The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), following its humanitarian mission, aims at supporting the most vulnerable, to meet their humanitarian needs and ease suffering.
In Gegharkunik Region we support:
12 response Team members
Members of border communities
Informing about 816 school students and teachers of 4 communities (Sotk, Mets Masrik, Ttu jur, Vahan) living in the immediate vicinity of the danger and about 250 residents of another 10 communities regarding the risks arising from the presence of weapons, and the demonstration of safer behavior.
Response to the escalation of the Karabakh conflict in 2020
637 people received 68,000 AMD cash support, in total 43,316,000 AMD.
12,347 humanitarian aid packages were provided, including hygiene, stationery, household items and food.
Increasing the level of emergency preparedness in border school communities
140 children between 1-6 classes
Enhancing access to education in educational institutions along the international border with Azerbaijan to ensure a safe learning environment through the joint efforts of all stakeholders. Developed resilience skills in educational communities to withstand the risks of conflict and post-conflict environment.
Since 2021, the program "Enhancing access to education for IB schools and displaced children from NK – 2021." is being implemented in Vardenis primary school No. 4 and Mets Masrik secondary school in Gegharkunik region. Within the framework of the program, children's development centers, "Smiley Clubs" were established in schools, where volunteers of the ARCS regional branches were trained, including teachers who teach in schools.
Daily trainings, extracurricular groups, social and cultural events, thematic discussions aimed at capacity development are carried out in the centers.
Response to 2022 September 13 escalation
3,266 units/packs/pieces of humanitarian aid - food, hygiene items, clothing, First aid kits, household and kitchen items, stationery, beds and bedding, first psychological support.
On December 12, the Armenian Red Cross Society, in cooperation with the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia, provided one-time financial support to the residents of Kutakan, Tretuk, Nerkin Shorzha and Sotk communities of Gegharkunik region, who are in an extremely vulnerable situation as a result of the military operations of September 13. A total of 297 families (1152 persons) received between 150,000 and 362,000 AMD depending on the number of family members.
Accordingly, AMD 150,000 was provided to a family of one person, AMD 215,000 to a family of two, AMD 264,000 to a family of three, AMD 313,500 to a family of four, and AMD 362,000 to families of five or more members: 85 million 966 thousand AMD in total.
Strengthening Civil Protection Systems through Volunteer Capacities
To contribute to the strengthening of the civil protection systems in the regions of Armenia through voluntary capacities.
Implementation of the research on the experience and on success stories of volunteer integration in civil protection systems and the development of the appropriate models.
1330 internally displaced or at risk of displacement
1000 displaced from Nagorno Karabakh
300 refugee and asylum seekers
Provision of protection and integration services to refugee, displaced or families asylum seeking families including
- Consultation and information
- Assessing the needs of families displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh through protection monitoring and managing identified cases
- Managing special child protection cases
- Managing cases of violence
- Development of capacities 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 aimed at economic integration, organizing specialty and business
- 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
- Provision of technical assistance to community-based organizations supporting displaced families
(Support to the youth center in Sevan, repair of the mini-football field in Gagarinavan, repair of the secondary school in Akunk, support to the youth center, renovation of the sports school, establishment of a carpet weaving center in Martuni, support to the youth center in Vardenis).
Support for the families of the missing
Families of 17 missing people
Since 2011 support for family members of the missing persons: provision of psycho-social services and guidance.
First aid courses in border communities
Chambarak community - Chambarak city, Ttujur, Vahan
Geghamasar community - Geghamasar, Sotk, Azat, Kut, Norabak
Vardenis community - Vardenis town, Martuni town, Mets Masrik, Ayrk
298 participants - 65 medical personnel - 15 firefighters - rescuers
Social Support and healthcare
Food support to lonely elderly
70 vulnerable elderly
Since November 2018, 70 - 100 vulnerable elderly people of Sevan receive a food package every month from the Armenian Red Cross Society.
Providing psycho-social support to TB patients undergoing outpatient treatment and raising TB/Covid awareness
32 patients with tuberculosis
Prevention and care of diabetes among the elderly
330 diabetes patients - Sevan and Martuni
Prevent diabetes and diabetes complications amongst the elderly with diabetes or prediabetes.
Response to Covid-19 pandemic
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 resistance to Covid-19 in RA
Mitigating the effects of Covid-19 through the provision of food and hygiene kits, housing rent assistance, career development support and psycho-social assistance.
1439 packages of food and hygiene items
Single and childless pensioners, persons with disabilities, Syrian Armenians, graduates of orphanages, beneficiaries of boarding houses, self-isolating persons, mine victims, vulnerable families.
Awareness activities of Covid-19 and vaccination was carried out with the involvement of Initiative groups of active elderly people, community volunteers.
Youth Club in Martuni
Cultural events for children and young people
Dissemination of humanitarian values
1000 students and school children yearly
The goal is to spread humanitarian ideas among the population, especially among the youth, attract new resources and volunteers, expand the list of partners.