ARCS organized a camp for the refugee children from Syria, realizing the impact of the camp for their rehabilitation, integration and rest. The camp took place on 1-7th August, in the field near Stepanavan for 30 Armenian and refugee children. The project was implemented by the financial assistance of The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Armenia.
In January 200 Syrian-Armenian families, who recently arrived to Armenia, were provided with hygienic/sanitary supplies, food and household items by Armenian Red Cross Society. The support was provided with the funding of Austrian and Swiss Red Crosses and Neighbor In Need Austrian foundation.
During the summer months at the Headquarters of Armenian Red Cross Society distribution of school stationary to Syrian Armenian schoolchildren was carried out in the frames of “Promoting integration of Syrian Armenians” project, financed by European Union. Packages, including exercise books, pens, albums for painting, colored pencils, colored papers, watercolors and etc., were drawn up for 800 schoolchildren by educational groups such as elementary, middle and high school.
Saving lives and livelihoods by preparing for natural disasters is the core principle on which the European Commission has based its Disaster Preparedness Programme "DIPECHO" since 1996.
Today, in Armenian Red Cross Society distribution of tool kits was started in the frames of the third phase of the “Income Generating” component of the project funded by UNHCR.
The program Psycho-Social support to children and lonely refugee elderly restarted in February. The program aims at social integration and improvement of the living conditions of the lonely refugee elderly and children.
There are 80 children (aged 7-14), 120 lonely elderly people and 34 volunteers involved in the program. The program includes three dormitories (4/10, 10/1 Artsakh str., 2a/7 Shirak str., 29/1 Moldovakan str., Yerevan city and 1 Hatis str., Abovyan city).
Armenian Red Cross Society, in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross, implements “Syrian Armenian Children Resilience program in Armenia” project starting from August, 2014. The project was designed based on the method developed jointly by RC/RC Federation (IFRC) of National Societies and Save the Children Fund.The project aims to support the integration and resilience of Syrian-Armenian children. After extensive organizational works, starting from November, 2014 in 13 schools of Yerevan interactive trainings have been organized with the participation of Syrian-Armenian and local children.
On the 26th of February, 2015 a psychological training for Syrian-Armenian refugee women was held in the frames of “Improving Refugee reception and Promoting Integration of PoCs in Armenia”. The topic was “Emotional reflection”.
In the beginning of the training the project coordinator Hasmik Khachatryan introduced to PoCs UNHCR funded projects.
The psychologists continued introduction of the essence and the importance of psychological service. The participants shared their worries and problems which they are facing every day.
On December 23, in Armenian Red Cross Society Headquarters “Syrian Armenian Children Resilience program in Armenia” project summarizing meeting was held, with the participation of school teachers, school counselors and other interested parties involved in the project.
The aim of the meeting, organized 3 months after the launch of the project, was to discuss the results and the difficulties encountered during its implementation. ARCS volunteers, pupils and their parents were also involved in the discussion.
On 18 December the EU Delegation to Armenia held an official ceremony for the signature of fifteen EU cooperation projects in Yerevan. New actions with a total budget of approximately €10 million will support civil society and local authorities, as well as government reforms in Armenia. The fifteen contracts are in various fields of bilateral and regional cooperation – from agriculture and rural development through human rights and democracy to poverty reduction and sustainable urban development.
From 30 January to 7 March 2014, Armenian Red Cross Society distributed humanitarian aid to 263 Syrian Armenian families (980 persons) by the finance of IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Beneficiaries were provided with winter clothes and shoes, hygiene parcels and blankets.
Armenian Red Cross Society, by the finance of Austrian Development Agency and with the support of Austrian Red Cross is implementing “Relief for Syrian Armenians” project, from October 2013 to June 2014.
300 Syrian Armenian families are involved in the Project: 900 people in general. It will be implemented in Yerevan and Darbnik community of Ararat region, where about 32 Syrian Armenians are established.
On 26-27 December, hygiene parcels were distributed to all the beneficiary families.
On 17-24 January, for the second time, Armenian Red Cross Society distributed humanitarian aid in 15 most affected by hail communities in Armavir region. For about 1100 families will receive hygiene parcels.
For this time Danish Red Cross allocated 49 000 Euro to make possible the distribution of humanitarian aid.
From July 1, Armenian Red Cross Society has started the distribution of humanitarian aid in 14 the most affected by hail communities in Armavir Region. 4000 people will be provides with food and hygiene kits. The content of every single package is designed to meet food and hygienic needs of families for 2-3 months.
From 12 to 17 May a disastrous hail has caused an extensive damage to 46 communities of Armavir region. According to the reports of the Ministry of Agriculture and Armavir regional Emergency Commission, agricultural fields and gardens of 46 communities were partially or fully destroyed, 12 800 families were affected and the preliminary damage was estimated at 28.268.56 bln. AMD or 60 mln. USD.