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Improving Livelihoods of the Poor and Needy People of Armenia

“Strengthening the Livelihoods and Voice of the Poor and Vulnerable Persons in Armenia” grant project was launched in 2013 and funded by the Japanese Social Development Foundation through the World Bank and with the support of the Government of RA was.

The project aims to provide sustainable livelihood and employment opportunities as well as vitally important social and healthcare services for the disabled and poor people in Yerevan and five regions (Kotayk, Ararat, Lori, Gegharkunik and Shirak) in Armenia.

The project is comprised of three components:

Component 1 – Vocational Training and Self-Employment: Delivery of vocational and on-the-job training to the extremely poor and vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities, as well as provision of technical and financial support to help them to find employment and/or start micro business/income generating activities.

Component 2 – Social and Health Services: Operation of community-based social and healthcare services for the extremely poor and vulnerable, including home-bound and disabled people.

Component 3 – Access to information and advocacy educations: Establishment of Disability Resource Centers, improvement of environmental and communication accessibility for persons with disabilities, as well as empowerment of the beneficiaries with self-advocacy skills to independently enforce their rights and privileges.