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Save the Children has been operating in Armenia since 1993. In the past 18 years Save the Children has delivered $50 million in relief and development programs to the most vulnerable children and their families in Armenia. The vital health, education and social initiatives have helped improve basic conditions of the poorest populations through community-based projects and capacity building of local partners and institutions. By involving local NGOs in our programs we help them grow and develop into powerful civil society organizations contributing to the well-being of vulnerable populations in Armenia.
Save the Children's efforts aim to build a society in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. To this end, we have implemented child protection and child rights governance initiatives setting out the following main objectives: Strengthening state institutions and mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of child's rights; advocating for reforms to prevent, identify and address child rights and protection concerns; and increasing awareness and capacity children and civil society actors to push realization of children's rights and their participation in decision making processes. Save the Children actively collaborated with central and local government bodies, international and national non-governmental organizations and agencies to protect children's rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We educated parents and caregivers to ensure that positive parenting approaches are used for children's upbringing. An important part of our child protection and child rights governance work, however, has been the participation and leadership of the children themselves. To this end, we have actively supported child-led activities that educate and empower children to stand for their rights.
Save the Children is committed to improving access, quality and sustainability of pre-school services for children. To that end, we have been ensuring renovation and furnishing of pre-school infrastructures, training of teachers and nurses, and working with local authorities and pre-school management teams to develop long-term sustainability solutions. All these activities have been carried out under a capacity building, participatory and local resources mobilization umbrella and ensured promotion of high level involvement of all stakeholders including kindergarten and school staff, parents, community leaders and local governments whose cash contributions covered a significant portion of the projects' cost.
One of the important areas of our work has been work with children and youth to build their capacity, knowledge, attitude, behavior and practices on various skills through out of school activities. Participatory methodologies — including peer-to peer — have been applied to educate on life skills and tolerance, child rights and participation, healthy life styles and hygiene. Teachers, parents and caregivers have been included to reinforce the obtained knowledge and skills. Our projects included children from numerous communities throughout the country bringing together refugees, locals, disabled, and other vulnerable or marginalized children.
Since 2003 we have been working to improve mother and child health (MCH) with the focus on reproductive health and health and nutrition of children under 5. We used participatory methodologies to assess the needs, plan for actions and deliver the results. We aimed at increasing consumer demand for high-quality MCH service provision at the local level and raising community awareness about healthcare issues, polices and referral mechanisms.
Another important area of our health programs has been improvement of school health and nutrition services and practices through developing school health standards and policies, establishing school hygiene facilities, and improving parents' and service providers' knowledge and skills. We used child participation approaches to improve children's knowledge, attitude and practices in healthy lifestyle and increase quality of school environment.
While realizing the importance of the above themes, Save the Children is giving high importance to livelihood development as a cross-cutting theme and a foundation to ensure well-being of children and their families. Short- and long-term income generation, business development and social partnership models represent the type of interventions that we have been applying to support vulnerable populations including refugees and people with disabilities.
Armenia Facts and Statistics
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children's 2012 State of the World's Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program
Last Updated October 2013