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The twins Ruzanna and Syuzanna have not had an easy life, but they are now attending university. Parents, friends, their own spirit and the Armenian partner of Mission East have helped them get this far. Photo: Bridge of Hope
A pair of Armenian twins have overcome many of the limitations that their disability imposed upon them. They are now university students and are grateful to Mission East’s partner organisation, Bridge of Hope, for helping them get this far. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer When Ruzanna and Syuzanna were children, it was difficult for them to understand why their lives were different to those of other children. While their peers were having fun at the playground, the twins had to undergo endless treatment and rehabilitation sessions because of their disability - cerebral palsy. The...
 

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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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The twins Ruzanna and Syuzanna have not had an easy life, but they are now attending university. Parents, friends, their own spirit and the Armenian partner of Mission East have helped them get this far. Photo: Bridge of Hope

A pair of Armenian twins have overcome many of the limitations that their disability imposed upon them. They are now university students and are grateful to Mission East’s partner organisation, Bridge of Hope, for helping them get this far.

By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer

Nubarashen, Armenia, 1998. A child eats some of the food that was given to the orphanage by Mission East during the harsh winters. Even children with minor disabilities – such as being cross-eyed – were declared defective and placed in orphanages without any hope of schooling or future work. Photo: Rachel Nicolas

During the 1990s, Mission East distributed food and warm clothes to Armenian orphanages, including Nubarashen 11. But the Soviet attitude towards disability made lives at the orphanages miserable. Jane and Dennis Loze decided to change that.

By Line Højland, Communications Officer

Værløse, Denmark, 1992. In October, a Russian Ilyshin transport aircraft flew a whole emergency hospital from Næstved, Denmark, to Sisian in war-torn Armenia. Photo: Mission East

In 1988, an armed conflict broke out over the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. As the six-year conflict reached its climax, the newly founded aid organisation Mission East decided to send emergency relief to the area.

By Line Højland, Communications Officer

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.