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CNC

We are proud to announce that since 2013 Orran and Bridge of Hope NGOs of Armenia are founding members of the Caucus Network for Children "CNC". The Mission of CNC is to Advance and safeguard the rights of children from vulnerable groups and their inclusion into education and the life of the community through mobilizing and networking the civil society institutions in the Caucasus region. To learn more about CNC please visit  http://www.caucasuschildren.net.

Contact Us

E-mail:

orran@orran.am

Orran
Yerevan:

6 First Yekmalyan street,
375002 Yerevan, Armenia

Phone:

+374 10 53 51 67

Fax:

+374 10 53 86 72

 

Orran
Vanadzor:

4/1 Tigran Metz Avenue,
2001 Vanadzor, Armenia

Phone:

+374 32 24 55 98

Our Mission

Orran, meaning "haven" in Armenian, was established in downtown Yerevan in April 2000. The center started with 16 children, but within six months, it had grown to embrace more than 26 at-risk elderly and 40 socially vulnerable children, some of whom were orphans. In 2009, another Orran center was established in the city of Vanadzor named after its major benefactors Krikor and Anna Krikorian. The number of our beneficiaries keeps increasing. Today, we have 95 elderly and 200 children, with ages ranging from five to sixteen years. 
 
Since its inception, Orran has helped thousands of families in need, all over Armenia and in Artsakh.

 

 

Orran's mission is to:

  1. Divert children from the streets and engage them in academic, cultural, and extra-curricular activities
  2. Fight the concept of beggar children as the principal breadwinners of their families
  3. Identify and develop children's interests and talents toward a working career
  4. Help families "in crisis"
  5. Assist the lonely and needy elderly
  6. Prevent the spread of destitution and begging among Armenia's children and elderly

To accomplish this mission, the staff at the Centers provide the children and elderly with the following services: 

Food

Prior to the arrival of the children, the elderly receive a nutritious lunch at the centers six days per week and socialize with one another and the staff during this time.The children walk or take the bus to the centers after school where they have a homemade meal consisting of soup or salad, a hot, nutritious main course and dessert. In preparing the menus, the staff nurses ensure that the children are receiving well-balanced meals six days per week. The children look forward to eating the delicious food prepared by the dedicated and talented Chief Cooks and her their assistants. 

Academic Assistance

After their meal, the children start on their homework with the assistance of three professional teachers at each center. A group of capable national and international volunteers assist with both tutoring and homework supervision, ensuring that each child receives the individual attention that he or she requires to be well prepared for the next day at school. 

Medical and Psychological Assistance

All children undergo a full medical checkup; those identified with problems are referred to appropriate specialists and receive the necessary treatment. The nurses check the medical status of the children on a regular basis and attend to their daily hygienic needs. 

The psychologists evaluate each child upon admission to Orran and work with the children on an individual or group basis as needed. When needed, family members are also counseled. 

Social Services

The social workers are present at the Centers for interaction and intervention with the children and visit their schools and homes, identifying and addressing problems that are affecting the children's behavior. The social workers also organize the distribution of locally and internationally donated clothing and shoes to the children and their families, as well as to the pensioners. 

Vocational Training

Orran strives to identify and develop children’s interests and talents towards a working career. Courses in macramé (hand weaving), woodcarving, pottery and sewing help children to learn skills and become honest breadwinners of their families when they grow up. In addition to developing children’s artistic skills, these courses serve as an important source of building their self-confidence.

Cultural Enrichment

Orran believes that spiritual and cultural enrichment are also important aspects for a child's development. In this regard, field trips to churches, museums, historical sites, monuments, theaters, and amusement parks are organized. The elderly also attend theatrical and musical performances. In many instances, the entrance fees are donated by the institutions being visited.

Fundraising Events

100 years ago we could not save the Armenian children. Today we can.

Orran Yerevan Gala
17 September 2016 at Marriott, Yerevan

Orran Los Angeles Gala
2 October 2016 at Vertigo, Glendale

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