The community of Talin has graduated


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In 2020, the community transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, local people and organizations have been equipped to continue leading the community’s development – and that is something to celebrate!  

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Talin has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Talin community is located in a rural area on the southwest slope of Mount Aragats, the highest point in Armenia. The outskirts of the community are about 80 km from Yerevan, the capital city. The area is very rocky and hilly, and for transportation, residents rely on dirt roads that are often in poor condition. A typical home is a simple two-room structure made of concrete, sometimes elevated to house the family barn underneath.

While most people in the Talin community rely on agriculture as their main source of income, the extreme cold conditions and mountainous landscape limit what and how much can be grown. Since 1991, Armenia has been moving from a centralized economy under Soviet rule to an open market economy. This has not brought prosperity, however, especially to poor areas like Talin.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Talin has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!

Child Protection
  • A child protection system has been established, and 400 parents have learned non-violent parenting.
  • 96% of children say they are equipped to stand up for their rights, and 93% of children believe they are protected.
  • 37 families received help that would make them more resilient and their children safer—including home updates to remove structural threats.
  • 345 development plans were created by social workers for families with at-risk children.
  • 21 community members and 5 service providers were trained in children’s rights and responsibilities.
  • 46 child protection actors including social workers, schools, police and healthcare providers received child protection training.
  • 47 families with vulnerable children were reached through services led by local churches.
  • 1,392 children were engaged in life skills development opportunities.
  • 514 children were involved in community-based life skills programming.
  • 1,142 children were engaged in raising awareness for child rights and reporting abuses.
  • School staff have been trained in positive, peaceful discipline methods.
Health and Nutrition
  • Stunting due to malnutrition dropped from 23% to 5%, and 5 early childhood development centres were established.
  • 91% of preschool children now meet 75% of their development milestones, which is an unprecedented high.
  • 80  early childhood educators were trained in child health and development, equipping them with skills to provide a supportive learning environment for young kids.
  • 60 development plans were created for families with particularly vulnerable young children.
  • 85 kindergarten staff learned state legislation behind Armenia’s preschool education system, giving them information to create a fulfilling and child-centered teaching environment.
  • 278 parents and caregivers of children under 5 were trained in infant nutrition.
  • The community received support to advocate for its early education centres, with 12 advocacy events calling for quality education.
  • Families of 350 very vulnerable children under five received intensive social work.
  • 35 mothers with children under two joined cooking workshops, with coaching in age-appropriate balanced nutrition.
  • Health care providers were trained to monitor child growth and development and provide counselling.
  • Health facilities were equipped to provide quality care.
  • Community-wide education increased awareness about children’s nutrition, basic health and the importance of fathers’ involvement in the family.
  • Parental education centres, established with USAID partnership in major health care facilities, were furnished and equipped with education materials, raising awareness among caregivers about child health practices like regular checkups, immunizations, growth and development, recognizing development concerns and disease prevention.
  • 95% of children under two now receive enough meals each day and 75% have a properly diverse diet.
  • 95% of children aged three to five are developmentally on track with literacy and numeracy.
  • In 2012, 49% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding for at least four months and 93.9% of parents were introducing solids to their babies at the appropriate time.
  • 95.1% of healthcare institutions provide counselling on healthy child growth and development, nutrition and other issues and 91.4% of health clinics now provide counselling on healthy nutrition for pregnant women.
Youth Empowerment
  • Nearly 1,000 youth have been impacted through clubs that empower and teach employable skills.
  • 50% of young adults aged 18-29 are enrolled in university or vocational schools or have already graduated.
  • 213 youth aged 14-29 joined World Vision-led clubs that encourage  competences for economic success and community involvement.
  • 55 youth participated in networking events, where youth had space and resources for practicing innovation.
  • 15 youth participated in an innovation camp, where young people worked together to come up with the new idea of a solar-powered phone charger, to be installed for community use.
  • 128 youth participated in IT educational opportunities.
  • 258 youth participated in professional orientation trainings.
  • Over 8,000 people benefited from nine community service learning projects run by young people. These projects include the renovation of a small chapel for community children; beautification of a bus station in Talin and decorative crosswalks in front of the kindergarten to encourage traffic safety. Service projects have helped shape character and encourage youth to be more constructive and independent thinkers.
  • 2 debate clubs were established to develop critical thinking, constructive reasoning and public speaking abilities. Youth in these clubs have opportunities to network with their peers around the country.
  • 22 young people formed an advocacy group to address community issues that were important to them: garbage and litter, lighting at night and the enrichment of school libraries.

*Results for this community updated for 2020

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Talin is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!