Assistance to Refugee and Displaced Children in Armenia
Organized by: Monica Farrell
A HUMANITARIAN CALL
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Armenia, currently estimates that there are a total of 19,325 individuals who are refugees, displaced persons, or living in refugee-like circumstances in Armenia; the majority being vulnerable women, children and elderly residing in the capital and in the regions, i.e. in the reception centre for asylum-seekers, in social houses in Darbnik and Kasakh villages, communal centres, rented apartments or with host families who are vulnerable themselves trying to make ends meet.
For many families who are displaced, mainly from Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Ukraine, as well as Africa, Iraq, and other countries, the situation is dire. Torn apart from their families and their homes, the displaced families have undergone hardships prior and during their flight, and they face difficulties in adjusting to the new life in host communities. In addition, the families are in need of basic assistance; in particular children, elderly and individuals with disabilities. With few resources available to them, they have the utmost need for hygiene products, including diapers for babies and elderly, warm blankets, and other items crucial for large families with children, e.g. bedding, a washing machine, stove, warm blankets and household items. Furthermore, children are specifically in need of school supplies and educational games, books, and other items.
I am an Armenian diaspora volunteer from the United States working as an international volunteer at UNHCR in Armenia. Together, with a group of Birthright Armenia volunteers from all corners of the world, we have recognised an urgent need for lending a helping hand to UNHCR and its partner NGO-s and support these vulnerable children and their mothers, new born babies and elderly people living scattered throughout Armenia. Our goal is to assist those vulnerable families in every way possible, especially with the cold winter months arriving soon.
For this to be possible, we need your help. We want to join UNHCR in its efforts and raise some $15,000 to cover the remaining essential needs of about 1000 children aged 0-17, vulnerable women, and elderly with the major portion of assistance being raised by September 30th.
To guarantee your contribution will reach the children in need, we promise to buy, wrap and personally gift each package with a tag indicating your benevolent donation to the Assistance to Refugee and Displaced Children in Armenia project. Our efforts will be coordinated with UNHCR by using the agency’s expertise and experience in refugee issues and their lists of families by composition and location. We will ensure that Birthright Armenia volunteers and the UNHCR team members can jointly outreach and donate the assistance items to the vulnerable families living in remote towns and villages of Armenia. A small portion of these funds will be allocated for transportation costs to the most remote areas, e.g. in Syunik, the southernmost province of Armenia.
YOU DONATE, WE BUY AND WE HAND THEM TO THE CHILDREN.
US $10 (5000 Armenian Drams (AMD)) can buy a hygiene package including diapers, feminine hygiene products, washing powder, dish washing liquid, shampoo, soap, ear buds, toothpaste, toothbrush and towel for children and the elderly
US $18 (8500 AMD) can buy school supplies including a backpack, notebooks, pens, color pencils, erasers, coloring books, rulers, etc. for children of schooling age
US $18 (8500 AMD) can buy educational games including puzzles, books, playing cards, coloring books, colored pencils, etc. for newborns and small children.
Our approach will also be centred upon assistance to these displaced and vulnerable individuals in other ways, for example, providing cash based assistance for those who need life-saving measures, such as hospitalisation. We also recognise that many of these children and their families are experiencing the fresh traumas of warfare, the flight, and new hardships lie ahead. This distress has a profound impact on the psychological wellbeing of these displaced individuals. Thus, funds will also benefit psychological and social needs, such as sightseeing tours and museum trips, as well as resilience entertainment (clown performances, circus, open-air games, sport tournaments and concerts).
Every donation counts. We greatly appreciate any donation that you can make and your help in sharing our campaign with your family and friends.
Questions or inquiries can be directed to Monica at email@example.com
Please also refer to the UNHCR Armenia fact sheet, for your information at: http://www.un.am/en/agency/UNHCR