Breastfeeding can be difficult even under the best circumstances. That’s why World Vision makes a special effort to support moms during emergencies.
Why World Vision is in Armenia
Armenian citizens struggle with healthcare, education, and child protection challenges. Last year we developed five video lessons and resources to teach pregnant women about healthy pregnancy and newborn care. Through these lessons, pregnant women received information on pregnancy stages, nutrition, breastfeeding, newborn care, and pregnant women’s rights. Preschools continue to be rare in rural Armenia, where high poverty rates persist and education for all lags. Through a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we trained 1,124 young mothers and caregivers on early child stimulation skills. We taught parents how to support their children’s development and prepare homemade toys from available materials. To address child protection issues we applied our Citizens’ Voice and Action approach. This model organizes focus group discussions with participation by local adults, youth, and children and government officials in order to empower community members to raise issues and find solutions.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Armenia
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- To improve economic resiliency and increase household income, we worked with farmers to help them network for better marketing and pricing opportunities.
- We equipped social workers, pastors, police, and healthcare providers with education about child rights and how to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.
- To empower and mobilize children and youth to advocate for child rights, we provided opportunities for them to develop their leadership and public speaking skills.
- We helped raspberry farmers gain leadership and business skills, increase production, develop new products, and increase demand. Herb growers opened up new markets and planned to expand their products.
- Helped by our training, wool producers created and marketed handmade felt items.
- We worked with fathers, mothers and youth to challenge harmful gender attitudes and practices that lead to prenatal sex selection (1,400 girls are unborn every year because of this practice).
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We provided education for parents on immunizations, seeking healthcare, proper nutrition, and hygiene practices that prevent disease.
- We conducted awareness raising events to educate communities about nutrition, personal hygiene, and accessing healthcare services.
- We promoted holistic growth and development of children under age 3 by working with health care providers and parent support groups.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- To empower youth to pursue future economic activities and help support their families, we provided young people with vocational trainings and career workshops.
- Preschool teachers were trained to support children with special needs in order to improve early childhood education opportunities for everyone.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- We provided opportunities for children to attend summer camps and Sunday schools where they participated in spiritual nurture activities, built friendships, and learned Bible stories.
- We trained children’s ministry leaders on teaching methods that engage children’s interest while learning about the Bible. We also equipped churches to use innovative techniques to reach remote communities, such as using Skype for youth Bible study groups.
Prayer Requests from Armenia
World Vision's staff in Armenia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children and families in remote communities of Armenia who struggle to survive the harsh winters and may not have access to health services.
Schools that lack heat, water, latrines, and computer labs.
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