Emergency Response for Syrian Armenian families
As a result of the civil war in Syria, more than 22 000 ethnic Armenians repatriated to their historical motherland. Many of them were in a crisis situation with no shelter, no means of subsistence and being in a difficult psychological state. With the purpose of solving these problems SOS Children’s Villages Armenian Charity Foundation initiated an emergency response program, the implementation of which started in November 2014 and ended at the end of July 2018. Intensive support was provided to 150 families and 300 children was provided within the frameworks of the program.
The program consisted of five basic components, which were elaborated on the basis of the most crucial needs of the repatriated families.
The program components were:
- Material assistance: food packages, hygienic items, seasonal clothes;
- Housing assistance: rent of apartments, covering the utility fees, renovation of apartments;
- Healthcare assistance: provision of medicine and medical aid;
- Psychological assistance: individual and group therapy and consultation, self-support groups;
- Economic stability assistance: short-term professional courses, provision of working tools and equipment.