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6 First Yekmalyan street,
375002 Yerevan, Armenia


+374 10 53 51 67


+374 10 53 86 72



4/1 Tigran Metz Avenue,
2001 Vanadzor, Armenia


+374 32 24 55 98


Its mission is to promote access to and mainstream inclusive services and settings for children and families from different ethnic backgrounds suffering from post-conflict trauma, poverty, disability, and/or difficult family situations. CHILD, a project funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) in cooperation with InterkulturelesZentrum (IZ) started this year with the following results in mind.

  • Access to non-formal education and communal integration of disadvantaged children and their families will be expanded;
    Network of promoters of inclusive practices will have increased and structures for using synergies will be widened.
    Cooperation of Stakeholders of inclusive, non-formal education – Schools, Community Clubs – at regional level will have been established.
  • Competence in inclusive practices will have strengthened.
  • Public awareness will have risen on importance of inclusion.
    Understanding and knowledge on inclusive formal and non-formal education and inclusive approaches among key stakeholders – journalists, teachers, students, authorities - will be improved.
  • Advocacy for inclusive formal and non-formal education and training enhanced at national and regional levels.

And what have the NGOs Union Beryllus, Liberta and The Ministry of Education and Science Social Inclusion Support Program in Georgia and Bridge of Hope and Orran in Armenia accomplished in the last few months of their work? The results have surpassed any expectation. As always when children are involved they seem to multiply the effects of any undertaking by the sheer fact of their energy, enthusiasm and creativity. In Georgia, 300 children with special needs are working hand in hand with 400 children from regular schools in clubs of reading, crafting, drama and sport. A favorite program here is the Theater Festival where children integrate to put on a fantastic performance. But those who are anxious to watch them, must wait until the beginning of 2015.

To disseminate Roma history, a banner has been published to include short information about Roma history and biographies of celebrities with Roma background. With the permission of the Ministry of Education and Science the banners were put in the entrance of each school where Roma children study or live in the local community. To better promote the needs of the Roma community research that aims at examining living conditions, problems, attitudes and traditions of Roma communities settled in different districts in Tbilisi is underway. The research is thematically related to international studies conducted in the field about Roma communities.

Working with children with special needs and integrating them into mainstream community life is nothing new to Bridge of Hope, NGO in Armenia which celebrates its 18 anniversary this year. In the last three months, through its campaigns “Kindness starts from us”, “Beauty will save the World” and public actions devoted to the Lovers' Day and Army Day, Bridge of Hope brought together children and youth with or without disabilities, parents, community leaders, authorities local officials, NGO and civil sociality organizations, Medical centres and Mass Media.

The organization also included 488 children between the ages of 6-18 in lessons of art therapy, paintings, ceramics and other hand crafts which were presented during an exhibition on Mothers' Day. The theatre group here is getting ready for the Georgian festival as it goes around performing in Armenia. Seminars for parents and youth on themes “Environment cleanliness”, “Volunteering”, “How to protect the rights of the minorities”, “Computer games and their harmful influence”, “How to create and run blogs”, “Small and medium enterprise in Armenia”, exhibitions on the artwork of Bridge of Hope beneficiaries were organized in all the regional centres.

Blogging is a favourite tool to communicate and discuss matters of concern. Six Media Club’s members have created their own blog and use them as an advocacy tool.

Orran, an NGO that works with vulnerable children in the cities of Yerevan and Vanadzor has embraced eighty three children in the city of Vanadzor. The children here work together in workshops making art crafts highly praised by the clients of the city. Their Christmas festival attracted hundreds of customers who bought them out and put in orders for future products. The sewing class here for the children and their parents had such quality products that an international organization World Vision put an order with them. Orran’s newly built center is so beautiful that children of other schools are in line to come and hold activities in union with the Orran children.

Susanna Tadevosyan, founder and presdient of Bridge of Hope summed it best

“Leave it to the children; they will overcome any barrier whether it is physical or cultural”.