Armenia

Armenia is a small landlocked country that sits between the Black and Caspian Seas at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey border this mountainous country.

  • Population: 2,969,100
  • Life Expectancy: 75 years
  • Access to Safe Water: 99%
  • School Enrollment: 93%
  • Land Mass: 11,483 sq. mi.
  • Literacy Rate: 100%
  • Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 16/1000
  • Average Annual Income (GNI): 3,720

Facts about Armenia

Economic Development

About 17.3 percent of the workforce is unemployed, and about 35.8 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Health

Armenians’ limited access to healthcare leaves them struggling with serious health issues like anemia. Children often suffer from sickness caused by cold, moisture, and dust.

Education

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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Progress in Armenia

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2014.

  • We partnered with local churches to nurture children spiritually through religious celebrations, Sunday schools, and Christian summer camps.

  • Parents, child protection teams, and youth were educated on child rights, advocacy, and the services to which they are entitled through their government, such as health and education.

  • We helped establish debate clubs, forums, and youth networks to give young people opportunities to express their ideas and to participate in decisions that affect their lives and the development of their communities.

  • Parents and caregivers were equipped to better provide for children through vocational training and income-generating activities such as beekeeping.

  • By organizing job fairs at local universities, we encouraged young people to explore and pursue career opportunities.

  • We helped improve children's access to quality education by equipping school facilities and training teachers in child-centered teaching methods.

  • Farmers were trained in effective farming techniques to help them grow more food and earn a decent living.

  • To strengthen community healthcare systems, we trained healthcare workers, supplied health facilities with equipment, and educated community members about their right to quality healthcare services.

  • Women were trained in reproductive health, nutrition, and healthcare for mothers and children.

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    World Vision in Armenia Today

    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 7,800 girls and boys. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit communities in Armenia. Highlights include:

    • Assisting communities to develop disaster preparedness programs.
    • Supporting schools by installing heating and water supply systems, renovating sanitary systems, and providing education materials to encourage school attendance.
    • Providing thousands of people in villages with primary healthcare services.
    • Supporting community centers to provide professional assistance to more than a thousand children and their families.

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    World Vision History in Armenia

    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:

    • Providing food staples and blankets to struggling families after Armenia’s independence in 1991.
    • Delivering donated food to thousands of hungry people and improving houses for hundreds of families during the early 1990s.
    • Offering small loans and business training to small and medium-sized business owners in the late 1990s.
    • Improving mother and child nutrition, HIV and AIDS prevention, and disaster relief since the beginning of the 21st century.

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    Geography & People

    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 2500 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.

    History

    In ancient times, Armenia ruled itself for two centuries and 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.

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    Prayer Requests for Armenia

    • Please pray for children and families to have the means to survive Armenia’s harsh winters.
    • Pray also for good health for children and easy access to health services, especially in small villages and remote communities.