Gyumri Development Program: Future with Faith

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

1.The ADP supported children and youth to participate in debate clubs and forum theatres, aimed at mobilizing children and youth to advocate for the issues that affect their lives.2.The ADP organized educational events for formal Child Protection structures on the topics of identifying vulnerable children, working with children of asocial behaviour, case management, and the obligations and processes of child protection structures at the local, province, and national levels. 3.The ADP organized different educational events for 171 community caregivers on the topics of child rights, child development, violence, characteristics of adolescence, healthy lifestyle, discipline and punishment.4.The ADP supported 10 parents to attend vocational training courses, which will increase their income generating opportunities and enhance resilience towards providing well to their children. For example, single mothers were involved in hairdressing, nail art, sewing and carving classes.5.The ADP worked helped 33 youth understand their further career opportunities through organizing professional orientation sessions in conjunction with the State Labor Agency and higher educational institutions.6.In order to improve the quality of education, the ADP improved the physical structures and environments of 4 schools and 2 Kindergartens.7.In order to improve the quality of education, the ADP trained 103 teachers on methods of child focused education, state standards in education, and implementation of those standards using new teaching methods.8.To promote preschool education, campaigns were organized with the participation of Mother Support Groups that conducted discussions and awareness raising meetings on the topic of importance of preschool education.9.In order to empower communities to understand the education services they are entitled to, the ADP trained 84 parents on “State standards in education” and as a result parents and students raised 5 issues during the annual dialogue with local authorities.10.To strengthen irrigation infrastructure for rural farmers, the ADP supported Marmashen village administration to renovate the irrigation system. The renovation of the irrigation system benefitted 145 farmers with more than 100 registered children.11.To support communities with anti-hail equipment for improving agricultural practices, the ADP established a demonstration site. The Anti-Hail System shows how to protect the crops and provides 8-10 times more and better harvest.12.The ADP organized educational events for 71 Primary Health Care workers on first aid, cervical cancer prevention, school nurse responsibilities, prenatal cards, neonatal care, etc. Educational materials/posters were also developed and equipment was distributed to support healthy pregnancy monitoring, healthy and sick child care.13.The ADP trained 213 caregivers on the topics of health rights, reproductive health, family planning, first aid, and prevention of abortion. 14.To enhance community participation, 1 Mother Support Group was established which included RC and non RC mothers who are actively involved in ADP project discussions and meetings. The ADP organized numerous awareness raising events, meetings and discussions for group members who then designed a campaign on healthy eating habits to reach all of the RC parents.15.To ensure sustainable opportunities for spiritual development and social protection of children, the ADP worked with the Shirak Diocese to prepare pocket prayer books for all registered children and organized celebrations devoted to St. Sargis at St. Hakob Church. These activities and others allowed 3750 registered children and 200 non-registered children to participate in spiritual nurture activities.16.Weekly devotions including Bible studies were organized to improve the spiritual knowledge of Gyumri ADP staff about the apostolic church ceremonies, religious holidays and holidays devoted to apostles. Gyumri ADP staff also participated in WV annual retreat in July, prayer day and mini retreat.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Peace|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Armenia>Shirak

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Protection

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