In Armenia, poverty is not obvious at first sight. The capital, Yerevan, is an impressive city which is attracting more and more tourists. You don’t see the poverty in the people you meet there, and you only notice a few beggars. There is also hardly any street crime. The shops are full and the cafes and restaurants are good places to eat and drink. You have to take a closer look to notice that a completely different Armenia is hidden behind the shiny facade.
Unemployment was high even before the corona pandemic, and the social assistance which needy families receive is nowhere near enough to meet basic needs. The pandemic and the war for Artsakh made the situation even worse. A lot of families have lost their breadwinners. The refugees from Artsakh, who cannot return to their homeland, also need living space and work. But even those who have work often find it difficult to support their families. Many families can only survive with help from abroad.
Our partner organisation Diaconia Charitable Fund (DCF) helps in Armenia through child sponsorships, individual aid, development projects such as the vocational training centre and the cattle project, and for years through the “Village of Hope“.