"EKHO" DISABILITY RIGHTS NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION

Աջակցություն հաշմանդամ երեխաներին, երիտասարդներին և նրանց ծնողներին, առողջապահական, կրթական, մշակութային, սոցիալական, զբաղվածության հիմնախնդիրների լուծմանն ուղղված բազում ծրագրերի իրականացում, որոնց շնորհիվ հաշմանդամ երեխաներն ու երիտասարդները կհաղթահարեն հասարակությունից մեկուսացված լինելու զգացողությունը, կինտեգրվեն ռեալ հասարակական կյանքին:
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  • RA, Yerevan,Armenia, 0015, Yerevan Mashtotsi Ave., 2 Building, 5th Entrance, 1st Floor, Apt. 40
  • news@ekhongoarmenia.am
  • +(374) 60-48-94-94
  • info@ekhongoarmenia.am

Bridge of Hope

“Bridge of Hope” (BoH) is an NGO that defends the rights of children and youth with disabilities. Our mission is to protect their rights and dignity and to support their social inclusion in the Republic of Armenia. This inclusion is promoted by means of advocating for access to basic education, community-based services and equal opportunities for independent living. “Bridge of Hope” was established in 1996. Now we operate in Yerevan and 4 regional centers. In our society, people with disabilities face a number of hardships, starting from the very early age. Their parents and other family members face different problems as well, and some devote their whole lives to the defense of the children’s rights and dignity. In July of 1996, at a meeting of different specialists and parents of children with disabilities, an idea was suggested: to start an organization that seeks to defend the rights of children with disabilities. Thus, on December 2, 1996, “Bridge of Hope” was founded. Our education center was then located in small premises, where we were working with 45 children. That unsightly and tiny center, however, became the warmest corner for children and their parents. Now we have expanded our activities, and many of the children who have been visiting us during these 20 years have grown up to play their role in the development of our society. 20 Years towards Inclusion The history of ʺBridge of Hopeʺ is very eventful, and each of these 20 years was marked with significant achievements which are now sustainable values: 1996 December 2, 1996: ʺBridge of Hopeʺ was established by a group of devoted parents and friends. ʺChildren who study together learn to live togetherʺ – with this motto, ʺBridge of Hopeʺ has spread the belief that children with disabilities don’t need others’ pity, but they need equal opportunities and conditions to live in their families, getting quality education and to plan their futures by themselves. 1997 Our theater troupe was established. Many generations of ʺBridge of Hope’sʺ little actors have been spreading the belief that every child can succeed – they just need us to trust them and to believe in them. 1998 ʺBridge of Hopeʺ helped to form Parents’ mutual support groups where they could help each other to defend the rights of their children. Today, many schools have their support groups which help parents succeed in their struggle for social inclusion. 1999 The ʺSunflowerʺ magazine was established. Sunflower is a big flower with many seeds – big and small, full and empty. And they are grouped together to form this beautiful big flower head. And despite their differences, they are all together as one beautiful flower that always strives towards the sun. This is the message of our young authors. Many journalists in Armenia have made their first steps towards professional success here at ʺSunflowerʺ. 2000 Together with the Ministry of Education and Science, ʺBridge of Hopeʺ made the first attempt of practicing inclusive education at one school. This was an unprecedented step towards uniting children from ʺspecialʺ and ʺcommonʺ schools in the same institutions. This attempt (along with all the mistakes from which we learned a lot) became a turning point and later resulted in a whole new state policy of switching to inclusive education. 2001-2003-2004-2005 Child development centers opened in the towns of Dilijan, Ijevan, Berd and Noyemberyan. The centers provide various services to 650 children with disabilities and special education needs. 2002 Inclusive education: education for all. Together with the Ministry of Education and Science the successful experience of making a school inclusive was implemented in 5 more schools in Yerevan. 2006 ʺBridge of Hopeʺ is 10 years old. The best gift for our 10th anniversary was adopting inclusive education as state policy. Armenia became the first CIS country to make inclusive education a priority and is a regional leader by now. ʺBridge of Hopeʺ will go down in history as the initiator of inclusive education in the Republic of Armenia. This is why Susanna Tadevosyan, the founder and the head of the organization, was granted a gold medal of the Ministry of Education and Science. 2007 Family and child support community centers were founded in 10 villages in Tavush region. The villages of Berkaber, Gandzakar, Azatamut, Aygehovit, Vevkar, Achajur, Khashtarak, Getahovit, Tsaghkavan, Vazashen, Sari Gyugh, Norashen, and Chinari had their community centers, funded by the community budget. 2008 This is one of the most memorable years of our history when we started our project with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs which allowed 4 centers provide all the necessary services to vulnerable children and their families in Tavush region. More than a thousand children and families have benefited from our centers. We are proud to be a reason of the fact that Tavush has the lowest number of special and boarding institutions in Armenia. 2009 Our first attempt in vocational education. ʺEducation, Employment, Dignified Lifeʺ: this was the message of the year. Bridge of Hope NGO invested vocational educational professions such as “Gardening” and “Carpet Weaving” based on the needs and strengths of people with learning difficulties. The Project was implemented and piloted in Yerevan State Humanitarian College and in Republican Special School N2. Bridge of Hope NGO pursues the inclusion of people with disabilities into the Sociality by promoting their education in schools as well as in vocational educational centers by defending their rights of employment and dignified life. 2010 Building an inclusive country through inclusive education Together with the Ministry of Education and Science and Tavush municipality, inclusive education was invested in all 77 basic schools in Tavush. This model became exemplary and lead to a number of legal amendments. 2011 ʺBridge of Hopeʺ was the first to start discussions about new approaches to recognition of a disability according to World Health Organization. This new approach was experiment was made among 28000 people in Tavush. The analysis of the study then led to amendments in the field of disabilities according to the principles and approaches of the World Health Organization. 2012 4 new subjects concerning the inclusive education were added to the curriculum in all the faculties of Armenian State Pedagogical University. Now the future pedagogues learn how to help every child to study as much as they can and be able to build their independent lives in the future. 2013 With the great support and direct involvement of ʺBridge of Hopeʺ, 4 NGOs were created: ʺWe Canʺ and ʺthe Sound of Silenceʺ in Yerevan, ʺWhite Falconʺ in the town of Spitak and ʺEqual Opportunities and Equal Rightsʺ in the town of Vanadzor. These organizations are the most active ones in our field.
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“Let’s Create Smile” youth NGO

