After the beginning of the Syrian crisis, many Syrian-Armenian families had to leave their houses and flee to Armenia. As a response to this humanitarian crisis, SOS Children's Villages Armenian Charity Foundation launched its Emergency Relief Program in 2013 to support refugees in alleviating their sufferings, overcoming war trauma and integrating into Armenian society.
The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Armenia sharply deteriorated the socio-economic situation of the population. Many have lost their jobs, faced different problems in the field of health care, education, as well as in the socio-economic area. To support families with minor children in overcoming consequences of the pandemic, the Foundation launched the COVID-19 Response projects in Yerevan city, Kotayk and Tavush regions. For one year, approximately 400 families with minor children received food, prevention items, equipment for distance learning, diapers and hygiene items, as well as agricultural tools and seeds (in Ijevan).