MISSION ARMENIA NGO
In 1988 a group of volunteers united to help the
victims/refugees of the disastrous earthquake and war. Within more than 20 years
the spontaneous humanitarian activities have grown into a powerful
non-governmental structure, which due to its experience and knowledge has gained
a special place in the social support sphere of Armenia.
In the hardest times for Armenia, Mission Armenia created, implemented and
developed a comprehensive system for providing community-based social-healthcare
services, which up to now have no parallels in either state or public sectors.
This system enabled the elderly, the disabled, refugees, temporary asylum
holders and other vulnerable groups to access a variety of social and healthcare
services in their homes and communities according to their personal needs and
Today, Mission Armenia has founded about 50 infrastructures that provide a
comprehensive set of community-based services to over 8,000 beneficiaries in 22
cities/towns in 8 regions in the Republic of Armenia (RA).
The services are provided through the community-based social-healthcare model
developed by Mission Armenia, which has traditional social work at its base.
From 2007 to 2010 the model was licensed by the international ISO 9001-2000
Quality and Administrative Management System, as well as in 2008 RA Ministry of
Labor and Social Affairs granted license to Mission Armenia for social service
Having adopted a systematized approach of assisting the vulnerable groups the
organization not only provides services to beneficiaries but also strives to
contribute to the overall improvement of social policies and the development of
Mission Armenia's community-based model has found wide recognition not only in
Armenia but also in the whole Caucasus region, having been introduced in
Georgia, Azerbaijan and Dagestan.
A high estimation of the Mission Armenia activities can be considered its
accreditation to the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, April 2002,
where all the UN member states were gathered to approve International Action
Plan on Ageing and Political Declaration with the motto “Society for All Ages”.
Again in 2002, in Berlin, at the Ministerial Conference on Ageing held for 55
European Countries, where European Regional Strategy was to be approved, Mission
Armenia was unanimously selected as a keynote speaker by the NGOs of the
participant countries to present the comments and suggestions made by NGOs on
Mission Armenia is also:
• Founder of International Union of Black Sea NGOs comprised of 50 NGOs from 12
states of the Black Sea region, the secretariat of which is permanently based in
Armenia and is headed by the Mission Armenia NGO.
• Founder/member of different local, regional and international networks
dedicated to poverty reduction and social reforms for the elderly, disabled and
Mission Armenia Funding
Mission Armenia realizes its activities collaborating with the Government of
Armenia, local self-governing bodies, USAID, UNHCR, a number of other
international organizations as well as the Mission Armenia branches in Australia
and the United States.
Since 2007 a portion of funding necessary for the realization of Mission Armenia
activities has been provided by the Armenian Government's Medium-Term
Expenditures program as well as by local self-governing bodies through
• To ensure conditions necessary for vulnerable people to live an independent
and fulfilling life without segregating them from their familiar environment and
• To address their multifaceted social and health needs through community-based
services (health, care, food, social assistance, consulting, household repair
• Promote the formation and operations of self-help groups among the
elderly/vulnerable and initiate public awareness and advocacy campaigns;
• Help vulnerable locals and refugees to escape their status as passive
recipients of humanitarian aid and the hopelessness of such a situation;
• Ensure different income-gaining opportunities for them and provide the means
for competitive participation in the current conditions of market economy
(vocational training, consulting, interest-free micro loans, temporary
employment opportunities, etc);
• Lobby for national strategies and legislative frameworks to tackle core issues
• Always consider the preferences of the beneficiaries regarding the provision
of services and prioritize those activities that are considered most important
and beneficial for them.