who passed the subject of astronomy at school recently had the opportunity to view the stars through telescope with mentor Hasmik Hakopyan and program director Noune Geghamyan.

Before watching the stars via telescope, the girls were informed about astronomy, and received an interesting book as a gift about the science of astronomy. The girls were very excited to be out of the center in the evening, they strolled the city center, got acquainted with some buildings and returned to center very happy.
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