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Vayots Dzor Regional Branch

    Vayots Dzor Regional Branch

    Vayots Dzor Regional Branch



    Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), following its humanitarian mission, aims at supporting the most vulnerable, to meet their humanitarian needs and ease suffering.   

    In Vayots Dzor Region we support:

    • the most vulnerable lonely elderly
    • children and youth
    • families in need
    • families of missing people
    • vulnerable communities
    • TB patients
    • Covid-19 isolated population
    • refugee, asylum seeker and displaced families
    • people displaced as a result of Nagorno Karabakh conflict escalation
    • internally displaced people and affected communities as a result of September 13 military operations 


    Disaster Management

    Disaster Risk Reduction and Respons

    12 Response Team members

    Improving the capacity of the ARCS to respond in a timely and effective manner to the humanitarian needs of disaster-affected populations in the region.

    Ammunition contamination

    2021 -2022

    3000 members of border communities

    Informing about 2000 students of all classes of schools and about 1000 residents of communities living in the immediate vicinity of the danger regarding the risks arising from the presence of weapons, demonstration of safer behavior.


    Response to the consequences of 2022 September 13 escalation

    300 children, students of grades 1-6


    An educational program was launched in secondary school No. 2, Jermuk, Vayots dzor, within the framework of which a children's development center was established. Specially trained volunteers of regional and community branches of the ARCS conduct daily trainings, extracurricular groups, social and cultural events, thematic discussions aimed at capacity building and worldview formation.



    Humanitarian aid

     More than 6255 units/piece/package - food, clothes, first aid, hygienic and household items (Jermuk, Yeghegnadzor, Vayk, Areni, Yeghegis communities).

     Population movement 


    5780 families

    4550 internally displaced persons or at risk of displacement  

    1156 displaced from Nagorno Karabakh

    50 refugees and asylum seekers 


    Provision of protection and integration services to asylum-seeking, refugee and displaced families in RA, including:


    • Protection
    • Provision of advice and information
    • Assessment of the needs of families displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh through protection monitoring and management of identified cases
    • Managing special child protection cases
    • Managing cases of violence 
    • Capacity development of representatives of cooperating structures
    • Provision of translation services


    Provision of housing rent


    • Humanitarian assistance including food and hygiene kits
    • Armenian language classes and socio-cultural events
    • Provision of tools and support for animal husbandry in order to promote profitability for economic integration, organization of professional and business courses
    • Psychological support through individual and group work
    • Measures aimed at increasing children's resilience
    • Community programs aimed at ensuring peaceful coexistence of displaced and local families
    • Providing technical assistance to community-based organizations supporting displaced families

     (Playground in Yeghegis community, outdoor movie theater in Jermuk community, technical support to Yeghegnadzor community cultural center).

    Social support and health care

    Community-based integrated home care and healthy ageing


    85 lonely elderly and people with disabilities 

    •  • professional nursing care (3 nurses)

    • support of a home caregiver (4 home caregivers) and volunteers (24 volunteers).

    • equipment necessary for care, hygiene items

    • Initiative groups for active longevity actions in 2 communities with participation of 48 elderly people.

    • The 35 most vulnerable also receive food.

    Psycho-social support to families of Missing persons

    since 2011

    6 Missing persons' families

    • Detailed data collection about Missing persons
    • Support to the families to solve their social, health and legal issues
    • Consultations with doctors, lawyers, representatives of regional and local government social services
    • Vocational training for family members
    • Cultural events organization


    Providing Psycho-social support to TB patients undergoing outpatient treatment and raising TB/Covid awareness


    26 tuberculosis patients


    • Providing psycho-social support to TB patients undergoing outpatient treatment and their families and raising TB/Covid awareness
    • TB/Covid public awareness raising




    Covid-19 response 

    Support to IFRC preparedness and response activities in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Armenia (Kotayk, Ararat, Tavush, Lori, Shirak, Vayots Dzor)

    01.04.2021 -  30.12.2021

    1.1 Assistance with hygiene items to 3,000 people affected by the pandemic or otherwise vulnerable 

    1.2 Provision of 400 tablets to single persons and the elderly in order to handle socialization and isolation issues during the pandemic.

    1.3 Implementation of training for 80 teachers and 20 volunteers to provide psycho-social support

    1.4 Psycho-social support to 400 school-aged, infected and displaced children, as well as distribution of 400 tablets.

    1.5 Conducting pandemic research (issues that concern people, vaccination survey, uncovering misconceptions about the pandemic)

    1.6 Hotline activities for the purpose of identifying vulnerable and needy persons, as well as providing psychological support to people affected by the pandemic and displaced from Artsakh

    1.7 Printing and distribution of pandemic and prevention materials



    Increasing psycho-social support and mental health awareness and partnerships for supporters during the pandemic


     The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance and necessity of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) to those providing care during the pandemic. Within the framework of this project, the needs of aid providers during the pandemic, the psychological impact of the pandemic on them were identified, an online support platform for aid workers and responders was created with relevant thematic materials.

    Increasing resilience to Covid-19 in RA


     Awareness about Covid-19 and vaccination was carried out with the involvement of Initiative groups of active seniors and community volunteers.

    1480 displaced persons

    Mitigating the effects of Covid-19 through the provision of food and hygiene kits, housing rent assistance, career development support and psycho-social assistance.


    448 packages of food and hygiene items


    Lonely and childless pensioners, persons with disabilities, Syrian Armenians, graduates of orphanages, beneficiaries of boarding schools, self-isolated people, mine victims, vulnerable families

    Dissemination of Humanitarian principles

    1000 pupils and teachers yearly

    The goal is the dissemination of Humanitarian principles among the population, especially Youth, involve new resources and volunteers, and enlarge the network of the partners. 

    Dissemination sessions in the schools and educational institutions of Lori urban and rural communities about Red Cross history and fundamental principles

    Thematic events, such as games and competitions, etc.