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To celebrate the International Day of Children’s Rights Protection Mission East and local partner Bridge of Hope organized activities for children on June 1st in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.  The purpose was to bring all children together – with or without special needs. About 150 children came to join in on the fun. They all played together, made flower arrangements, danced, made paintings, gave interviews to Armenian television, and enjoyed each other's company.   Bridge of Hope introduced the children to their rights and the trees were decorated with posters with messages like "I have...
For the last four years Mission East has been changing the way that children with learning difficulties experience education in Armenia. Now a new grant will enable this work to be consolidated.   Since 2003, Mission East has been working with local partners on the project "Towards Education for All". The project has trained teachers, developed school curricula and helped change the legal framework for children with special needs accessing appropriate education. It has also worked hard to change negative public opinion about disability. As a result children with disabilities and...
Kim with Anahit family
Managing Director Kim Hartzner writes home from Armenia where he has been heading up the Mission East office since August. It has been a tough winter for our small family here in Armenia. While Europe has been bathed in spring temperatures, the southern Caucasus has been hit by one of the harshest winters in living memory. After New Year’s we had to spend a night in a hotel following more than three days without running water. A water pipe had frozen outside of our apartment when the temperatures reached below minus twenty degrees Celsius. For us, it was possible to spend one night in a hotel...
At a reception in Armenia, officially welcoming Managing Director Kim Hartzner to the country, three Armenian ministers expressed their gratitude towards Mission East.   The Armenian Ministers of Education and Science, Health, and Labour and Social Affairs attended a reception on November 16th where they thanked Mission East for the organisation’s help with education for children with learning difficulties. The reception was hosted by Mission East, welcoming Managing Director Kim Hartzner who will spend a year in Armenia leading the Mission East Team. "Thanks to Mission East and its local...
Mission East´s workers with the approval
The approval of the Mission East special ed curricula is a landmark for Armenian children with learning difficulties. The 8th November 2006 was a day of big celebration for Raffi Doudaklian, Mission East's Special Education Coordinator in Armenia. It is the day on which he received the official approval by the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science for the new school curricula for children with learning difficulties in Armenia. "We knew that the formal document had been prepared," says Raffi Doudaklian. "But to actually see it signed as an official decree is just fantastic – we have...
AHealthyStart Uploaded by miseast. - Up-to-the minute news videos.   Click on the above picture to watch the TV program that was shown on Armenian TV about the 'A Healthy Start' program.  This aims to help children with disability by:   Lobbying for their rights at government level Medical screening to correctly identify disabilities as early as possible Basic treatment of disability Establishing parents networks for children with disability and strengthening them to become community groups.  Then enabling the groups to do their own advocacy work.  
Kim Hartzner together with his family
Mission East’s Managing Director is moving to Armenia with his family for a year, to lead our programmes there. Armenia was a ‘pioneer’ country for Mission East, early in the organisation’s history. And for Kim, who took part in distributing the first relief supplies there in the early 90s, the Armenia projects are especially close to his heart.  By Morten Østervang, Mission East journalist   In 1980 Kim Hartzner visited Armenia for the first time on holiday, while Armenia was at peace. He probably would not have believed that only a few years later he would be arranging a large relief effort...
Mission East’s Managing Director, Dr Kim Hartzner, returned last week from a trip to Armenia. While there he participated in a press conference to mark the official launch of a new project supporting the rights of disabled children in Armenia.   Local interest was high - 6 Armenian TV companies and 12 journalists from national newspaper agencies and radio companies attended the launch. Furthermore, representatives from 3 Ministries (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) attended and expressed their gratitude to Mission East, our...

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