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30 March 2015

On February 27 the opening ceremony of community kindergarten took place in Bazum village of Lori Marz.
Community Centre building that also accommodates the kindergarten is built at the expense of the state budget with active participation of community members.

Shen partially furnished the kindergarten with financial support of BfW. The Marz governor, Shen NGO representatives and guests as well as community members attended the opening ceremony.

Organic orchard in Dprabak gathered young people of 6 neighboring communities.  Opening ceremony of kindergarten in Pambak.  N2 School's repaired sport hall in Noyemberyan.  Shen supports the community to get rid of stones on the reserve land, after which it will be privatized to the villagers  Newspapers delivered to this faraway village are the only source of information for the local population.  Morning flag set ceremony at Yegnajur camp  Children first evaluate the works done.  The renovated medical aid post of Nerkin Bazmaberd  Farmers in Ayrum get their property titles for the lands on which peach orchards have been planted with the support of Shen

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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