Apr 5, 2021

Empowerment goes on

As mentioned in previous reports we have been implementing research in the eastern rural communities around, in the eastern area of Shirak’s administrative center Gyumri. Short trainings organized by our NGO were also implemented in 2 northern villages of Shirak, which is closer to the Georgian border, Tsoghamarg and Toros. These areas are relatively closed compared with other areas of Armenia and since spring comes here a little late than usual, we have been using that time to complete the research in the area.

Our research aimed at finding the potential of these communities, where women live in and how to use the values and sites of interest as anchors for attracting tourists. We highly prioritize the existence of ancient monuments and the knowledge of ancient methods of cooking, which later will become the basis of the foundation of the pillars of the project.

Feb 26, 2021

Empowerment has NO limits

Group meeting
Group meeting

Anna joined Nor Luyce in September 2020. When she joined, her mother asked us to help the daughter to become more social, be integrated within the community, and assist to find interests in life. Since September 5 months have passed and last week when we met Anna’s mom again, she kept expressing her gratitude to the organization, to Anna’s mentor because a vast change can be seen in Anna. Her mom kept saying that Anna has become more initiative, started to express the internet in everything, became very active, and can easily make friends in her community.

Nor Luyce continues its women empowerment activities. During the last 3 months, our mentor-mentee pairs have realized 648 hours of individual and group mentoring meetings. Those meetings allowed the mentees to reveal their strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and how to manage all these emotions. The girls were empowered to change their weaknesses into strengths with the help of their mentors.

As always our program empowers not only adolescent girls but also young women through providing them necessary professional skills: such as ‘The psychology of winners’ and ‘Grief, how to overcome grief and loss.'

Along with the advancement of personal skills, the girls also continue practicing their computer skills and gaining new life-skills. During these last 3 months, the girls were provided with 30 hours of group meetings, during which they learned how to write a resume, what professions talk to their personal traits, they also revealed how to get ready for job interviews, how to be a good leader, how to keep safe from viruses, etc. The girls are not only participating in the educational meetings, but they also have a fun time celebrating New Year, international mentoring day, and other fun holidays.

In these three months, one of the most important meetings was the meeting with famous Armenian singers and dancer- Sofi Devoyan, Zaruhi Babayan, and Sofi Devoyan Jr. These well-known and respected women shared their success stories with our girls motivating them to follow their dreams and not to step back no matter how hard the road to success is.

Mentees with the famous Armenian artists
Mentees with the famous Armenian artists
Group meeting
Group meeting
Mentor-mentee pair
Mentor-mentee pair

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Dec 14, 2020

The start of the empowerment in the villages

Early in 2020, we began the research and identification process for the women who live in the northern regions of Armenia. As the COVID 19 broke out, some of the work had slowed down, because of the travel restrictions, but after a couple of months of the pandemic, we, with the help of our volunteers started the activities on the empowerment project for northern Shirak.

During the months of June and July, we had the opportunity for traveling to the identified places, found the women who live alone and take care of their families only by themselves. We found out about their family history and background, what life challenges they deal with by living in the northern villages of Shirak, and how the situation can be improved for them.

Short training was held in Karnut village and for a family with 3 women, who live with their 4 young children. Later we started the study on their skills and found out about their authentic knowledge, which deals with ancient Armenian cuisine. This knowledge will later be used for the creation of the platform and it will be turned into a branded product, where these women will share their knowledge of ancient methods of cooking with a large number of people.

Karnut village is located relatively close to the administrative center Gyumri and is also famous for its rich historic cultural heritage. Later we will have a chance to link the village to Gyumri, thus influencing the area’s social-economic development.

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