The Fund for Armenian Relief is starting a 5-year child-poverty prevention program in the Ararat region of Armenia. The program aims to identify children from families at risk and provide them with comprehensive support packages through early intervention. Long-term consistent work with the beneficiaries aims to consolidate the program’s impact.
Based on specific criteria used to determine a family’s economic standing, 25 families will be selected to benefit from the program.
Services included in the support packages will range from legal consultation and assistance, socio-psychological, material and humanitarian assistance, as well as development of parental skills through a variety of methods, including workshops and trainings.
At the moment, the FAR Children’s Center, which is the direct implementer of the program, has already completed an initial assessment of the target group. After studying the social conditions of 120 families in Ararat and another 120 in Masis, from which it has identified 100 who are in extreme need of the planned assistance.
A peer review committee, made up of FAR staff, local administration representatives, the Department of Social Issues, and the Armenian Church, will identify the 50 families (25 in each community) that will benefit from the program. Immediately after this step, social workers, in consultation with the peer review committee, will devise individual plans for each family, so that support packages may be delivered starting in May 2013.
The implementation of this program in itself is the best gift to the lucid memory of its supporter Robert Samuel Ajemian – scientist and teacher, member of the AGBU and the Armenian Assembly – a FAR benefactor who passed away in March 2009. In our implementation efforts of this program for the children of Ararat, we look up to his humanitarian lifestyle and his care for our compatriots.