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Armenia is a small landlocked country that sits between the Black and Caspian Seas on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey border this mountainous country.
Armenia’s transition from the Soviet centralized system to a market economy has led to a severe drop in living standards and a rise in poverty.
About 7 percent of the workforce is unemployed and more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line.
Armenians’ limited access to healthcare leaves them struggling with serious health issues like anemia and HIV and AIDS. Children often suffer from sickness caused by cold, moisture, and dust.
In both rural and urban areas, school attendance remains low despite high enrollment. Some children must help their families in the fields, while some children do not attend for fear that schools are using corporal punishment.
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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2012.
Ensured that children are active, respected participants in their community by enabling them to be involved in community decision-making processes.
Worked with local churches to host activities that teach Christian values and provide other learning events for children like handicrafts and sewing.
Coordinated training for children and their families on disaster response, helping them be better prepared for emergency situations.
Provided training in beekeeping, to give farmers an alternative source of income.
Organized extracurricular activities like sewing, art, music, sports, and dance classes, providing kids with safe, positive ways to spend their free time.
Partnered with local churches to hold summer camps for kids, fostering Christian values and providing spiritual encouragement as well as fun games and activities.
Helped provide teachers with early childhood education skills through incorporating child-friendly learning tools like toys, puzzles, games, and puppets.
Trained farmers in improved agricultural methods, giving families additional sources of income and nutrition.
Worked to increase the quality of and access to healthcare services by enabling the community to advocate for increased funding from their local government for maternal and child health.
Held a summer camp for children to teach first aid, eating healthy food, and personal hygiene through interactive games.
Worked with community members to rehabilitate a major road which benefits 1,840 people with better access around their community and to trade in other villages.
Provided fuel and supplies, while community members contributed labor, tools, and machinery, to lay 1,500 meters of irrigation pipeline.
World Vision is committed to partnering with the people of Armenia to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future of their children, families, and communities. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in this partnership, with donors from the United States sponsoring more than 7,300 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Armenia. Highlights include:
In December 1988, World Vision began ministering to the people of Armenia after a devastating earthquake. World Vision quickly responded by delivering more than $1 million in medical supplies to survivors in the most severely impacted areas. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments have included:
Geography and people
Armenia is a small landlocked country that sits between the Black and Caspian Seas on the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey border this mountainous country. A plateau with little forest growth makes up the terrain.
Lake Sevan, located in eastern Armenia, is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. The lake is a popular tourist spot, as well as a source for electricity, irrigation, and fish.
Natural resources include small deposits of gold, copper, zinc, and bauxite.
The Armenian people have lived in the Southern Caucasus region since about 2,500 B.C. Today, about 98 percent of the population is ethnic Armenian. Most people speak the official language of Armenian; however, the Yezidis and Russians speak their own languages.
Armenians value close family ties. Parents also place high importance on learning and work to give their children the best education possible.
In ancient times, Armenia ruled itself for two centuries then fell under the rule of the Romans, Persians, Arabs, Byzantines, Mongols, and Turks. Armenia became the world’s first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion in A.D. 301.
In 1920, Russia incorporated Armenia as one of its socialist republics. Years later, a five-year war broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the late 1980s, leaving 35,000 people dead and 900,000 displaced. Azerbaijan and Turkey closed their borders to Armenia after the war’s end in 1994.
Armenia declared independence in 1991 and seceded from the Soviet Union, joining the United Nations a year later. The next decade saw massive food and energy shortages, which sparked several protests by Armenians.
Armenia has recently approached Turkey to resume diplomatic discussions.