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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 seven 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.
Introduced improved animal husbandry techniques, resulting in healthier, more productive livestock.
Helped rebuild drinking-water systems in hospitals and kindergartens.
Improved access to clean drinking water by repairing water reservoirs and pipelines.
Facilitated campaigns to raise parents' awareness of child rights and encourage them to be more involved with the schools.
Repaired the roads between pastures and communities to help farmers get their products to market.
Partnered with the community to build a sewing facility where community members can learn new job skills.
Organized bee-keeping workshops and distributed supplies to help families earn income from the sale of honey.
Supplied medical equipment for community health centers to improve the quality of healthcare.
Helped local churches provide Sunday school classes and Bible studies to teach children about God's love.
Organized Christian summer camps where children studied the Bible, prayed, and had fun.
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.