On June 23, a seminar for parents of disadvantaged children took place at the Social-Educational Center in Noyemberyan, a small town in the Tavush province of northeastern Armenia, near the border with Azerbaijan.
The Center, which the children lovingly call “Paponts Tun” (Պապոնց տուն – Grandpa’s house), was launched just last year and is based on the service provision model of the Family and Community NGO of Metsamor, one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. To transmit their experience and expertise to the Center in Noyemberyan, the NGO’s social workers hold weekly seminars at the “Paponts Tun”.
The series of seminars explores the different stages of children’s growth and development, discussing the various challenges and intricacies of each stage. Twelve participants (mothers of disadvantaged children) took part in the May 23 seminar, during which children’s behavior during their adolescence and teenage years was discussed. With many mothers unable to afford babysitters to look after their children while they attend the seminars, some choose to bring their children with them. As we were told by the mothers themselves, attending the seminars together has become a new way for them to bond with their children.
More than 90 children, including children with disabilities, children of single parents and children from economically disadvantaged families, currently attend the Center, where they participate in various clubs and workshops (carpet weaving, chess, woodwork, national dances, the peace club, etc.). For many children of this border town and nearby villages, the Center has become the only place where they can learn, grow and play in a safe and nurturing environment.
“All my victories, all my medals, all my achievements are for Artsakh. Artsakh is my hope, my inspiration and my motivation”.read More
“Once we stepped into this house, we really felt at home. It makes me so happy to see that my children love where they live. This support makes me feel welcome and once again reassures me, that it was worth coming to Artsakh”.read More
“Living in a village, you learn about the importance of support. Here, everyone supports each other, be it with a cup of sugar or a kind word. Right now, a good home is all the help my family needed in order to stay and live in Artsakh. Getting this house is just a dream come true”.read More
“I wish all the schools in Artsakh were in as a good condition as the one in Arajamugh, and I wish all the villages were being developed as actively and intently as this one. The children of Artsakh definitely deserve this attention”.read More