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Arman with very colourful toys
"It was a tremendous feeling of powerlessness that washed over me when I first met ten-year-old Arman and his family and listened to their story. To see how such suffering can destroy an entire family’s life… it is hard to witness," says Kim Hartzner, Managing Director of Mission East. Arman was born with his umbilical cord around his neck and almost suffocated. Later he got an inflammation in the navel, and pneumonia. Yet he didn’t go to the hospital in the first three months of his life. The family couldn’t afford it. Arman’s father left them seven years ago, and now the five family members...
Disabled children perform theater
The Cultural House in Armavir, Armenia, was filled with joy and happy faces on the 3rd of December. Disabled children linked to the Mission East project "A Healthy Start" had been invited to the theatre on the International Day of Disabled Persons. For many of them this was their first time at the theatre – even though it was only a puppet show.   By Anna Avetisyan, Mission East, Armenia Not too far away from there, at the city hall in the capital Yerevan, disabled children of all ages were exhibiting art with the title "I want to be free in my city". Worldwide the International Day of...
On October 3rd, Mission East, our local partner organisation Nur and the community of Metsamor in western Armenia held the opening of the area’s first children’s clubroom. The purpose of the clubroom is to provide an environment where disabled and non-disabled children in the community can meet, get to know each other, play together, and enjoy common interest activities together.   As part of the "A Healthy Start" project, Mission East is working closely with community leaders to establish children’s clubrooms in 11 communities in the Armavir region. Mission East’s Community Development...
David Gevorgyan playing with building blocks at a table
On October 3rd, Mission East, our local partner organisation Nur and the community of Metsamor in western Armenia held the opening of the area’s first children’s clubroom.   The purpose of the clubroom is to provide an environment where children with or without disabilities in the community can meet, get to know each other, play together, and enjoy activities of common interest together. As part of the "A Healthy Start" project, Mission East is working closely with community leaders to establish children’s clubrooms in 11 communities in the Armavir region. Mission East’s Community Development...
Child in wheelchair in Armenia
Two of the leaders of the disability movement in Denmark recently visited Mission East in Armenia. The visit is part of Mission East’s project "A Healthy Start" with the objective to give voice to the disabled in Armenia who suffer from a high degree of stigma and rarely receive the care they need.   Poul Erik Petersen, Managing Director of the Danish Disability Council (DSI), and Mogens Wiederholt, Manager of The Equal Opportunities Centre for Disabled Persons, were invited to share their experiences from Denmark with the Armenian authorities and disability organisations. Within the "A...
Opening of the new centre
The opening ceremony of the first ever Child Assessment Centre in Armenia was held on September 18th with the participation of Mission East and representatives from several ministries and local authorities.   The establishment of the Child Assessment Centre was a requirement of Armenian Special Education Law which was adopted two years ago with the support of Mission East and local partner Bridge of Hope. The centre will assess the educational needs of special needs students and provide guidance and advice to parents, schools and educators. “This centre will serve as a cornerstone in the...
Parents conference
On July 27, more than 50 parents of disabled children from seven Marzes of Armenia gathered for a conference titled 'Parents to Parents'. The conference is the first in its kind in the history of the Armenian republic, and among the participants were representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and Ministry of Health.   As part of the ‘Towards Education for All project’, Mission East and our Armenia partner organization Bridge of Hope have organized, worked with and built the capacity of more than 25 Disabled Children’s Parents Groups...
Emma and Laila Gevorkjan
Right now the Danish TV viewers are able to watch a new documentary about Mission East in Armenia. The programme shows scenes from Managing Director Kim Hartzner’s visit with some of the families that Mission East has helped. We meet 15-year-old Emma, who suffers from cerebral palsy. The family’s every day life was dominated by Emma’s epileptic fits several times a day until Mission East found her and made sure she received the right medicine. For a number of years, Mission East has been working for the rights of the disabled in Armenia. In this former Soviet Republic they are looked upon as...

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