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Child Care Programs in Armenia
Directly after the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988, the AMAA initiated and supported various relief programs in Armenia, providing basic necessities of normal life to people, including orphans and needy children.
The AMAA continues to operate and support a number of orphan and child care programs in Armenia, such as:
1. An Orphan/Child Care Sponsorship Program through which the AMAA reaches out to over 2800 destitute and marginalized orphans and children of Armenia and Karabagh. Through regular year-round home visits by AMAA's local relief workers, the sponsored children and their families are supplied with necessary provisions, such as foodstuffs, clothing, personal hygiene items and school supplies. Children are matched with sponsors who receive the photographs of the children, with information about their circumstances and their families. The sponsorship of a child in Armenia is $250 per year.
2. AMAA operates a school and several kindergartens both in Armenia and Karabagh, such as the Khoren and Shoushanig Avedisian School in Yerevan, a Kindergarten in Talin, Armenia, a Kindergarten in Gumri, the Baghdikian Kindergarten in Stepanakert, Karabagh, the Bilezikian Kindergarten in Shoushi, Karabagh, the Janbazian Kindergarten in Martakert, Karabagh, a Kindergarten in Askeran, Kharabagh, and a Kindergarten in Hadrut, Karabagh. Hundreds of children, including orphans, receive high quality education, nutritious meals and loving care in the clean and comfortable atmosphere of these AMAA-owned childcare institutions.
3. The AMAA also supports several nurseries and kindergartens in Armenia and Karabagh. The AMAA provides many other kindergartens and nurseries with food, powdered milk, fuel and hygienic supplies. The AMAA also provides for the urgent repair work on the physical facilities of these institutions.
4. The Armenian Children's Milk Fund (ACMF) is yet another AMAA affiliated child care ministry. The ACMF was created in 1989 to fill one specific, vital nutritional need-to provide baby formula to infants in Armenia who are orphaned or ill, or whose mothers are unable to breastfeed and whose families are unable to purchase formula. It provides a sustaining nutritional program to 600 babies annually in several cities in Armenia.
5. Summer Camps in Armenia, Karabagh, and Georgia. These camps are organized and operated by the AMAA. This is a very important child-care ministry, which offers underprivileged and undernourished children the opportunity to spend 7 days in a supervised camp environment. During their stay, the children participate in sports and arts and crafts activities. They associate with other children in their age group, and enjoy nutritious meals and snacks, a comfortable bed and fresh air. They also learn about their Christian heritage and about Jesus Christ. The camp doctor also gives a physical exam to each child. The camps provide a welcome change from the hardships and privations that these children endure throughout the rest of the year. More than 10,000 children participate in AMAA's Day and Day/Night camps.
In addition to the above-mentioned projects, the AMAA provides support to several orphanages, day care centers and schools.