“Let’s Create Smile” youth NGO has been formed on 2011 for the aim to help children with special needs and people with social problems promoting volunteerism, especially among young people. The goal of the organization is to play leadership role in the community and assist people in need and families with law income to overcome the difficulties of life. The main purposes of LCS youth NGO are: to organize various activities for people in need and children with special needs to search resources for the people in need/ children with special needs to integrate them into the society to promote Youth participation (training on human rights and democracy, volunteerism, etc.) to make free Legal and Physiological consultations for people in need and to make their representation in front of public bodies. Organization unite over 200 young active people in Armenia, including from regions, who are care about reality, about ongoing process and about their future. The members/volunteers are youth from different communities in Armenia united for one word – “hope”. The target groups of LCS youth NGO are: Youth People with social problems People with disabilities (children in need). The principles of our activities: volunteering, equality, freedom of speech & expression of opinion, cooperation, “There are no bad ideas”, people/the children with special needs are equal to us.
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"The Future is yours" Charitable Social՞՞ Non-Governmental Organization

"The Future is yours" Charitable Social Non-Governmental Organization "The Future is yours" Charitable, Social NGO has started its activities in 2003 by implementing projects in such important spheres as Education, Culture, Social, Civil Society, Human Rights, Environment, as well as projects aimed at development of voluntary service in Armenia and others. The organization within the framework of its mission implements wide range of educational, informative and cultural Projects in Yerevan and regions of Armenia as well as international and regional projects on developing legal consciousness of the youth. As an important premise for further development of the society we consider the increase of education and awareness level of the youth The organization in accordance to its mission realizes educational and informative projects for High school, University students as well as community youth directed on increasing legal consciousness, democratic principles, human rights and anticorruption education, cooperation of civil society institutions, development of tolerant attitude, environmental issues and professional orientation. The Organization by using various new methods of teaching is conducting Interactive courses, roundtable discussions, debates and meetings with the participation of the youth of Yerevan and the regions of Armenia on ongoing base. High School teachers and University professors of Armenia are also enrolled in various courses conducted by the Organization. They benefit from receiving consultations, materials and new learning methods, and implement the received skills in their everyday work. As a high priority of its activities the organization considers the Regional Projects oriented on bringing together the regional priorities. The Organization is implementing regional projects for increasing the educational level and awareness, by Overcoming Mutual understanding, fostering the Intercultural Dialogue in our region and oriented on the cooperation of Civil Societies Institutions and the communities of the countries of the region. "The Future is Yours" Charitable Social NGO is also conducting a wide range of social sphere activities, by implementing educational and cultural projects, with participation of vulnerable groups, children from orphanages, boarding schools as well as children from public schools, teenagers and youngsters. The organization’s objective is to integrate the vulnerable groups and the children from orphanages and boarding schools into the society, to increase their educational level and to create interaction with culture and art through educational cultural projects. The organization conducts activities in development of Voluntary service in Armenia by implementing projects directed on increasing the role of Volunteerism in Armenia, its involvement in various spheres of community life. The mission of the organization is to support: Cultural and intercultural education of the youth Raise the awareness level of the society and the level of participatory process Raise the education level of the growing generation Solution of the problems existing in the social sphere of the Republic Increase of the voluntary activities, coordination and development in the Republic Cultural and educational dialogue between the societies of the countries of our region
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  • RA, Yerevan,apt. 58, 36g Tigran Mets str., Yerevan 0018, Armenia
  • future@ftr.am
  • +(374) 10-20-57-31
  • http://ftr.am

