Global Giving Progress Report – August 2015
The Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) Center Dental Clinic for Orphans and Gyumri Community at Large
Cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease among children in Armenia. Almost 90% of all 12-year-old children in Armenia have cavities, and only 20% of Armenian 18-year-olds still have all of their teeth.
In June of 2015, SOAR initiated an application to enter the Global Giving June challenge and became a permanent partner, raising approximately $6,000 through Global Giving Dental Care campaign to support the construction of a dental clinic at the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) Center in Gyumri, Armenia. Since then, SOAR has been upgraded from partner to leader status by Global Giving.
The OLA Center is a private orphanage in Gyumri, Armenia, housing approximately 45 girls between the ages of 6 and 18. The Center is operated by the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order of nuns established in 1847. The Superior of the Center is Sister Arousiag Sajonian. "For nearly 25 years Gyumri has been burdened by an insufficient investment in dental care. Today, with the help of a joint effort by the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), and Global Giving, we can soon offer sustained dental services to the most vulnerable citizens of Gyumri: orphaned children, senior citizens, and the poor," says Sister Arousiag.
SOAR is taking a comprehensive approach for the construction and maintenance of the Dental Clinic in Gyumri by:
3. Forming an advisory group of dentists and dental professionals to oversee the project and advise the personnel
at OLA. They will coordinate all volunteer professionals traveling to man the clinic.
4. Establishing a timeline for project completion:
5. Executing a contract for construction (see attached).
Attachments: Informational flyer for donors and SOAR supporters
Photos of the future clinic site
Photos of children
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