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December 9, 2014

December 5 was marked by the opening ceremonies of a sport hall in Tatul community and a computer center in Nerkin Bazmaberd community of Aragatsotn Marz. The honor of the project openings was given to Ms. Brigitte Audy, Secretary General, Group Corporate Philanthropy and Solidarity Director of the Orange Foundation, who arrived from Paris on a special occasion. Ms. Audy, together with F. Gelibter, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Armenia, and L. Martirosyan, Direcor of Orange Armenia Foundation, also visited Hartavan community, where "One village" project has recently been implemented.



Good harvest of high quality potatoes.  Speech of the US Ambassador Mrs. Yovanovich to the opening ceremony of the events hall of Aygedzor village.  A French Armenian volunteer bakes lavash in Yeghnajur  The performance of Aragats dance group  The regional representatives are in permanent contact with the communities  Consulting farmers on organic agriculture.  School's gym in Noyemberyan fully furnished with the financial help of Orange-Armenia.  Children involved in beekeeping  Solar heaters in kindergarten in Sevkar provided by UNDP.

A Major Rural Development Agency in Armenia



Vision
To become a reliable partner for vulnerable rural communities in their endeavour to create better life.

Mission Statement
Shen promotes social-economic development and empowerment of remote, vulnerable communities with active involvement of community members. Through transferring new knowledge and skills, promotion of employment, improvement of community infrastructures, strengthening CBOs, we strive to make those communities attractive for life and work.

Shen's mission is very appealing to Diaspora Armenians who aim to support their compatriots in Armenia to become well off and empowered to create their prosperity with their own hands. If you share this idea, join us - following in the footsteps of Yalkezian Foundation (www.yalkezian.com).

About us
The word "shen" means a well-to-do, a prosperous village in Armenian. It is our goal that all the villages of Armenia will become "shens" in the foreseen future.

Shen NGO was created in 1988, by a group of professors and students of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute to address some of the urgent humanitarian problems that faced people of Armenia. As time changed we made a shift from outreach projects to Integrated Community Development. Yet considering the potential vital role of Market Forces in income generation for rural popualtion we engage facilitative ladership dealing with market players alongside the value chain aiming at sustainable outcomes for our economic development projects (M4P projects).

The cornerstone of all Shen development projects is long-term sustainability which is our vision since the establishment for all the implemented activities in over 350 rural communities of Armenia. This has been accomplished with significant support of our sister NGO Shen France and the Armenian Diaspora. We would also like to acknowledge hereby our partner donors - World Council of Churches, Christian Aid (UK), IFAD, EED (Germany), ICCO (the Netherlands), Oxfam Novib (the Netherlands), EPER (Switzerland), KASA Foundation (Switzerland), UNDP, UNFPA, USDA, FAO, DFID, USAID, SDC (Switzerland).

In 2010, right after entering Armenian market, Orange Armenia, a subsidiary of France Telecom, started cooperation with Shen within the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Thus, long-lasting successful cooperation with the transparent and socially responsible multinational corporation is bringing tangible and sustainable outcomes in about 10 vulnerable communities of Armenia annually.


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