A safe and supportive place for breastfeeding moms is a life-saving gift for the youngest and most vulnerable survivors of conflict or disaster. World Vision’s women and young children spaces help moms provide nutrition and nurture for children under age 5.
Why World Vision is in Armenia
Armenia’s government is shifting toward more just systems. To combat one significant and pervasive issue, the country’s parliament is creating a historic law criminalizing domestic violence. Child poverty rates remain high: nearly two in three children live without access to basics like sufficient housing and electricity, and financial poverty in many families makes these needs even worse. Negative cultural biases against women contribute to high levels of gender violence, especially toward young girls. Our Caring for Equality program is working to overcome these stereotypes and change harmful behaviors in families and communities. Your support is helping to protect and educate these vulnerable children, strengthening early childhood development and empowering youth. We’re working with local governments to establish official social workers in communities, which keeps vulnerable kids with their families. Thousands of kids are learning to keep themselves healthy, understanding their own rights, and participating in vocational training. Through training sessions, parents are getting practical tools for nurturing their children through all stages of development. As you’re helping us address the root causes of rural poverty, communities are seeing economic renewal. Practically, this means that thousands of farmers and their families are learning financial literacy and market skills, empowering them to break generational cycles of poverty.
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.
- We established Skills and Knowledge for Youth Economic Empowerment (SKYE) clubs to help vulnerable youth develop employment skills so they could support themselves and their families. We developed SKYE so youth could obtain sustainable livelihoods and participate constructively in their communities.
- Local farmers attended trainings where they learned about creating agricultural cooperatives to purchase supplies at cheaper prices and market their goods together to get the best return. They also received technical training in their area of expertise, as well as the opportunity to network with others.
- We empowered teachers to educate parents and other teachers about positive discipline methods for supporting children's growth. They focused on child psychology and the consequences of punishment, while equipping parents and teachers with new skills to effectively discipline children.
- To improve child protection at the community level, local leaders took part in a series of our trainings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.
- We established Peace Roads clubs in local communities to teach children conflict resolution, relationship-building, and social responsibility through games, discussions, and other activities.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To promote early child development, we trained parents and caregivers on our Go Baby Go model, which focuses on child stimulation, early learning support, and the importance of toys. Go Baby Go is our program funded by the Gates Foundation that educates families on childhood health, nutrition, and development so that their kids can get a strong start in life.
- In order to reduce malnutrition among children aged 0-5, we trained mothers on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and preparing nutritious meals for toddlers using local ingredients.
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.
- We collaborated with social workers and local businesses to provide vulnerable youth with vocational education in hairdressing, catering, welding, and cooking so they could provide much-needed income for their families.
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.
- Our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus.
Prayer Requests from Armenia
World Vision's staff in Armenia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
No hostilities to occur in our borders.
Recovery of agricultural stagnation and a successful harvest for our farmers.
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