Experience of community work in armenia, k baghdasaryan and g markosyan, georgia conference april 2013
Karine BaghdasaryanKarine BaghdasaryanGohar MarkosyanGohar MarkosyanTbilisi, April 5, 2013Tbilisi, April 5, 2013ArmeniaArmeniaInter-Church CharitableInter-Church CharitableRound Table FoundationRound Table Foundation&&Women for Development NGOWomen for Development NGOExperienceExperienceofof Community WorkCommunity Workin Armeniain Armenia
Main experienceMain experienceAliceAlice““If you don’t know where you’re going,If you don’t know where you’re going,any road will get you there”.any road will get you there”.Community workersCommunity workers““If you know where you’re going, manyIf you know where you’re going, manyroads can get you there”.roads can get you there”.
By whom?By whom?Community groups, NGOs, localCommunity groups, NGOs, localinstitutions and Church structures.institutions and Church structures.Recognition and respect for Churches asRecognition and respect for Churches asone of the key actors in change is aone of the key actors in change is apriority for the ART ICD.priority for the ART ICD.
How?How?Through promotion ofThrough promotion ofsocial/community developmentsocial/community developmentcenterscentersCapacity development (CD) of grassCapacity development (CD) of grassroot groupsroot groups
Working principlesWorking principlesPartnershipPartnershipCost sharingCost sharingCycling of interventionCycling of interventionMaintaining relations after phasing outMaintaining relations after phasing outLearning and reflecting on experienceLearning and reflecting on experience
ART ICD: social improvementART ICD: social improvementSocial needs, as well as an inventory of local resourcesSocial needs, as well as an inventory of local resourcesare identifiedare identified by the communityby the community. On the basis of it. On the basis of itprojects are identified and implementedprojects are identified and implementedSocial projects could be summarized as follows:Social projects could be summarized as follows:infrastructural improvement (repair/establishment ofinfrastructural improvement (repair/establishment ofcommunal and social centres, rehabilitation of watercommunal and social centres, rehabilitation of waterpipelines, repair of schools, kindergartens, healthpipelines, repair of schools, kindergartens, healthposts, etc)posts, etc)cultural activities (art groups,cultural activities (art groups, study groups,study groups,excursions, celebrations, etc)excursions, celebrations, etc)civic education,civic education, CD for local people in variousCD for local people in variousaspects of development (communal activists areaspects of development (communal activists areidentified, community strategy plans developed…).identified, community strategy plans developed…).
ART ICD: economic improvementART ICD: economic improvementVocational trainingVocational trainingEncouraging income generating activitiesEncouraging income generating activities(sales, paid services, etc)(sales, paid services, etc)Diversification of donor base (selfDiversification of donor base (selfgovernance bodies and authorities, localgovernance bodies and authorities, localbusiness)business)Social EnterprisesSocial Enterprises
ART ICD: environmental protectionART ICD: environmental protection..Awareness raising in nature protectionAwareness raising in nature protectionPractical work: tree planting, waste cleaning,Practical work: tree planting, waste cleaning,utilization of solar energy.utilization of solar energy.Environmental puppet shows, exhibitions, etcEnvironmental puppet shows, exhibitions, etc
““Sustainable Development ofSustainable Development ofCommunities” FoundationCommunities” FoundationEstablished in the frames “Empowerment of SixCommunities” project in Dprabakvillage,Gegharkunikprovince in 2010. Unites people of sixcommunities, led Board of Trustees, assignsdirector.
ChallengesChallengesFoundation vs. NGOFoundation vs. NGORegistrationRegistrationFinance, including reportingFinance, including reportingExperience in project development andExperience in project development andimplementationimplementationLimited resourcesLimited resourcesContactsContactsTrust, etc, etc, etcTrust, etc, etc, etc
““Community Mobilization throughCommunity Mobilization throughIncreasing Participation, HealthyIncreasing Participation, HealthyLifestyle and Peace Education inLifestyle and Peace Education inArmenia” by WFD NGOArmenia” by WFD NGOGoal: To contribute to the processes ofGoal: To contribute to the processes ofraising community issues requiringraising community issues requiringmobilization efforts and increasingmobilization efforts and increasingcommunity members’ participation incommunity members’ participation inresolving these issues through promotingresolving these issues through promotingthe ideas of healthy lifestyle and creationthe ideas of healthy lifestyle and creationof the culture of peace in schools andof the culture of peace in schools andcommunitiescommunities
Achievments(1)Achievments(1)Community centers are established in 8Community centers are established in 8beneficiary communities of the projectbeneficiary communities of the projectCommunity centers have responsibleCommunity centers have responsibleofficers, as well as volunteersofficers, as well as volunteersThe level of community participation inThe level of community participation inorganising events has increased. In totalorganising events has increased. In totalabout 3000 people/women, men, youngabout 3000 people/women, men, youngwomen, high school pupils and memberswomen, high school pupils and membersof local administration bodies haveof local administration bodies haveparticipated in community eventsparticipated in community events
Achievments(2)Achievments(2)The Community development strategicThe Community development strategicplans for the next 2-3 years have alreadyplans for the next 2-3 years have alreadybeen developed and presented inbeen developed and presented incommunities’ general meetingscommunities’ general meetingsCommunity centers recognized at leastCommunity centers recognized at least16 problems and solved at least 8 of16 problems and solved at least 8 ofthem.them.
ActivitiesActivitiesActivities: organized by the WFD andActivities: organized by the WFD andinitiated by the beneficiariesinitiated by the beneficiariesmeetings on health care issues: healthymeetings on health care issues: healthylifestyle, reproductive health and familylifestyle, reproductive health and familyplanning, sexual maturity, STIs andplanning, sexual maturity, STIs andHIV/AIDS by psychologists and genderHIV/AIDS by psychologists and genderspecialistsspecialistsecological / agricultural and conflictecological / agricultural and conflictmanagement issues and etcmanagement issues and etc..
LessonsLessonsLearnt/Challenges (1)Learnt/Challenges (1)Ensure CD to build sustainable servicesEnsure CD to build sustainable servicesand capacity at the grassroots level.and capacity at the grassroots level.Encourage self-managed projects.Encourage self-managed projects. On-jobOn-jobtraining.training.Wide-ranging support from other keyWide-ranging support from other keypartners (government, UN, partner NGOs,partners (government, UN, partner NGOs,other grass root groups, etc.) is needed, asother grass root groups, etc.) is needed, ascommunities have a high level of unmetcommunities have a high level of unmetneeds.needs.
LessonsLessonsLearnt/Challenges (2)Learnt/Challenges (2)use of new technologies in rural areasuse of new technologies in rural areasinclusion of spiritual dimension intoinclusion of spiritual dimension intocommunity workcommunity worktrue ownership over the process of changestrue ownership over the process of changescapacities to sustain and manage newcapacities to sustain and manage newinfrastructure (communal/social centre,infrastructure (communal/social centre,computer room, water pipeline, socialcomputer room, water pipeline, socialenterprise, etc)enterprise, etc)
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