Enable 360 children with disabilities in Armenia.

by Bridge of Hope NGO for the protection of the rights of children and youth with disabilities
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Enable 360 children with disabilities in Armenia.
Enable 360 children with disabilities in Armenia.

Your giving is not for what the child will become tomorrow.. You know that the child is someone today!!

Highlights:

Staring from March 2020 up to date 12,579 USD is raised from 201 donors. The current progress report covers the period 01.01.2022-31.03.2022. Within this period 354.96 USD have been donated by our benevolent benefactors. On behalf of all its beneficiary children and their families, BOH expresses deep gratitude to all of our donors, who continue their contribution to the project aiming at helping 360 children with disabilities to improve their physical, intellectual and emotional skills, to raise their self-esteem and selfconfidence through multiple types of rehabilitation services and leisure.

Summary of progress:

During the reporting period 360 children with disabilities benefited from the services of BOH community-based centers in Dilijan, Ijevan and Berd and Noyemberyan cities of Tavush Marz. The services have covered an incredibly wide range of activities and approaches ranging from very rights-based and radical community initiatives, to rather narrow service delivery of certain aspects of rehabilitation.

Activities:

Life skills club for 105 children from 3-12 age group.

Art Therapy classes (drawing, sculpturing, music and singing) attended by 210 children.

Occupational therapy for 62 children.

Speech development – individual and group for 135 children.

Physical therapy for 140 children.

Outcomes:

360 children have developed their essential social skills helping them to succeed in learning and social interrelations: focus and self-control, perspective-taking, communication, making relations, critical thinking, taking on challenges, self-confidence, engaged learning. 310 children are successfully enrolled at inclusive secondary and VET schools. 50 kids enjoy their early childhood development at kindergartens.

Plan for next reporting period:

We will continue our services to children and our major efforts will be concentrated to the support to educational enhancement of our beneficiaries so to have smooth transition from kindergarten to primary school, from primary school to basic school and from basic school to high school or VET school.


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Highlights:

Staring from March 2020 up to date 12,189.82 USD is raised for the project. The current progress report covers the period 01.10.2021-31.12.2021. Within this period 1741.90 USD have been donated by our benevolent benefactors that makes around 3% of overall budget allocated to the project for this period. The report is a kind of a gratitude to all of our individual donors, who have had their valuable contribution into the collective efforts towards better quality of life for 360 children with disabilities through the services supporting their inclusion and participation at school and in their respective community.

Summary of progress:

Community based centers in Dilijan, Ijevan and Berd and Noyemberyan cities of Tavush Marz have become welcoming doorways for 360 children with disabilities enabling them to access education and community life. The services have covered an incredibly wide range of activities and approaches ranging from very rights-based and radical community initiatives, to rather narrow service delivery of certain aspects of rehabilitation.

Activities:

Life skills

Art Therapy – drawing, sculpturing, music and singing.

Occupational therapy

Speech development – individual and group.

Physical therapy.

Outcomes:

360 children have developed their essential social skills helping them to succeed in learning and social interrelations: focus and self-control, perspective-taking, communication, making relations, critical thinking, taking on challenges, self-confidence, engaged learning. 310 children are successfully enrolled at inclusive secondary and VET schools. 50 kids enjoy their early childhood development at kindergartens.

Success story:

The most important thing for me is the relationship with my peers and their friendship I enjoy. I learn a lot of things from my friends that you cannot find in any of textbooks. I live in the small village of Azatamut in Tavush Marz where I go to school and study at the 9th grade. Twice per week I visit the Bridge of Hope center in Ijevan where I get my services and spend really nice time with my peers, make new relationships with volunteers from Ijevan University. The mutual trust, respect and support of my friends have reinforced my confidence and already I do not speak of my dreams, but my goals and plans. I have decided to continue my education at the university and obtain full competencies of computer programming. I am grateful to Bridge of Hope and to all of donors who inspired me confidence and became the constructors of my life path towards dignified and independent leaving


