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Hi again, in this post I will tell you about the projects that our NGO The Institute for Youth Development, the mission of which is to address the needs of young people, will undertake. Because the youth in Yerevan are more or less “taken care of”, meaning there are a number of NGO’s and state organizations that are already working in this area, we’ve decided to work in the regions, with young people with less opportunities and support.

So what are the basic needs that these people have? After a few visits to rural areas of Armenia, as well as a number of needs assessment reports prepared by international organizations we can first try to answer this question. And then maybe make our contribution to solving it.sun

Under the Soviet Union many smaller cities in Armenia had one or two major factories, that employed at least one member from most families. This ensured that most families had means to sustain themselves. People in adjacent rural areas, either made their living from agriculture or had to travel to the nearest city to work in a factory. Nowadays most of these factories are gone, which resulted in high unemployment out of Yerevan, which is being fought against, but still is rather persistent. This started in 1988….

So, this is the situation that young people in those areas are facing: Unemployed parents, or one parent, usually the father, working outside the country; poor infrastructures, school buildings that are too old, community entertainment centers that are closed, people around them, who are too worried about how to make both ends meet, and little hope…

That’s pretty sad, isnt it. In the following posts we will tell you how we decided we will make our contribution to bringing the change that those people need so much.

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