Ongoing Support Grant Program

To provide ongoing support to special causes, organizations and initiatives of merit that are actively providing ongoing assistance to priority groups in Armenia, FOA supports the following initiatives and organizations with continual funding throughout the year:

GLOW – Girls Leading Our World

GLOW

Summary

Girls Leading Our World is a leadership program for young Armenian girls, ages 12-16 which includes residential summer school for 50 girls and a number of alumni support activities throughout the year.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The role of women in Armenia especially in rural areas remains somewhat traditional and often limited by gender stereotypes. Future female leaders are currently held back by a lack of information and opportunities concerning career options, life options, and leadership development. The extracurricular programs for adolescents, especially with a leadership and civic participation focus, are very few or non-existent in the towns and villages of Armenia. The disparity in gender roles make it more difficult to achieve an inclusive civil, and a truly democratic, society.

How does GLOW help solve this problem?

GLOW offers girls life-changing self-development opportunities, exploring issues they are concerned about from a life skills perspective.  Participants learn new skills anda re equipped with tools to enhance their self-development, participate in group activities to enable them to discover their full potential, and experience mentorship and bonding to help them feel enabled to become active contributors to their evolving society and local communities as true participants in civil society development, and catalysts for positive change.

Potential Long Term Impact

This will be the 5th year of GLOW in Armenia. GLOW alumni have gone on to lead major NGOs, and participate in impactful initiatives within their local communities, serving positive change.  The program gives a chance to girls to grow personally and professionally and instigate a ripple effect, transforming their local communities through engagement and localized collaboration with community stakeholders, building on the education and mentorship they experience at GLOW camp.

The Need

GLOW typically needs $4500 annually to operate its program, maintaining its class sizes and scope at current levels.

 

BRO – Boys Reaching Out

BRO Camp

Summary

Boys Reaching Out is a leadership program for teenage Armenian males, which includes residential summer school for between 20-30 boys and a number of ongoing alumni support activities throughout the year.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The role of men in Armenia, especially in rural areas, is driven by traditional gender stereotypes. Many young men are held back or hurt by a lack of information and access to resources that provide more open, unbiased data on issues ranging from civil society, economic opportunities, on into health education.  Young men in Armenia are faced with a very rigid social system where they are culturally barred from engaging in new models of behavior that often might benefit their local communities and civil society, as well as their individual health.

How does BRO help solve this problem?

BRO offers young men life-changing self-development opportunities. The camps teach valuable skills in leadership, teamwork, public speaking, management and personal development as well as human rights, HIV/AIDs, drug/alcohol, tolerance and human trafficking awareness.

Potential Long Term Impact

This will be the 4th year for BRO in Armenia. The program gives young men a chance to grow personally and professionally and instigate a ripple effect, transforming their local communities through engagement and localized collaboration with community stakeholders, building on the education and mentorship they experience at BRO camp.

The Need

BRO  typically needs $4500 annually to operate its program, maintaining its class sizes and scope at current levels.

 

The Association of Hippotherapy and Equestrian Sports CENTAUR NGO

CENTAUR

Summary

CENTAUR NGO was established in 2007, and provides rehabilitation for physically and mentally afflicted children and adults through hippotherapy, horseback riding and equestrian sports, as well as health and recreation services.

CENTAUR aims to ensure recovery and rehabilitation of the handicapped, support and encourage their integration into the society, promote communication with horses and help people escape city-life to regain and enjoy harmony with nature and fauna.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Physically and mentally disabled or handicapped inviduals in Armenia are a highly marginalized segment of the population.  As a result of traditionally held taboos, people with these disabilities are often hidden from public view and suffer in isolation and rarely have access to therapeutic services to help them cope with their issues.

How does Centaur help solve this problem?

Short- and long- term assistance is provided to the Specialized Children’s Home of Kharberd (Kharberd village); Aregak Day Care Center for Children with Multiple Disabilities (Gyumri); boarding schools, inclusive schools, individuals recommended by specialists.  The course of therapy is dictated by need and funding.

Potential Long Term Impact

Centaur practices hippotherapy in the ancient village of Ushi of Aragatsotn Marz, 37 km from Yerevan in the North West of Armenia, with specially trained horses. It also owns 9 dogs, which are currently being trained for dog therapy in the near future.  With stable funding, CENTAUR will be able to scale its program to accommodate more needy individuals from outlying areas.  Long-term, Centaur hopes to alleviate the suffering of a marginalized population and improve their quality of life, their social skills, and their communities acceptance of them as members of their respective communities and as individuals with needs and rights the same as themselves.

The Need

Centaur has ongoing needs and  typically needs $5000 annually to maintain its program, maintaining its program scope at its current level.

 

 

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