Due to the intense situation on the frontline, and the human rights and humanitarian disaster caused by the Azerbaijani aggression, Armenians all around the world have united to provide support to Artsakh and Armenia. We are also thinking about the future and how we can support the post-war recovery.
Considering current needs, we encourage you to serve with local humanitarian organizations during at least part of your time in Armenia.
Armenian Volunteer Corps continues to provide volunteering opportunities aimed at Armenia’s advancement (and Birthright Armenia does the same for Armenians 21-32) but our current priority is to be ready to contribute to the long-term recovery. It’s time to invest your skills in humanitarian organizations with our help.
Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee that our partner organizations noted below will necessarily have projects specifically relevant to your background and preferences. Additionally, our volunteers continuously engage in diverse short-term initiatives and projects aimed at supporting Artsakh, which might interest you as well.
So, for you to get a bigger picture, here are examples of humanitarian organizations, which might be of interest to you:
Armenian Red Cross Society
Currently, the Armenian Red Cross society focuses on providing psychological support to displaced people from Artsakh. This organization aims at reducing the vulnerability of the population through the mobilization of the power of humanity. It also prioritizes providing essential support by assisting people made vulnerable by harsh socioeconomic conditions.
Article 3 Club
For Article 3 Club, the protection of human rights is a priority. Currently, they are working on a long-term project to be implemented for displaced families. Article 3 aims at raising awareness and advocating human rights in Armenia.3 “The human being is the ultimate value in the Republic of Armenia. The dignity of a person is the inalienable basis of his/her fundamental human rights and freedoms.” #Article3, RA Constitution
KASA Espaces (Yerevan)
KASA Espaces strives to help children of displaced families by organizing different events for them. It supports young people adapt to a rapidly changing society through different training sessions, debates, round table discussions, etc., encourage young people’s involvement in the development of civil society in Armenia through different educational and cultural projects, as well as to provide lifelong learning opportunities in Armenia through various projects.
Society Without Violence NGO
Society Without Violence has focused all its efforts on providing psycho-social support to displaced families, particularly women and children. They aim to educate and empower girls and women, promote gender equality and raise the awareness of the public, advocate for women’s representation and participation in all levels of decision making and peacebuilding processes, contribute to the elimination of gender-based stereotypes, discrimination, and violence, and increase the responsibility and accountability of duty bearers to protect and fulfill women’s rights.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is supporting those families who escaped the war. They need help with sorting and delivering products to these families. In general, UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
Muratsan Hospital Complex Clinic
At this time Muratsan Hospital needs the support of volunteers with a medical background. Muratsan is a pediatric healthcare hospital, which also provides treatments to wounded and injured soldiers from the frontline on these days. If you have medical training and would want to support the medical staff of the hospital, the Complex may offer an opportunity for you to become a volunteer (upon necessity).
Can’t become a volunteer but want to help from afar? Check out our tips on how you can send your support to soldiers on the frontline from afar. Still have questions? Contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.