Completed Projects

28.10.2016

As a counteractive measure and to raise public awareness, a group of concerned Armenians established the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) in 1999. With funds from the Foundation, ATP acquired land to establish a tree nursery near Yerevan. Trees were planted in areas most affected by deforestation, thus improving the local environment, and drawing in additional […]

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28.10.2016

The primary goal of the project was to break down isolation and to further develop the existing mechanism of reintegrating elderly people (refugees and non-refugees) into society. The project’s activities of the project have been aimed at creating conditions in which beneficiaries can communicate with each other and with society. The project’s beneficiaries were 400 […]

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28.10.2016

The Tufenkian Foundation was among several organizations that reacted to the Gegharkunik district’s call for help by distributing food items to the most vulnerable inhabitants of the village. Five hundred-fourteen inhabitants received flour, sugar and vegetable oil to replace the foodstuffs they had lost. [ top ]

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28.10.2016

Classes were established to teach children traditional Armenian handicrafts and artisanry, including carpetmaking, ceramics, needlework, embroidery and painting. The center also provided job training for parents in the area. The center helped bring the community together, improve the arts culture in this remote area, and gave people new skills to improve many aspects of their […]

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28.10.2016

At the suggestion of James Tufenkian, the project started by producing Christmas gifts, and involved 125 women who knitted 167 afghans between June 2001 and December 2002. Women were paid above the standard salary for such work in Armenia, making $50 per afghan instead of the normal $10-15. For each woman, the money provided substantial […]

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28.10.2016

The project was carried out by the “Shen” non-governmental organization and the “Meghvik” Children’s Education Center of Gyumri. “Shen” reconstructed the village’s school and furnished it. A barn and bee-keeping facilities were also constructed for the camp. Over two years, about 300 children of vulnerable families spent their summer vacations at the camp. Some children […]

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28.10.2016

Upon completion of the project in Gavar, the Foundation had funds in reserve and was able to help additional children. The Foundation distributed clothes and money to the beneficiaries of the “Soldiers’ Mothers” NGO, which deals with families of veterans of the Karabagh war. Fifty children of fallen soldiers in Chambarak and 121 orphans in […]

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28.10.2016

The program was designed not only to help people meet their living expenses, but also to create a better atmosphere in their communities by forming a system of mutual help among refugees. The implementer of this project, “Mission Armenia,” acquired yarn and distributed it to refugees to knit sweaters. The World Food Program contributed to […]

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28.10.2016

With a grant from the Tufenkian Foundation, the NGO acquired two computers and office equipment. The NGO organized computer lessons for the youth of Jrvezh as well as classes on needlework, woodcarving, foreign languages, and others. The NGO also organizes visits to cultural-historical monuments of Armenia and Karabagh. [ top ]

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28.10.2016

Upon research, the villages of the Gegharkunik district were chosen as being economically and socially appropriate for the project. (These villages are mostly populated by Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan, one of the most socially vulnerable groups within Armenia.) The pilot project started in the Jil village, where 10 families received a herd of 250 sheep […]

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28.10.2016

In order to improve the situation and raise the level of professionalism, the Foundation launched a project designed to encourage TV journalists both morally and financially. This took shape in November 2002, when the Foundation sponsored the first annual “Herane” TV journalists Award Contest. The contest took place in Yerevan’s Moscow Theatre, and was relayed […]

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28.10.2016

Through the support of the Tufenkian Foundation, the Armenian Social Investment Fund, the Organization of Developmental Services in Armenia, and the Australian Branch of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, construction was completed in February 2002. Children of the orphanage now enjoy an improved building featuring new interior design, separate bedrooms and living rooms, bathrooms, a […]

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28.10.2016

With these concerns in mind, the Foundation started the project “Our City is Our Home” in June 2001. The project focused on the repair of building entrances by involving the inhabitants, in hopes that such involvement would raise residents’ motivation and sense of responsibility for the ongoing care of their dwellings. Young people were engaged […]

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28.10.2016

The NGO “Paros” is one such organization. With a grant from the Tufenkian Foundation, “Paros” implements the “Physical and Educational Support to the Disabled” project. The project’s goal is to support the disabled to come out of isolation and depression, enabling them to become full members of society. Among its activities, “Paros” organizes computer and […]

