We are pleased to introduce some highlights from our partnerships:
Partnership with USAID (USAID funded Advanced Rural Development Initiative (ARDI) Program): ARDI is a 5-year program launched in September 2013. The program aims to increase rural employment by tackling constraints to rural economic development of 51 rural communities in the Syunik, Vayots Dzor and Lori marzes (provinces) of Armenia. The program supports interventions in three main rural economic sectors/Value Chains involving Dairy Processing, Fruit Processing and Rural Tourism. In two and half years the program completed 4 Milk Collection Units, 8 Irrigation Water projects, 2 Watering Points, 7 B&Bs, 37 Seed Grants and 3 Fruit Cold Storages.
Partnership with VivaCell-MTS: The partnership with VivaCell-MTS, Armenia’s leading mobile operator, goes back to the inception of our organization. Altogether from 2007 to 2015, 93 families in need of decent housing were assisted through this partnership. In 2016, 41 more families will be assisted, for which the leading mobile operator invested more than AMD 104 million (last year AMD 100 million was invested).
Partnership with International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC): A continuing partnership aimed to assist families of those who went missing during Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Altogether, from 2010 to 2015, 92 families were assisted. In 2016, 16 more families will be assisted.
Partnership with Armenian Relief and Development Association (ARDA) and Vanadzor Municipality: A partnership aimed to assist the families who live in dilapidated temporary shelters (domiks).These houses are designed by Lazarian World Homes. The Lazarian polystyrene (or Styrofoam) block is the basis for these homes. With these blocks, the housing structures become simple and inexpensive to build. The buildings are energy efficient and the blocks keep out moisture, resist pests, and contain fire retardant materials all within each block. The homes also have an estimated life of 40-50 years. Altogether, from 2008 to 2014, 55 families were assisted. In 2016, 12 more families will be assisted.
Other Strong Partnerships: Partnering with Armenian Apostolic Church, Heifer Project International Armenia, USA Embassy in Armenia, KPMG Armenia, Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan, AGBU, AVC, Birthright Armenia, PwC Armenia, IREX (International Research & Exchange Board), FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange), Armenia Tree Project, local municipalities, Yerevan State University, UWC Dilijan Collage, Daughters of Vartan, Knights of Vartan, Peace Corps in Armenia, Armenian National Lyceum after Anania Shirakatsy and others.