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OUR WORK IN ARMENIA

Past Work

18 November 2017

How We Live: Documenting the Face of Poverty in Armenia

Approximately 30% of Armenia’s 3 million people live below the poverty line, unable to provide for their basic human needs.

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18 November 2017

Shogh Educational Day Center

Established in 2013, “Shogh” provides educational and social services to vulnerable families in Vanadzor. Its services emphasize educational support, while also providing after-school enrichment as well as hot meals – all served in a positive, inviting atmosphere conducive to learning.

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18 November 2017

Zangakatun Social Services NGO

Since 2000, “Zangakatun” (Belltower) Social Services NGO has led families through the difficult transition from extreme poverty into functional, productive and engaged lives. The Foundation initiated Zangakatun to implement a new model of combating extreme poverty in Armenia, empowering Armenia’s most marginalized and vulnerable families and providing the support they need to break their cycles of poverty and neglect.

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18 November 2017

Soldier’s Mother

Since 1991, the “Soldier’s Mother” NGO has been at the side of soldiers, their families, as well as refugee families, helping to inform them of their legal rights and offering psychological, legal and social aid. Soldier’s Mother also provides checks-and-balances regarding Armenian military institutions and practices, while simultaneously working toward a sustainable peace in the South Caucasus.

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18 November 2017

Tree Nurseries

Alongside our work combating illegal deforestation, the Foundation has promoted various reforestation efforts throughout Armenia.

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18 November 2017

Senior Citizen Center

In the post-independence era, senior citizens’ welfare has increasingly become neglected. While Armenia struggles to maintain its social services and safety net, growing old can be a trying experience for those lacking means, knowledge, or family support.

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18 November 2017

Aid to Victims of Flooding in Karmir Village

In addition to supporting initiatives aimed at fostering long-term change towards improved social justice in Armenia, the Foundation, where possible, also responds to emergency situations by addressing the urgent needs of groups affected by such situations.

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18 November 2017

Support to Art School in Spitak

Armenia’s devastating 1988 earthquake exacted a heavy toll – leaving tens of thousands dead and much of northwest Armenia in ruins. Found at the quake’s epicenter, the town of Spitak has struggled to regain its balance since that time.

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18 November 2017

Knitting Ladies

For each woman, the money provided substantial income. Additionally, these women gained the satisfaction of knowing that their afghans would be a source of help and comfort to those in need.

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18 November 2017

Taking Action for a Clean and Green Armenia

As Armenia faces severe problems with its environment, environmental protection has been an important theme from the beginning of the Tufenkian Foundation. In 2002, responding to the rapid deforestation of the country, the Foundation brought even more focus to its environmental program by initiating a project aimed at restoring and protecting Armenia’s threatened forests. In 2004 with the Tufenkian Hospitality company and other foundations, it supported the development and publishing of a unique book aimed at expanding eco-friendly tourism.

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18 November 2017

Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity Protection

Armenia historically had forests covering 35% of its current territory. Unfortunately, the forest coverage has dropped recently to a historic low of 7-8% today. This severe situation means that Armenia is on the list of the “low forest coverage countries” of the world and puts Armenia on the track for intensive desertification, loss of springs, rivers, sever erosion and other major problems.

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18 November 2017

Clothes for Gavar Orphanage

Upon completion of the project in Gavar, the Foundation had funds in reserve and was able to help additional children in locales experiencing great social hardship. Namely, 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 Tavush, Chambarak, and Artsakh each received locally-made sweaters and 10,000 dram (about $20). Most of the children said they would spend the money on flour to assist their families.

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18 November 2017

Sheep Farms

After conducting research in 2001, the Foundation identified several villages of the Gegharkunik district as being economically and socially suitable for this project. (These villages are mostly populated by Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan – at that time, one of the most socially vulnerable groups within Armenia.)

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01 September 2017

“Back to Nature” Summer Camp

This project was carried out in 2001-02 by the “Shen” non-governmental organization and the “Meghvik” Children’s Education Center of Gyumri. “Shen” reconstructed a nearby village school, converting into a well-furnished campsite, while also building a barn and bee-keeping facilities for the camp.

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