Vartkes Kassouni, Orange, CA--Going to Armenia as a tourist has its rewards, however going there with a mission has its special and unexpected rewards. Mrs. Kassouni and I had the privilege of going there in June and connecting with the programs of Jinishian Foundation… A year ago, after some 53 years, when I first met Mr. Jinishian in New York, I reconnected with him by way of volunteering to serve in the promotion of its programs in California, and then traveling to see with my own eyes…

On October 26, 27 2015 the OSCE Office in Yerevan was full of schoolchildren. The debate club members of the Youth Engaged in Society project from Kapan, Sisian, Masis and Ashtarak came to a civic seminar to the OSCE Office in Yerevan. Despite the fact that it wasn’t the first time that the schoolchildren were hearing about the OSCE and that they had general knowledge about it, they had totally different feelings when they personally visited the OSCE Yerevan Office, communicated with the staff and felt the work rhythm. At the beginning Gohar Avagyan, the National Public Information Officer of OSCE Office in Yerevan presented the general activities of the OSCE. Participants were listening very attentively and watched films about the OSCE mission, activities and projects.

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