Mission East in Armenia has been working for over 20 years with the most marginalized and vulnerable people who have been struck hard by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the economic crisis and the segregation policies that have been existing in the country for a long period of time.
Our actions mainly target people with disabilities and their families, children with special needs (educational, social, health), and people living in poverty in rural areas of the country.
These groups have had little chance of education and health care services and have been discriminated and left out of society because of stigmatization and exclusion. They lack basic knowledge about their rights and are left vulnerable and unable to protect themselves with little opportunities to employment or improvement of their livelihoods.
Since 2009 Mission East has been partners with the Global Fund on their “National Program on the Response to HIV Epidemic in Armenia” in which we have overseen 10 local organisations and co-operated with government bodies to provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well working with those most at risk in order to slow the spread of the epidemic.
HIV/AIDS is a big taboo in Armenia and is rapidly spreading. Mission East just received over 30 million kroner (ca. 4 million Euro) from The Global Fund for its programs in the area.
Through education and hands-on training Mission East’s long term partner in Armenia has become an even stronger advocate for people with disabilities.
In Armenia, where for decades disability has been associated with shame and secrecy, some youth with disabilities are finding their way out of isolation and into the labour market. Two schools have opened their doors to the country's first vocational education program for young people with disabilities.
From among 21 potential organisations, Mission East has been chosen to lead NGOs in Armenia in their fight against AIDS.