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What’s Happening in Armenia this Summer

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What’s Happening in Armenia this Summer?

Camp Care

In January, Friends of Armenia granted funds to Bridge of Hope in Dilijan for their summer project, Camp Care.  Peace Corps Volunteer Bekkah Bernheim (A-21) is administering the camp in partnership with Bridge of Hope.  If successful, they hope to expand campsites in the future.  Camp Care is a two-fold curriculum that teaches personal and community health to youth with, and without, disabilities through a series of interactive seminars and games over a weeklong summer day camp. Throughout the week young people ages 11-16 will learn the importance of taking care of their bodies by focusing on topics such as hygiene, nutrition, exercising, and the importance of not smoking. Following this introduction to personal health, students will examine issues impacting community health. Community health, in this context, includes social engagement, volunteerism, and environmental awareness. Because community health is the shared responsibility of all community members, the camp will culminate in a community service project. The campers, junior camp counselors, and staff will clean up the neighborhood, weed the tree-lined street, and plant flowers. Parents, educators, and elected officials will be invited to take part.

Parents gather for informational meeting about Camp Care. March, 2014.

The FOA Board has also approved two grants through our Ongoing Support Program:

GLOW Project

As many of you know, GLOW has been a strong partnership between Stepanavan Youth Center and Peace Corps Armenia for many years.  We are proud to announce that FOA will support GLOW again this summer.  FOA funds will be used for take home materials for GLOW participants.  Each participant will receive a bag produced by Vardenis Sewing Group to hold materials as well as flash drives that will store the GLOW curriculum and pictures from summer school.  The participants will use these materials to implement seminars in their own communities following summer school.

TOBE (Teaching Our Boys Excellence)*

TOBE is a 7 day camp for 30 boys aged 13-17 followed by peer education activities in communities across Armenia. During the camp participants will be educated on 4 education themes (human rights, smoking and alcohol, healthy relationships, and sexual and reproductive health). They will also received training on basic project design and management and peer education. During the camp, each boy will design a peer education training on one of the 4 education themes that they will conduct in their own communities in the months of August or September 2014. FOA funds will support the campers in conducting their peer education projects by giving them each a small budget to purchase materials.

*What is TOBE? What happened to BRO (Boys Reaching Out)?

From our Peace Corps Volunteers in Armenia, we have learned that PC Global Initiative's recent trend has been to retire the BRO project and implement TOBE.  This year, Peace Corps Armenia is preparing for an inaugural TOBE Leadership Development Summer School project. The host organization for TOBE is Youth For Future (YFF) NGO. As stated by Peace Corps Volunteers in the field, “YFF is an ideal organization for partnership because they are staffed with very motivated, intelligent young professionals who have a genuine desire to learn how to design and conduct excellent projects, write effective and accurate grant proposals, and prepare for and monitor their projects.” TOBE will replace the former BRO program in FOA’s ongoing support program.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in General

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