The needs in Talin

While all children in the Talin community attend school, the rundown conditions of the buildings, their inadequate heating, and the lack of furniture create an unwelcoming learning environment for students. There are no kindergartens in the community, and few extracurricular activities available. There are significant numbers of disabled children in Talin, but more than 95% of the area's schools do not have any supports in place to help them attend school.

Health Care
There is a lack of qualified medical staff in the Talin community, and the health care facilities and services available are insufficient. Malnutrition is common, especially in winter when there is less access to fruit and vegetables. Families at lower altitudes are able to preserve the fresh food they harvest for winter, but those at higher altitudes, where the climate is harsher and fewer crops are grown, revert to poor diets during the colder months, putting their health at risk.

Economic Development
In the Talin community, 80% of families are involved in agriculture with a mixture of cattle breeding and crop cultivation. The economic prospects for farming families are limited by poor irrigation systems, a harsh climate, a mountainous landscape, and poor roads for accessing markets. Some families practice beekeeping, gardening, and small trade, but they are often not very profitable. Bartering remains a distinctive feature of trade in the community, as most households do not have enough cash income to cover basic living expenses.
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Talin's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

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.
  • 428 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 15 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 43 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 20 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 162 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 10 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 11 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 680 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 69 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 46 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 330 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy

Explore Talin

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Talin,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.