Two brothers once had only jean jackets to stay warm during their long walk to school. Thanks to donors’ generous gifts, they now have warm winter coats.
Why World Vision is in Armenia
In December 2018, Armenians celebrated the 2800th anniversary of their capital city, Yerevan. Earlier in the year, thousands of Armenians had taken to the streets of Yerevan to peacefully protest widespread government corruption and major class disparities. As a result, the country now has a new government and parliament. Armenians have high hopes for their country’s future with the new prime minister’s vow to fight corruption. However, Armenia is still plagued by deep gender inequality that causes many domestic violence issues for women and girls. And even with the positive governmental changes, the path to democracy and socio-economic transformation is still long and uncertain. Thanks to the support of our donors, vulnerable families’ lives are improving in our project areas. Our Caring for Equality project is encouraging families to value each child’s life, even those unborn, and training parents on raising their kids well. The program is also offering care for pregnant women through all stages of pregnancy, including the country’s first-ever postnatal depression screening. To keep strengthening young children’s development, our staff in Armenia produced eight educational videos teaching families about topics like healthy brain development in babies. Our partners’ support also helped train social workers and kindergarten teachers on creating nurturing environments for young kids. Together with USAID, we’re helping strengthen child protection systems and supporting young adults with professional skills training and job readiness. Children of all ages are empowered to be active change-makers in their own communities.
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.
- Caregivers and community partners, including faith leaders and teachers, in Armenia were trained on positive discipline and parenting practices. Through our Celebrating Families model, faith leaders were able to recognize how they could help families in their own congregations.
- Children and adults in Armenia were educated about child rights and protection issues. This education included how to correctly identify, understand and respond to violations of child rights by taking appropriate reporting and referral actions.
- Parents of vulnerable children in Armenia formed groups to help producers of goods, like potatoes and wool, to work together and earn greater profits. These profits helped provide the basic material needs for their children through their own means.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Parents and grandparents in Armenia are learning critical skills for the health and development of children under 3 years old. This included lessons on the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prepared nutritionally balanced meals as children grow.
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.
- Through a collaboration to support vocational training with partners in Armenia, youth are learning how to cultivate essential life skills for the future. Youth are also participating in clubs where they are learning critical thinking, public speaking, and advocacy skills.
Prayer Requests from Armenia
World Vision's staff in Armenia are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
The journey to democracy will be smooth, without significant upheaval for Armenians.
God will help the nation understand and practice gender equality, so domestic violence against women and girls ends.
News from Armenia
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.
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