Zartonok-89 NGO

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.

Mission:

        "Zartonk -89" is a charitable organization that seeks  educational, social, health, environmental and charitable projects to support vulnerable children, adolescents and young adults with the mental, physical and spiritual development and life improvement. Our mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of parentless and needy children, teenagers and youth in Armenia.  In order to achieve our mission, we implement various educational, social, and health projects focused on improving the mental, physical and social skills of children and teenagers and on building their self-esteem. The organization also assists rural and urban communities of the country. In addition, we have implemented several development projects that benefit entire communities. The age group of people that our organization wants to reach out to mainly consists of youth between the ages of 14-20 years old.

Objectives:

• To help the most vulnerable groups of children, adolescents and youth in regards to education, health and social aspects of accumulated problems.
• Implement educational, social, health, environmental protection, community development, as well as contributing to the strengthening of programs.
• To promote intercultural learning and dialogue, as well as the development of the culture of peace, tolerance and the spread of the world.
• Develop cooperation and networks between international and local organizations.
• To contribute to finding a solution to the problems faced by youth as well as legal awareness.
• To contribute to the establishment of democracy throughout the country and improve the people's living conditions.

• To develop and strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector in Armenia.

Our achievements’ in Martuni and Vanadzor Communities:

                              Vigen conducts training
Long-term goal of the project ICT as a Tool for Young Voices: To promote involvement of
youth in the process of strengthening democratic institutions in Armenia. In the frame of the Project we organized "the Power of democracy" training course in the two Armenian Communities; the general and specific aim of the Project is:
1. To promote involvement of the Youth in the process of strengthening democratic institutions in Armenia, also to teach and disseminate democratic values among the Youth,
2. to improve skills among the Youth in the following spheres: Freedom of speech, tolerance and diversity. 40 participants were engaged in the training course from two Armenian communities, who were interested in the strengthening and development process of the Democratic Institutions in Armenia. 
Vigen, one of the activists of the Organization, who was one of the trainers of the Project, will share his thoughts about the Training.

Hello, I am Vigen. Within "ICT as a Tool for Young Voices" program, I implemented "Power of democracy" seminar course. 16-20 years old intellectual, motivated and purposeful 40 young people from 2 communities of Armenia were selected as the target group. The selection of this group was measured; they demonstrated a great interest towards the establishment of democratic intuitions in Armenia, and surely had their significant role in the establishment process. Being a trainer, I hold the course with the help of non-formal education methodology - through interactive games.
The course started with acquaintance game, during which the participants were showing the symbol typical of them. The course lasted 3 days. Diversity, free speech, and tolerance were the primary and key themes. At the time of the course, the participant young people were assigned to depict images of "democracy in their eyes" and, recognizing the shield as a sampler, they depicted symbols typical to democracy.  Actually, they were given the opportunity to express their ideas and perceives on democratic values. In addition to theoretical material, the course was full of the situation, role games, which contributed strengthening the noble ideas of free speech, diversity, tolerance. The course was regularly accompanied by discussions and debated, during which the young people were trying to freely express their opinions and positions and collectively search for ways contributing the increase of awareness level and democratic values in Armenia. As a result, a social platform of "Democratic young people" was formed, and our regional representatives have the full opportunity to share their ideas, concerns, and problems to try to search collectively for ways to establish of democratic institution in Armenia. At the end of the course, I valued the opinions, visions, offers and observations of the participants, who filled appropriate evaluation forms, which subsequently will promote the increase of effectiveness of this program in other regions of Armenia.

In Results:

The level of the knowledge towards democratic values, particularly free speech, free choice, tolerance and plurality of ideas, was increased by 40 young people in 2 communities of 2 regions of Armenia.
Our beneficiaries acquired abilities with the help of which they could use their knowledge in practice.
The comprehension and the role of democratic values was increased amongst the population of 2 communities.

Democratic institutions developed and spread all over the country, people changed their attitude towards the democracy bringing the democratic values into life.

Our achievement in Vayots - Dzor region:

Gayane during the lesson
“Zartonk89” NGO is continuing the program “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” in different regions of Armenia, where this important and targeted plan has not been done yet. We are representing our success in Vayk, which is situated in Vayots -Dzor region. 22 teenagers have taken part in this project, of which 15 girls and 7 boys, who were left out from the opportunity to receive basic education because of difficult social problems and lack some knowledge for their peers. The program “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” is for those, who are considered risky group, that is some of them did not attend schools as they had to do hard work because of poor social conditions and they did not have enough basic education. Those problems affected the stereotypes of the following children of risky group, their psychology was changed and they became more self-contained, underestimated their personal skills and became disappointed. Those things psychologically affect our beneficiaries, who become isolated from both their environment and peers. That is why along with basic education the children are supplied with psychological services that help them to be integrated into the learning process making children more motivated and versed.
Volunteers of "Zartonk-89” have left for program implementation place, Vayots- Dzor region, met with training participants and recommended to write a story about the training. Here is Gayane's story.
Hello, I am Gayane. I am 14, from Vayk community of Vayots- Dzor region.
I was selected to participate in “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program. I had attended the High School of Vayk, but then I could not continue my education, receive the needful basic education necessary to a person for interaction in the environment, have indispensable knowledge because of my social conditions. I am very happy that I was given the opportunity to participate “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program in Vayk.
At the program available trainings were organized through games. The material was provided easily. That's the reason that program participants took participation in the training with great interest, without being absent from classes, highlighting the role of basic education in their lives. The training gave me new knowledge, I became more spirited and sociable, acquired new friends. The learning process was goodly organized through games, which made the learning process more interesting. First of all, I met many good and kind people. Everything was very interesting, especially the organization of the training games and classes in the nature.

