About us

Zartonk-89” is a non-governmental organization, which operates throughout the Republic of Armenia founded in 1989 and registered as an NGO with the Ministry of Justice in 1996. In 1988 after the earthquake, when the north part of Armenia was ruined and also Kharabagh war about 2400 children were parentless and the organization began to assist those children solving all the problems. Since 1989, Zartonk-89 has been actively engaged in the promotion of health, education, environment and social assistance for needy segments of the rural and urban children and teenagers in Armenia.  The active support and creativity of our partners and local volunteers have made it possible to extend its presence to other regions of Armenia; to date there are branches of our NGO all over the country.

Our mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of children, teenagers and youth in Armenia.  In order to achieve our mission, we implement various educational, social, cultural and health, rights protection projects focused on improving the mental, physical and social skills of children, teenagers and youth on building their self-esteem. In addition, we have implemented several development projects that benefit entire communities.

Progress report

Zartonk-89 NGO implements “Providing education for 150 children in Armenia” project the aim of which is to provide basic education for those children from 10 regions in Armenia who could not get education because of social bad condition, to help them to continue their education at school, get professional skills in order they can find appropriate work in future and improve their families’ social conditions.    
In the frame of this project in 10 communities of 10 regions in Armenia working groups are formed and retrained.
As long as the project is not funded, we have started trainings in 4 communities: (Khor Virap, Arapi, Byurakan and Shenik) by means of individual donations.  Materials are made and printed.
Target group was divided into 2 age groups and checked their knowledge level.  In each group are conducted trainings weekly for 4 hours to complete basic education and teach new skills. 
Hi, I am Astghik. I live in Khor Virap community of Ararat region. I have been a beneficiary in one of the previous projects implemented by Zartonk-89 NGO and I am very happy to participate in those projects.  Participating in these projects, I have had an opportunity to acquire basic education and communicate freely in future.  In the result I achieved such knowledge, skills, human behavior that will be benefit for my community, environment and the others as well.
Now in communities we are planning to implement such a project that will help socially needy children and teenagers to get education, as instead of having education they had various hard works to help their families to overcome the difficulties their parents have had before.

Our goal is to assist those children to get knowledge for improving their living conditions in future.

Progress report

Progress report
 Online olimpiad

Elena during the activity

In the frame of “Online Olympiad” project Young Journalists Online Centers (YJOC) have been founded in different regions of Armenia. Visits were organized to YJOC, seminars and trainings conducted for regional groups. Each of the group coordinates its regional works, discuss existing issues and achievements in the region, have connection and communication with other young people in the communities who are also interested in Media and journalism. During the visits project goals, objectives and activities were represented. Interactive games were organized by means of which communities issues came up and tried to find solutions.

The project assists in youth involvement in the development process of their communities. During the meeting-trainings the obtained netbook was given to the elder participant of the meeting, who was responsible for the technical provision at the spot and communication with the Center. In the result our beneficiaries organize community issues assessment, public discussions sharing their obtained knowledge and experience to the other members of the community, have active communication with youth groups in Yerevan and other communities as well.

We would like to present one of the works of our regional groups: the beneficiaries of Arapi community have made a video about issues of their communities, and the river pollution of Akhuryan in Armenia. They investigate the composition water of the river, which is contaminated, suggested solutions and how to clean the river. The schoolchildren of the community participated in the process of the river cleaning. The polluted river had a negative impact on people and wildlife around the world.

Hi, I am Elena, I live in Arapi community of Shirak region in Armenia. I am one of the participants of “Online Olympiad” Program. In our community the young people had not idea about the importance of new media, usage of digital equipment, have not enough knowledge on this sphere. Participating in “Online Olympiad” program organized by Zartonk-89 NGO they obtained correspondent knowledge about new media, took part in community activities raising community issues by means of organized trainings and seminars. Behalf of our working group we thank to all those people who donate and support in to implement such important project. Thank to Global Giving and Zartonk-89 NGO:

