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 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.

Our Progress In Seven Armenian Communities:

Progress report


In October 2 members of the monitoring group of our organization visited to 7 communities (Byurakan, Arapi, Vanadzor, Khor Virab, Martuni, Hrazadan and Gandzaqar), where “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project is being implemented. During the meetings they talked to the beneficiaries, their parents and tutors about project importance and implementation in their communities. The children who haven't gotten enough education because of different reasons (social bad conditions, parentless and etc.) from their compeers, in the result of trainings they obtained basic knowledge and continued their education at school. Especially they mentioned on the following subjects: Math, Armenian language, Geography and History.

The impression is that in Vanadzor city the children get basic knowledge with the help of netbooks. They learn how to use netbook for getting basic knowledge.

In Arpi community of Shirak region where 15 beneficiaries are participated in our project, 2 of them who are socially needy children are involved in trainings. The other participants of the project are assisting them .The tutors are conducting with them individually as well.

The trainings were well organized in Khor Virap as well. There were children who even didn't know the letters in that community. Thanks to hard work of the tutors they learnt to read and write. They started to learn the other subjects as well.

In all communities we have progress, in each community the number of beneficiaries is 15-16. During the training our beneficiaries acquired basic knowledge, became more confident and encouraged. In the result we have planned to implement this project in 3 communities: Shenik, Shaqe and Eghegnadzor as well. We talked to Arus who is the project coordinator in Hrazdan.

           Hello. I am Arus from Hrazdan. I am responsible for youth journalist center in Kotayk region and also the coordinator of “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project in our community. The project was beneficial for me, the tutors and the participants. Due to this project we overcame all the problems appeared for them that even the tutors couldn't do. During this project we could give the children basic education due to which they became more self-confident and encouraged. We managed to reveal their strong and weak sides and give them new skills. In that short period we became their tutors and friends. The 15 beneficiaries liked us and our project. Every time after the training they asked for additional individual trainings. The parents of the beneficiaries are satisfied for the project as well. The participants of the project are socially needy children. The first day they were constrained and ashamed to communicate and we managed to involve them in the discussion during the project. Even the tutors and the director thanked us for the project. I and my team are very excited from the project and grateful to give us such an opportunity. We hope the project will be continued, we will have an opportunity to work with children which will be useful for them.

The success of Gandzakar:

Syuzi is our volunteer in Gandzakar community 

The aim of “ICT as a Tool for Young Voices” project was to promote youth involvement in community development process as well as to develop identification of problems, promote youth to find solutions to those problems, promote IT and media sector development, volunteer working activities in the communities.
The project assists in young people involvement, raising issues of the communities, their participation in problems solutions, knowledge development on media and ICT. 
Meetings seminars and trainings were organized in 10 communities of Armenia.

As a result, our beneficiaries carry out evaluation and assessment of community issues, do public discussions and share their knowledge and experience with other members of the community as well as actively communicate with other young groups of Yerevan and communities. It helped the development of IT and media spheres and its activation of volunteers’ works in communities.

Community urgent issues were revealed with joint efforts, afterwards were offered its solutions and necessary ways to overcome them.    

Young people of the communities were highly motivated in each issue with great enthusiasm and readiness and we can definitely say that the regional groups of YJOC could reveal community issues and suggest its appropriate solutions.

In Gandzakar community of Tavush region our project had success.  That project gave an opportunity for young people. Syuzi who is a resident in that community will share her success with us.
Hi, I am Syuzi, I live in Gandzakar village of Tavush region in Armenia. The village has about 3,500 residents; most of them are young people.
In 2007 “Community Action Committee” is created by sponsorship of USAID, that was united the young people of the village. Young people began to realize what is “volunteerism” concept, how to work for community. The project was continued until 2012.  

After a year we are informed about a competition, organized by Zartonk-89 NGO and YJOC. 6 young people participated in that competition shooting a video about the problems of the village. That video was awarded a prize. Our work and cooperation began with Zartonk-89 NGO and YJOC. YJOC was established in our community, Tavush region. We began to have active participation in reveal of community issues. In community we conduct seminars and trainings.
Thanks to Zartonk-89 NGO and YJOC children, teenagers and young people are able to communicate with young people from other communities, to share their experiences with our colleagues by means of communication technologies, to visit our colleagues in different communities, informed about their activities, to invest their experience in our community. We feel us a real member in our community.

I thank to the people who support for our community to keep active, by means of IT we could raise our voice on community needs and problems.