HDP FOUNDATION

HDP Foundation is an Armenian-based foundation, with a board of directors and management comprising local Armenians, Diaspora-Armenians and expatriates with extensive Armenia experience. HDP Foundation is the off-shoot of a US-based NGO (Human Dignity and Peace) which has been active in Armenia for over ten years, primarily in the humanitarian, agriculture and educational spheres An important component of HDP's organizational strength lies in its board of directors. The board comprises seven members, who work in various donor and implementing organizations in Armenia, including the Armenian University of Armenia, Urban Institute, UMCOR and the United States Agency for International Development. The board's role is to develop Foundation Policy and project concepts; use its networking base to identify staff and specific project management personnel; and monitor the management's activities. The board meets on a quarterly basis. HDP's executive director is Ruzanna Ter-Ghazaryan. She has been working for HDP Foundation as seed distribution program volunteer/coordinator since 2004. Later she started working as HDP's Chief Accountant Assistant. In this position her priority was to help the Chief Accountant in key financial operations, data collection and reporting, controlling the proper utilization of the petty cash account, in closing the HDP financial operations monthly, and in the accounts reconciliation. During the last few years she has been involved in the Gardening project as a project assistant, assisting in project design and implementation, programme compliance and progress monitoring, monitoring agricultural, food, volunteer and other community development projects, representing the HDP Foundation in coordination meetings with donors and other organizations. On April 2, 2007 up to date Ruzanna Ter-Ghazaryan was elected Executive Director by the HDP board. In this capacity, the priority is to develop programmes in the areas of gardening, income generation and legal protection of children and youth with disabilities, overseeing all ongoing projects, networking with donor and partner organizations. DP's founder was Dr. David L. Watt. Dr. Watt was an agricultural economist, and was involved in managerial finance for over twenty years. He has over two hundred publications, many in the areas of management, sustainable agriculture, and economic development. He has over twenty years teaching experience, including North Dakota State University(NDSU) in Agricultural Economics and the Business School, in the Armenian Agricultural Academy(AAA) in Economics, and in the American University of Armenia(AUA) in the MBA and Masters of Engineering programs. Another important component of HDP's organizational strength lies in its volunteers. HDP promotes volunteerism as an important strength for Armenia or any country desiring growth and commitment of its citizens to a better future. We have several activities you can be part of. Through partnership with several organizations we supply vegetable seeds to the very poor of Armenia. Our volunteers helped sort seeds that were donated to UMCOR in 2004 so the seeds could be delivered to the poor. Armenian Red Cross school children volunteers (in the picture), helped us sort the seeds in addition to our own volunteers' contribution. We rewarded UMCOR-provided school and hygiene kits to our volunteers to recognize their care. We could use more volunteers to visit the villages during and after the seed distribution to make sure that the needy benefit. HDP Foundation's overarching goal is to apply technological solutions to the social and economic problems facing Armenians. HDP's strength is in project development and management. HDP seeks to play a positive role in Armenia by identifying good, solid project ideas; finding potential project partners and seeking financing for these activities Basic education. Economic and social empowerment. Economic opportunities for sufficient income to meet basic needs. A stable supply of food and water. Basic health care. A safe and sustainable environment. A role in the decisions that affect their families, communities and nations. Opportunities for ethical, religious, and moral education and expression
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  • RA, Yerevan,Armenia, Yerevan, Ervand Kochar 14, apt. 45
  • hdpf@mail.ru
  • +(374) 10-26-17-61
  • www.hdpf.org

