Armenia



Armenia

Armenia children with disabilities
HIV-infected woman and her child
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.   Many of the heavily affected countries in Africa report progress in the area of HIV/AIDS but the growth in Eastern Europe is explosive. This is also the case in Armenia, where the need for preventive activities is immense.   “Both the topics of sex and HIV/AIDS are taboos, and the Armenian society needs help if this development is to change. We can see that our programs work, but there is a need to intensify...
 

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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.

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HIV-infected woman and her child

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.
 

Staff at Bridge of Hope, Armenia

Through education and hands-on training Mission East’s long term partner in Armenia has become an even stronger advocate for people with disabilities.
 

Young people weaving carpets

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.
 

Kim Hartzner signs papers

From among 21 potential organisations, Mission East has been chosen to lead NGOs in Armenia in their fight against AIDS.