The Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), as an auxiliary organization to the government in the humanitarian field and the largest voluntary organization in the country, as well as having branches in all regions and numerous communities, is always standing by the side of the Government bodies and the people.
ARCS manages the sorting, packaging and distribution of food donations in cooperation with the RA Prime Minister Administration, RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure
1000 people, lonely pensioners living in Armavir and Shirak regions and homeless people in Yerevan receive food parcels on 27-31 March.
Watch the video describing the sorting and packaging of food parcels here.
The United States will allocate USD 1.1 million for measures to combat coronavirus in Armenia. This support will be provided through the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Through the latter the Armenian Red Cross Society will receive USD 400,000, as an auxiliary organization to the government involved in response to Covid-19 pandemics since the first day of the state of emergency, cooperating with the Government in Armenia, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, all regional administrations and the City Hall of Yerevan.
With this support, the Armenian Red Cross Society, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, will provide social assistance in the form of food and hygiene kits to 7,000 single, orphaned elderly, pensioners and people with disabilities.
The Armenian Red Cross Society will also carry out awareness-raising activities throughout the country to protect from the virus and reduce the risk.
Specially trained volunteers will be involved in the abovementioned activities.
At this moment all the initiatives and processes below, undertaken on March 17-26, continue at the same pace and volume.
Since the very first day of the State of Emergency, declared as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Armenian Red Cross Society, in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the RA, the Ministry of Healthcare, all regional administrations of the RA and Municipality of Yerevan, has been conducting the following activities:
The distribution is planned to start on March 27,2020. This process is also carried out in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.
In total, the ARCS will support 10,308 people with food and hygiene kits.
The Center develops and operates emergency response scenarios. That is, there is an online management tool (soft) that allows you to have a summary / overview of the following:
1․ location of vulnerable groups mentioned by regions, cities, even communities,
2․ availability of prevention and response resources (human, material resources, etc.) (a database)
3․ the scope of emergency response activities and related functions as scenario outlined.
The ARCS Response Scenario has already been developed with the above-mentioned information.
Volunteers wear safety masks and gloves provided by the ARCS for safety purposes.
Armenian Red Cross Society, as an auxiliary organization to the government in humanitarian field, appealed to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise funds to implement its humanitarian mission in the situation of Covid-19 outbreak and support the most vulnerable.
100 000 CHF has been raised at the moment, and the following activities will be implemented:
In cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, the Armenian Red Cross Society provides monthly and quarterly packages of food and hygiene items to 1400 beneficaries, including lonely and disabled elderly living in dormitores, bed ridden elderly and Syrian-Armenian refugees.
In these days of the state of emergency declared as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, ARCS will provide the following services:
In cooperation with the RA Ministry of Health, Psycho-Social Support Centers of the Armenian Red Cross Society will operate in an emergency mode in following addresses: 21/1 Paronyan Street, tel. +374 60 625069, 28 Isahakyan, +374 60 627070, e-mail email@example.com, Gavar Central Square, House of Culture 52, firstname.lastname@example.org, Gegharkunik, Dilijan, Myasnikyan 53, Chamber of Culture,Tavush, email@example.com), where the ARCS psychologists will conduct volunteer recruitment, registration and guidance.
In cooperation with the RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Armenian Red Cross Society, mobilizing all its volunteer potential, will assist the elderly and people with disabilities in household tasks, including shopping, to limit the scope of their contacts, taking into consideration, that the elderly and people with disabilities are more vulnerable to the infection.
The ARCS volunteers will communicate online with the citizens isolated in Tsakhkadzor and Dilijan to specify their needs and transfer the data to corresponding specialists.
All ARCS care services continue to operate in normal mode.
The list of translators of the Armenian Red Cross Society will бе provided to the RA Ministry of Health, so that the foreigners calling to the hotlines can be directed to the Armenian Red Cross Society and have access to information in their languages.
Volunteers will distribute informative leaflets to protect the public against coronavirus in public areas throughout the country (stations, near grocery stores and pharmacies, undergrounds).
ARCS volunteers will share informative materials and videos online raising awareness of the measures of protection from coronavirus.
The volunteers will wear medical masks and gloves provided by the Armenian Red Cross Society for their own and the beneficiaries’ safety.