Progress report

Zartonk-89 NGO has increased ՛՛Providing education for 150 children in Armenia’’ project in 10 regions of Armenia, as today many children in the regions dropping off their education have to do hard works to earn their living and improve their social conditions. The organization has created Young Journalists Online Center (YJOC) that has its branches in 10 communities of Armenian regions (Vanadzor, Hrazdan, Martuni and Jermuk towns, Gandzakar, Arapi, Shenik, Shaki and Byurakan villages). Our young people from regional branches has explored and found children who don’t get basic education because of work and social bad conditions, they assist the children with private and groups trainings. All groups were given netbooks, stationeries and necessary books for trainings due to implemented projects of the organization.
Our young people of YJOC have conducted computer trainings, seminars and share their knowledge to teenagers of their communities who have hard works and are in social bad conditions.
We think that this new idea of the project “Equal To Equal Education” is more effective as it is obvious from the children’s active attendance to the trainings. 
I am Vika. I am one of the beneficiaries of Zartonk-89 NGO and as well as one of the founders of Young Journalists Online Center. I participated in implemented projects of the organization and have learned and acquired knowledge and skills in basic education as well as participated in seminars, meetings, trainings to improve important skills related to human behavior, team building, and imagination on civil journalism. I give importance to this project implementation in the regions. In the frame of the project I shared my gained knowledge and skills to young people in different rural communities. Now I share my knowledge with young people from the regions as well. I consider the case useful, fun and instructive.

I would like to take an opportunity and express my gratitude to all who helped and supported us to implement ՛՛Providing education for 150 children in Armenia’’ project in rural communities of the regions in Armenia

Progress report

In the frame of “Online Olympiad” project Zartonk-89 NGO organized visits to 10 regions of Armenia for the meeting with the beneficiaries of the project. We provided them netbooks for each region, but in Jermuk community we provided photo camera as well to realize the works more effectively. We also organized trainings, seminars, discussions with the aim of raising their knowledge level on media sphere.
The aim of the project was to assist in media research skills development among teenagers and youth with the effective usage of Information Technologies in the Republic of Armenia.
We have had progress during the implementation of “Online Olympiad” project
  • Assisted in online club creation  for 300 youth journalists in different regions of Armenia
  • Assisted in improvement of  journalism, research and creative skills for the youths with the usage of information technologies in Armenia
  • Created virtual educational environment where the new media opportunities are used with the interest of youth and information technologies are used as an active factor of the education process and they receive their answers of the questions through this environment
  • Helped youth journalists to explore the opportunities of new media usage
  • Explored and encouraged the best materials and articles of youth journalists
  • Gave chance the youth journalists in different regions for exchange and cultural experience
  • The participants of “Online Olympiad” project established online club and they get in touch with the members of online club in different regions, organize online competitions, Olympiads, round tables, seminars, meetings, make decisions and suggestions.

Our beneficiaries were 16-18 years old young people from regions of Armenia who were interested in media and journalism.
For future we have planned to carry out projects with our beneficiaries, discuss their proposals, to involve them in the whole process of proposal writing, research and its implementation.
The beneficiaries’ response to the project is very important for us. We present one of the our beneficiaries  Marianna Arshakyan’s respond from Jermuk town of Vayots Dzor region about conducted seminars and meetings in the frame of Online Olympiad project.
Hello I am Marianna Arshakyan from Jermuk town of Vayots Dzor. I am very glad for the participation in Online Olympiad project. Young Journalist Online Center was established in our community and I am a member of that center. In the frame of mentioned project I got knowledge about media, research and journalism, made new and clever friends is very important for me.
I thank the supporters of the project for this project implementation.  

Progress report

Our beneficiaries in Ararat region of Armenia
Zartonk-89 NGO had been implementing “Providing education for 90 children in Armenia” project since 2006, the aim of which was to provide basic education for those children in Yerevan who could not get education because of job to earn their living; to help them get basic education and professional skills in order they can find job and improve their social conditions of their families in future. During the project implementation we have had great success. During these years 58 beneficiaries from 100 came back to school, they have got basic education, professions and now they work with their specializations. 42 beneficiaries continuing their work have received basic knowledge with distance learning method. Today they use their gained knowledge to find best job. Recent years our organization has been actively involved in implementation process of educational reform in the Republic of Armenia. First, there were positive results recorded in educational reform, the rate of children’s classes attendance was high. But recent years the global economic crises had its negative impact on the world, as well as social-economic situation of our country, migration and the quantity of people who leave the country to work in abroad is increased and again it is obvious the children’s involvement in hard works.