The used learning methods were very interesting, especially the fact that we also were participating in the training presenting additional information. I would like that such training programs be more, those would include new beneficiaries, and new teenagers would take advantage of educational programs. First of all, I want to thank the program supporters, Global Giving team, and the organizers for implementing such an interesting and training program.

 

Our achievements’ in Gegharqunik and Lori region:





"Zartonk-89" NGO implemented with the support of IDA (International Development Alliance) the "Power of Democracy" project in 2 communities in Armenia.  14-20 year regional young people motivated, active and believing democracy establishment in Armenia were selected as the target group.  3-day course helped regional young people to make the understanding of the noble idea of the democracy, as well as of modern democracy principles.  The course was implemented with the help of non-formal educational methodology - interactive games.  The main themes of our training were freedom of speech, tolerance, diversity.  The course started with acquaintance game, we well as with role and group games.  The teams were given the opportunity during the group game to make jointly, as one collective power, placards with headlines of "Democracy in my eyes," and the best works were awarded with promotion prizes. The courses periodically were accompanied by discussions, and regional young people were expressing during those discussions their opinions on democracy, democratic values, democratic institution establishment process in Armenia.  As a result, "democratic young people" social platform was created, where our regional representatives have the opportunity to share with their ideas, concerns, problems and can try as future democratic leaders to search for ways to increase the level of democracy.  We hope, that "Power of Democracy" project will be ongoing and that community representatives from other regions of RA will also join the project.

Progress Report:

                       Meeting in Artsakh   
Within the framework of ICT as a Tool for Young Voices program we have planned to organize “Formation of active citizens in the communities of Armenia and Artsakh” training course in the communities of Armenia and Artsakh.
The aim is to contribute the formation of young people as autonomous, active citizens in 4 communities of Armenia and NagornoKarabakh (Vanadzor, Martuni, Shushi and Stepanakert). We plan to carry out 4 days training course in each region and community.  We have chosen those regions and communities as we have experience of working with young people from remote regions and we can say that such kind of socio-educational programsare not implemented in remote regions. 20 young people shall participate in the training course from each community. 
Young people of those remote communities have been selected, as they are more vulnerable to challenges and changes in society compared with young people from cities, have low level of self confidence, self valuation and tolerance, problems of being socially and positively adapted,interpersonal communication skills shortages, difficulties to cooperate and work in a team, difficulties on certain important issues such as human rights, violence, trafficking, lack of skills to solve conflicts peacefully.
Young people need reliable and non formal environment where they can express themselves, and express their opinion, work in a team.
In addition to this we can say that they are unaware of non-formal methods acquiring through knowledge, skills and abilities, which will make the course more interesting and interactive. We are sure that through this course young people will gain confidence, learn and deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities to become more autonomous and active in their lives and communities. 

The launch of the program in regions of Armavir, Vayots Dzor and Syunik:



     
Teachers’ retraining
       Our “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” program was launched in communities of Shenik, Shaki and Vayk in February. A retraining for learners from 3 regions was organized immediately after preparatory activities. We selected the learners taking into consideration the following criteria; their age, experience of working with children from vulnerable groups, motivation, psychological skills and abilities of working with children and used the best practice implemented in 7 communities. Didactic and interactive means were used during the retraining course, a successful practice implemented in various regions was presented, the curriculum worked out beforehand was presented in detail. At the beginning of the course heads of the classes from 3 communities arrived, asked questions concerning them to the leader of the program and received full answers to their questions. The retraining teacher, Astghik, will present in detail the report of the training course.
       I am Astghik.
       During the seminar I presented in detail how to start the project step-by-step. In order to start the project in their regions the trainers first of all should make a list of participants. For this purpose, they should search for 10-15 year-old children yielding the basic education among their acquaintances and relatives, as well as in schools. After completing the list they should speak with the parents of the children, inform them about the project and receive their approval, so that their child can freely participate in classes of the basic education. After making the list they arrange with the administration of the school about receiving a class for starting the courses. To come to an agreement with the children on days and to organize the classes in accordance with the plan. If there will be children having psychological problems they must surely receive a support of psychologist.
       During the retraining course I shared with my experience and acquired skills with the participants, presented the best works from other communities.
       For example, to ask the children after lessons what they liked and what didn't, what offers they have. To be friendly with the children, not to put a teacher-pupil border, because our task is to teach the children through games and contests. The goal of the retraining was to produce such trainers, who would create an environment, where children would be easy, interact with each other and would help the children to perceive the material worked out beforehand in accordance with the curriculum.

Progress Report:


Project leader Nare Gareginyan

The aim of the project is to assist community youth involvement in the development process of their communities, to develop IT and Media spheres and to increase the volunteering activity level in their communities. After the successful fulfillment of our set goals we have the following results:

1. More than 300 active beneficiaries from ten regions of Armenia and Yerevan (14-30 year: 143 boys and 174 girls) who took part in the 'ICT as a Tool for Young Voices' gained research skills and improved their knowledge level on IT.
2. The Youth from the mentioned regions are now engaged in more organizational activities. Nearly 15 young boys and girls from each region organize ongoing meetings, discussions about community tasks.
3. Our beneficiaries actively take part in community meetings; organize online discussions with the Youth from the other communities.


I am Nare, head of “Young journalists’ online center” of Zartonk-89 NGO, as well as leader of 'ICT as a Tool for Young Voices' project. In order to plan our further steps I organized meetings with the responsible of the regional groups. After summing up the results of regional meetings and taking into account the suggestions of the Youth we are going to

1. Strengthen the internal and external capabilities of the community groups.
2. Assist in community based experience exchange and partnership opportunities among the Youth.
3. Obtaining technical means and their application.