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Progress Report

July - September, 2021

 

INCLUSIVE SUMMER CAMP “FUN AND FRIENDSHIP”

The 4 week day-care summer camp was organized in Dilijan, Ijevan, Berd and Noyemberyan cities for total 260 children with disabilities and 100 nondisabled children from 10-16 age group. The camp activities were carefully designed for fun and friendship and planned to encourage collaboration, improve confidence, self-esteem, and independence, and challenge societal and self-imposed limits through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, art therapy and recreation. The camp created a real community of friendship and fun that children will remember for a longer time. They learnt to express their thoughts and feelings and deal with their emotions such as fear of getting sick or fear of loneliness. The activities of painting, sculpting, and pottery helped the better interaction with each other, provided a new set of skills for selfexpression and communication.

 

BETTER START OF SCHOOLING YEAR

Our children started the new schooling year of 2021-2022 with improved self-esteem, confidence and hope. Already at the end of September, we received feedback from schools that the school attendance of children is improved considerably, they demonstrate better participation in learning activities and are not far behind other children as the last year.

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The current report covers the period 01.06.2020 – 01.06.2021. Up to date 9,926 USD is raised that makes about 10% of the total budget of the project - 91,800 USD. We are grateful to all of our 198 individual donors who brought real differences in the lives of 360 children with disabilities living in remote Tavush Province of Armenia.
The implementation of the project faced significant challenges during 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic and the armed conflict with Azerbaijan. However, we could overcome the challenging situation and didn’t let our children to feel isolated and forgotten. Bridge of Hope has worked hard to ensure that all of our beneficiaries are equally enrolled in the program and receive the needs based social, psychological and educational services.

EDUCATION


210 children with disabilities attend inclusive schools together with their peers. They all feel valued and accepted and enjoy the feeling of belongingness to the group.

 

ART THERAPY

105 children with disabilities from 5 to 13 years old attend the art club. They learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect. They learn to express their thoughts and feelings and deal with their emotions such as fear of getting sick or fear of loneliness. The activities of the club (painting, sculpting, and pottery) expand children's ability to interact withthe world around them, and provide a new set of skills for self-expression and communication and benefit their development.

 

NATURE CLUB, RECREATION AND LEISURE

75 children from 10 to 18 and 45 children from 3 to 6 years age groups are involved in Nature Club activities. Part of activities make also the play, recreation and leisure that contributed a lot to the development of autonomy, competence and social connections among children. The club also enhances connections between individual child and nature to foster their pro-environmental behavior.We continue our services and rely on the continuity support of our Donors. Please know that your support is vital to our children and we hope to receive your donations in the future as well.


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                                                 Progress Report 17 January, 2020

YOUR SUPPORT HAS OPENED THE DOORWAY FROM ISOLATION TO INCLUSION FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES                                                                                AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

The year of 2020 was full of disasters and deprivations for the whole population of Armenia due to COVID-19 and then devastating the war in autumn. Many of our beneficiaries experinced loss of relatives and mourning. With this situation our services became to be a real lifeline for them and their families. We have adapted our services so to approach the feeling of being excluded, forgotten and ignored by our children with disabilities. With the adaptive use of different arts, like drawing, painting, sculpting, sewing, collage-making, writing, music-playing, dancing, and acting children could express their thoughts and feelings and to deal with their strong emotions such as fear of getting sick, fear of losing contact, and loneliness. The project, with the support of our donors, become a real lifeline for our children and their families. Our services did everything to make sure that the children did not suddenly feel forgotten and neglected.

Thanks to our 156 kind-hearted donors, by the end of 2020 8638 USD was raised contributing in social rehabilitation and inclusion of 360 children with disabilities living in Tavush Marz.


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Project Leader:
Susanna Tadevosyan
Yerevan, Armenia
$12,550 raised of $91,800 goal
 
228 donations
$79,250 to go
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