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28.10.2016

AVC provides assistance to local Armenian organizations by bringing skilled diasporan volunteers to Armenia for one year, during which they promote a lively interchange of ideas and experiences. The Tufenkian Foundation is among the organizations that promote AVC’s programs. Among its efforts, the Foundation has sponsored a three-month stay for 13 volunteers, including health insurance, […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Since 1999, the Tufenkian Foundation has distributed over 2,400 sets of wool mattresses and blankets to five orphanages, thirteen special schools, three kindergartens and other agencies. Excess wool from Tufenkian carpet production is used to make the blankets and mattresses. The project is ongoing since many orphanages feature beds that are threadbare, using mattresses […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The project’s founders are young people who are concerned that society is becoming indifferent to the city’s conditions. The Tufenkian Foundation has supported their activities since 2002; since that time, the number of volunteers cleaning the areas around museums, parks and galleries has risen from 15 to 550. [ top ]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The center aims to help children who are not in school because of disability, developing their abilities and skills and helping integrate them into society. Currently 30 children attend the center; 18 have mental and physical disabilities and the rest have behavioral disorders. Most of the children are from disadvantaged families and have been […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments With the loan, the company purchased equipment including a van and truck that were transported to Armenia from Russia. The loan also covered the operational costs of the company. At the end of the year, the plan produced its first batch of “Vanakan” mineral water in plastic bottles. Profits from production will be used […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Concerned by this trend, the Foundation co-sponsored the launch of a new radio station to promote Armenian classical and spiritual music. This was done in conjunction with Vem, an organization dedicated to publishing materials on the spiritual and cultural life of Armenia. The radio station is named after the Vem organization. In ensuing years, […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The project is carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Security; through the Ministry, children are provided with school bags and other school supplies. Thus far, the program has provided 2,295 schoolchildren, grades 1 – 10, with essential supplies—all purchased from local producers. [ top ]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Beneficiaries have been families with four or more children, as well as children of fallen soldiers. The latter included children up to 16 years old from Karabagh, Yerevan and the province. The Foundation determines recipients by obtaining lists of vulnerable families from Armenia’s Ministry of Social Security as well as local NGOs. [ top […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Since 2000, the Zangakatun Social Services NGO has led families through the difficult transition from extreme poverty into functional, productive and engaged lives. The Tufenkian Foundation started Zangakatun to implement a new model of how to combat extreme poverty in Armenia, empowering Armenia’s most marginalized and vulnerable families and providing the support they need […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Beginning in 1999, the Foundation has helped implement a Consumer Rights Protection program, in conjunction with the Consumer Union of Armenia. The program is designed to raise awareness about numerous critical issues affecting the public. The project has evolved in several different directions: a) The Consumer Union works in the legislative area and participates […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The social-economic crisis of the 1990s severely affected the quality of Armenia’s educational system. The minimal salaries of teachers forced many to leave their positions and seek other, better-paying jobs, often abroad. Amidst declining educational standards, many families sought additional tutoring for their children, in order to meet university entrance requirements. Yet, families who […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The Ararat Center for Strategic Research is one of the first independent institutions for objective, scholarly, and up-to-date analyses of the issues facing Armenia and Karabagh.  Initiated by political scientist Armen Aivazyan, the Ararat Center comes as a response to the prevailing lack of research, analysis, and rigorous debate concerning Armenian national security and […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The Akhaltskha region, which lies north of Armenia’s Lori province, has a long Armenian heritage. It was first incorporated into Armenia in the second century BC, gained independent status in the 13th century AD, and remains populated mainly by Armenians even today, although Akhaltskha city and its adjacent settlements are now part of present-day […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Modeled after the successful Manana Youth Center, the Ani Children’s Creative Arts Center serves Armenian youth in southern Georgia’s Javakhk region. This region has been deliberately underdeveloped by local authorities and so its population has become highly vulnerable, cut off from the fruits of modern living. The Ani Center trains the region’s youth in […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Vanadzor, Armenia’s third-largest city, was devastated by the 1988 earthquake.  In its wake, temporary homes (domiks) were erected to house families during the rebuilding process.  However, the reconstruction never reached many of these citizens.  Instead, they have become life-long residents of these shelters that were intended to stand only briefly and then be torn […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Since 1991 Soldier’s Mther NGO has been at the side of soldiers, their families and refugee families, helping them to be well informed of their legal rights and offering psychological, legal and social aid. Soldier’s Mother acts as a checks and balances for the Armenian military institution, while simultaneously working toward a sustainable peace […]

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28.10.2016

Armenia Completed Projects Attachments The backgroundThe economic downturn in Armenia has left more and more families vulnerable. An increased poverty level has exacerbated existing problems. In the past few years, entire families have become unemployed and some have even lost their homes. Hopelessness born of social tension, worsening life conditions, and the inability to address […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments Since 2003, the Tufenkian Foundation has sponsored the Manana Children’s Education and Art Center, which prepares creative young people to become leading journalists, photographers, designers, and filmmakers. The school aims to provide comprehensive education for children from 6 to 18 years old, educating them in becoming responsible, independently thinking, socially active citizens. Currently, 100 […]

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28.10.2016

Attachments The Challenge Approximately 28% of Armenia’s 3 million people live below the poverty line, unable to provide for their basic human needs. According to the World Bank, poverty in Armenia increased for the first time in over a decade in 2009, partly as a result of the global economic recession. The World Bank estimated […]

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28.10.2016

04/06/2013 Armenia Ongoing Projects Attachments Together with the Armenian Missionary Association of America , Tufenkian Foundation is using it’s facility in Vanadzor to provide social services assitance to families in Vanadzor and to 60 children per year offer tutoring to improve their school performance.  Children are also participating to after-school program as well as receive […]

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