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With your support, we are helping Mission Armenia provide essential services for high-risk groups in 7 provinces around the country.

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VITAL SERVICES FOR HIGH-RISK GROUPS IN ARMENIA

Holistic Program

Implemented by Mission Armenia

 

The contribution of Mission Armenia – Australia constitutes an integral part of a holistic demand-driven pro-poor program that Mission Armenia is implementing in 7 provinces in Armenia. 


Donors

Apart from Mission Armenia Australia, Armenian Authorities, Open Society Foundations-Armenia, UNHCR, Caritas Sweden have contributed to the implementation of the below-mentioned services.

 

Program Description

In the realities of affected Government’s capacity to provide adequate care and support to the poor, the program has come to the rescue of more than 5,500 extremely vulnerable local and refugee persons among high-risk groups who are unable to independently cope with the difficulties caused by the global crisis and lack of solution-oriented and needs-based social support mechanisms within the public relevant structures. The caseload consists of the following vulnerable groups:

  • local and refugee extremely vulnerable, lonely and disabled elderly persons, 
  • disabled and vulnerable persons of other age groups, including unemployed families, many children families, one-parent orphans, etc.

In view of their destitute situation and prioritized concerns, the program implementation pursues an overall goal of mitigating the negative impact of social-economic hardships and global crisis on high-risk groups in Armenia which have resulted in extreme poverty and inaccessibility among them to vital services.

The program is being implemented in 18 urban locations of 7 provinces in Armenia that are selected out of the total 11 provinces based on their higher rates for vulnerability. The target geography of the holistic program crosses the country from north to south intervening in most vulnerable areas in need of support, including the capital city of Yerevan, as well as Kotayk, Ararat, Syunik, Gegharkunik, Lori, and Shirak provinces.

The program has three main components: (1) Provision of Vital Social, Legal and Healthcare Services; (2) Provision of Nutrition Services; and (3) Vocational Trainings and Enhancing Self-Advocacy Skills for the target beneficiaries.


                                                          Component 1: Community-Based Services

  • Social Services: consulting, counselling, referrals, beneficiary self-help group activities, etc, at soup kitchens/day care centers and through home services;
  • Health Services: primary health services at day care centers and through home services; first aid by nurse at the soup kitchens;
  • In-Home Care: personal care/hygiene for homebound/bedridden beneficiaries, housecleaning; shopping, emotional support, etc;
  • Legal protection services - Provision of legal counseling to the beneficiaries through Day Care Centers in the target provinces; Case management to redress the violated privileges; referrals/solicitation at relevant institutions, participation in law-suits at the court to advocate beneficiary rights.

Component 2: Nutrition Support

  • Hot meal provision at the program soup kitchens
  • Home-delivery of prepared meal for the homebound/bedridden beneficiaries.

 

                                                          Component 3: Beneficiary Capacity-Building

  • Vocational Training Courses that are competitive in the current labor market
  • Capacity Building of beneficiary skills /knowledge on social, health, legal issues, entitlement and privileges.