Yerevan'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 Yerevan community is in the Kanaker-Zyten district of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. In this urban area, there are few places where children can play safely. Green spaces are limited and some neighbourhoods lack proper sewage and waste management, both of which cause concern for the safety and health of children. The community has a high rate of unemployment and families frequently move in search of better job prospects or lower living costs. In addition, the weather is harsh, with dry summers as hot as 33 ℃ and snowy winters as cold as -20 ℃.
Child Protection
  • 1,189 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 918 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation

  • 196 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 2,315 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 323 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 51 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children

  • 63 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 62 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Improve children's access to and the quality of early childhood education.
  • Raise awareness about the value of higher education among youth.
  • Help schools organize student councils to increase overall school participation.
  • Boost teachers' abilities with improved training.
  • Educate parents about child development.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Mobilize existing health resources to ensure community access to quality health services and implement a monitoring system.
  • Educate mothers about pre- and postnatal care, as well as healthy diets and hygiene, disease and injury prevention, and the impact of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
  • Create mothers groups and parent support groups to promote healthy and safe lifestyles among community members.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Raise awareness about child protection in partnership with local authorities.
  • Organize efforts to expand green spaces, including tree planting, garbage bin installation, and park development.
  • Improve street safety by coming up with solutions for traffic safety, waste management, and feral animals.
  • Foster a culture of street safety through training on safety traffic rules for children, in partnership with the Armenian Red Cross Society.

Explore Yerevan

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 Yerevan

Since reestablishing independence in 1991, Armenia's education system has suffered a great deal. Kindergarten enrolment has dropped by 20% in the last decade. Classrooms are deteriorating and many require renovations to provide an environment in which students can actually learn. What's more, schools are not prepared or equipped to educate children with disabilities, and students are often harshly punished.

Since the system lacks learning materials, teacher training, and effective classroom management, children are generally not interested in education. Youth have few opportunities to learn professional skills, and many are unable to take part in extracurricular education due to the fees or availability of courses.

Health Care
Health services in the Yerevan community lag behind national and international standards for facilities, equipment, and services. Prenatal monitoring and care for pregnant women remain very low, which can lead to problems during childbirth. Inadequate education on balanced nutrition, childcare, and the spread of diseases means that many people practice unhealthy lifestyles. Diseases such as tuberculosis, STIs, and HIV have increased in prevalence in recent years, and alcoholism and drug abuse have also steadily increased.

Child Protection
Children in Yerevan lack safe outdoor spaces for learning and play. There are few green spaces, and many side streets lack proper lighting. Trash removal is inadequate, contributing to sanitary issues and an increase in street dogs. Traffic is a constant threat due to inadequate signage, out-of-order traffic lights, and poor traffic regulation and enforcement. Areas in front of schools and kindergartens can become particularly dangerous.

Many parents are afraid to send their children to school unattended, even if the school is very close to home. Children cannot participate in extracurricular activities because their parents are unavailable to take them there, and the streets are unsafe for children to walk by themselves.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Yerevan, Armenia 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.