Tag Archives: “Restoring living conditions in Armenia” project

ARS_3933_Low- and middle-income families in Armenia can barely find energy-efficient construction materials, furniture, or appliances at affordable prices. To address these issues with the funding support from the European Union Habitat for Humanity Armenia Foundation has been implementing the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project since December 2016. The project aims to improve low- and middle-income families’ living conditions by providing them with access to low-cost furniture, household goods, and building materials – new and used, remodelled and refurbished. The project is based on monetary donations or donated items – new or almost new furniture, construction materials, and home appliances – which are then refurbished and sold to the public at affordable prices. The project has a total budget of €340,003 (the European Union contribution is €300,000).

ARS_3997_Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation Luiza Vardanyan presented the components of the project: “Our project has three main components. We established a social enterprise called “Norogi Resource Centre” in 2018, where low- and middle-income families can get low-cost, new or barely used furniture, construction materials and supplies, and home appliances. We will also organise training for people to get basic know-how on carpentry, home improvements, and energy-efficiency upgrades. We also have a working lab and learning studio where volunteers of different abilities and backgrounds have an opportunity to gain new skills and technical tips on remodelling and upgrading furniture which will help them access employment opportunities. The proceeds will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Armenia foundation to be used to help more families build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities”.

ARS_4005_The Head of the “Restoring Living Conditions in Armenia” project, Arthur Mesropyan, spoke about shaping new culture in Armenia: “We must be able to change our culture. It is unnecessary for everyone to dedicate things only to themselves, and furniture is one of those things. Through social networks, partners, customers, donors, volunteers, we’re trying to spread the idea of donating. We are trying to use this opportunity to present our programme and goals and raise awareness”.

On 29 September with the participation of the EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Arsen Karamyan, and the Armenian Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Tadevos Avetisyan, the campaign of four roundtables devoted to Civil Society Day in Armenia was summed up. This awareness raising campaign was organised through the EU-funded “Support to Civil Society Facility Programme”.

ARS_1990This campaign highlighted the dedicated work that civil society in Armenia is undertaking and the initiatives the European Union is implementing to encourage the development of the sector. The four roundtables entitled “Social Entrepreneurship as an Alternative Route to Economic Development in Armenia” presented by the EU funded “Restoring living conditions in Armenia” project; “Social Inclusion Issues in Armenia” presented by EU funded “First inclusive and barrier-free Bakery and Coffee Shop in Gyumri” project; “The Role of CSOs in Shaping Public Policy” presented by the EU funded “Commitment to Constructive Dialogue” project and “Empowered Youth for Armenia’s Future: New Partnerships, New Bridges” presented by the EU funded “BRIDGE for CSOs” project achieved significant results. The roundtables involved lively discussion, with participants contributing innovative ideas with clear practical use. Each roundtable tackled important issues and created new opportunities to bring about positive social change.

ARS_0399During the final roundtable Ambassador Świtalski emphasised the mutual reliance and collaboration between the EU, the Armenian government and CSOs: ‘The topic of youth is very important, not only for Armenia, but for many countries. For Armenia, young people constitute the most important untapped potential for the country’s development. Young people are the future of any country, but in Armenia it has a deeper meaning, a meaning that the government is now taking seriously. We, the EU, want to be helpful – you know how we are offering support. However, if you were to ask me to systematise our assistance, it is about three critical issues: education, jobs, and voice. If these three aspects are addressed properly, then we can expect positive results’.