"PRKUTYUN" DISABLED CHILDREN'S CENTER

Հաշմանդամ երեխաների և նրանց ընտանիքների անդամների սոցիալական, կրթական և բժշկական հիմնախնդիրների լուծում։ Շահառուներին անվճար խորհրդատվական ծառայությունների մատուցում։ Մտավոր հետամնաց երեխաների և երիտասարդների ցերեկային առօրյայի կազմակերպման կենտրոնի գործունեություն:
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  • RA, Yerevan,Armenia, 0039, Yerevan Chekhovi St., 33 Building (entrance from Manandyan St.)
  • prkutyun@ngoc.am
  • +(374) 10-42-78-50
  • http://www.prkutyun.am/

"PYUNIK" ARMENIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE DISABLED Charitable NGO

Հաշմանդամների ֆիզիկական, սոցիալական և հոգեբանական վերականգնում, սպորտային միջոցառումներին մասնակցություն՝ հաշմանդամների առողջության և կամքի ուժի ամրապնդման համար, կյանքի դժվարություններն հաղթահարելու համար անհրաժեշտ ունակությունների զարգացում, հաշմանդամների իրավունքների պաշտպանություն, հասարակայնության իրազեկության բարձրացում, հաշմանդամների պրոթեզավորում:
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"PAROS" NGO

“Հաշմանդամների “Փարոս” կրթության և մշակույթի զարգացման կենտրոն” հասարակական կազմակերպությունը հիմնադրվել է 2001թ. հունվարի 19-ին: 1988-ի երկրաշարժից և Արցախյան ազատամարտից հետո ՀՀ-ում նկատելիորեն ավելացավ հաշմանդամ անձանց թիվը: Ակնհայտ էր, որ հաշմանդամություն ձեռք բերած անձանց հոգեբանական բարդույթները, խորհրդային տարիներից ժառանգած անմատչելի միջավայրն ու հասարակության կարծրատիպերը լուրջ խոչընդոտներ էին ստեղծում հաշմանդամ անձանց և հասարակության մյուս անդամների շփման, ինչի հետևանքով հաշմանդամները մեկուսանում էին հասարակությունից: Այս և նմանատիպ այլ պատճառները դարձան կազմակերպության հիմնադրման շարժառիթը: Կազմակերպությունը իր առաջ նպատակ դրեց պայքարել հաշմանդամ անձանց իրավունքների և շահերի պաշտպանության համար: Կազմակերպությունը գործունեություն է ծավալում ՀՀ բոլոր մարզերում և համայնքներում: Մեր առաքելությունը ա) հաշմանդամ անձանց շահերի պաշտպանություն բ) հաշմանդամների ինտեգրում` կրթական և մշակութային ծրագրերի մրջոցով գ) հասարակական կարծիքի բարելավում դ) նոր մասնագիտությունների ուսուցում, զբաղվածության ապահովում Հիմնադրման օրվանից կազմակերպությունը հավատարիմ է եղել իր որդեգրած սկզբունքին և իրականացրած բոլոր դրամաշնորհային ծրագրերը բացառապես նվիրված են եղել հաշմանդամ անձանց հիմնախնդիրներին: ՀՀ սոցիալական քաղաքականությանը ակտիվորեն մասնակցելու, կատարած աշխատանքի և ձեռքբերումների համար 2004-2005թթ. “Փարոս” կազմակերպությունը երկու անգամ պսրգևատրվել է ՀՀ ԱԺ Նախագահի և ՀՀ Աշխատանքի և սոցիալական հարցերի նախարարության պատվոգրերով, իսկ 2007թ. Կազմակերպությունը արժանացել է ՀՀ Վարչապետի ուշադրությանը և հաշմանդամների միջազգային օրը/դեկտեմբերի 3/ հասարակական ակտիվության և ոլորտում նշանակալի ձեռքբերումների համար պարգևատրվել է ՀՀ վարչապետի հուշամեդալով: “Փարոս” ՀԿ-ն ակտիվ համագործակցում է նաև Տեղական ինքնակառավարման մարմինների և մասնավոր սեկտորի հետ: Դրա վառ ապացույցն է Երևանի Նոր Նորք համայնքի թաղապետարանի կողմից երկարաժամկետ պայմանագրով անվարձահատույց տրամադրված 130քառ/մ տարածքը, որտեղ համայնքի և Երևան քաղաքի բազմաթիվ հաշմանդամ շահառուներ իրենց հետաքրքրություններն են բավարարում օգտվելով ՀԿ-ի մատուցած ծառայություններից:
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