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: 2016

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.
  • 478 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 370 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 22 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 131 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 1 spiritual leader partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families.
  • 3 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 14 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 30 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 780 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning?.
  • 194 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 7 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 1,392 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 780 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases.?
  • 780 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 780 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 40 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 29 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.?

Explore Talin

current conditions

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

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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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.