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The “Fountains” district in Gyumri was founded after the “Spitak’s earthquake” in 1988. The symbol of this district is a big black fountain, which stopped working long ago. Dozens of little domics (temporary buildings) are spread along the vast space. Most of them are in terrible living conditions. Generations changed, not the conditions. Families were formed, children were born in these domics, some of them with no hope for a better future.

Children of the “Fountains” have quite different understanding of life. They didn’t see anything outside of their district. Some of them go to schools or kindergartens though they spend their time mainly in the “Fountains”. Poorness is not the only factor of their worldview, they are much affected also by their parents. Bad conditions made them lose their hopes, and wait for someone’s help. They bring up their children with the same ideology.

The photo story represents the thoughts of little children who do not live in favourable conditions today but dream of a good life in the future.  

Photo story by Sona Simonyan 

Music "Forgotten World" by Tigran Hamasyan 

 

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On November 5, the season’s first program of “Press Club” cycle, dealing with journalistic ethics, went on “Yerkir Media” TV company. The TV shows’ series are produced by Yerevan Press Club in the frames of the “Promoting Freedom, Professionalism and Pluralism of the Media in the South Caucasus and Moldova” programme, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe. The talk show considered the advantages and disadvantages of social media. Diverse viewpoints on the issue were presented by the “Press Club” discussants - Konstantin Ter-Nakalyan, blogger, Assistant to Chief Editor of Blognews.am, and Anna Israelyan, Editor of Aravot.am. The experts of the program were Manana Aslamazyan, Director of “Alternative Resources in Media” project, lawyer Ara Ghazaryan, Suren Deheryan, President of “Journalists for the Future” NGO, Gegham Manukyan, Director of the News and Current Affairs Programs of “Yerkir Media” TV company. YPC President Boris Navasardian hosted the talk show.

Source: Yerevan Press Club

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On April 26, JFF lunched the social video about Parliamentary Elections, made by volunteers of JFF. It is a social video where citizens/voters tell for what they would like to vote. During first day the video has about 2000 view, and till the day of elections the viewer number became about 5000.

Idea by: Suren Deheryan, Anushik Avetyan, Hripsime Hovakimyan,

Director: Hripsime Hovakimyan
Cameraman: Petros Lagesyan
Editing: Ashot Mkrtchyan

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In April, the JFF organized 11 regional meetings with local observing organizations. The aim was the implementation of Irazek.am and Ditaket.am in regions. The members of the JFF visited Gyumri, Hrazdan, Alaverdi, Ijevan, Goris, Kapan, Sisian, Gavar, Martuni, Sevan, Vanadzor. More than 300 citizens participated in the JFF events. In almost all the regions local media covered the events. Here are some links to videostories about these regional meetings.