2015 Grant Recipient - Noyastgh NGO

Congratulations to our newest grantee, Noyastgh NGO!

“Noyastgh” (Noah's Star) NGO was founded in Koghb, Armenia. It’s mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities, help those who are socially disadvantaged, and provide support to their family members. Noyastgh NGO provides services to disabled residents of 18 communities around Koghb. Most of the villages serviced by Noyastgh are border villages with high unemployment and no opportunities for disabled and/or disadvantaged individuals. It is the only NGO in the Noyemberyan region that directly works with disabled and disadvantaged individuals and their families. Currently, individuals in this area that require physical or massage therapy, must travel as far as Ijevan or Vanadzor.

With the generous support of Friends of Armenia members, Noyastgh NGO will create a space for Koghb children and the disabled community to gather and interact in a structured environment. The space will be open 7 days a week and community members can use the space and equipment free of charge. The room will have two separate functions: a corner dedicated to physical therapy and massage therapy; and the larger area as an after-school activity room. Current PCV, Alissa Morson, will be working with Noyastgh NGO to carry out this project. Thank you for your service Alissa!

Friends of Armenia funds will be used to purchase a stationary exercise bike, massage pads, and massage balls.