Home : Community Development : Income Generation : Environmental : M4P Projects : Completed Projects : Call for Support : Publications : Reports : Join us   




Latest News



18 July 2014

July 16 of 2014 marked the opening ceremony of a computer center in Zorakan community of Tavush region. General Director of Orange Armenia F. Gelibter, Director of Orange Armenia Foundation L. Martirosyan as well as representatives of Shen NGO were present at the ceremony.
The community members, particularly the young people, expressed their gratitude with regard to the implementation of the project. The provided broadband Internet connection will enable the residents to communicate with the outside world.

Speech of the US Ambassador Mrs. Yovanovich to the opening ceremony of the events hall of Aygedzor village.  First introduction to superfast Internet  Newspapers delivered to this faraway village are the only source of information for the local population.  30 women now earn money from their handwork - embroidered textile in one of the most disenfranchised areas of Armenia - Chambarak.  High-speed internet in Aragats village  Solar heaters in kindergarten in Sevkar provided by UNDP.  Official opening ceremony of the community center of Norakert  We help a farmer from Sisian to sell his asparagus to the restaurants of the Mariott hotels.  Friendly football match between Orange and Shen/Marmachene teams

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.


.........................................................................
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 Shen Non-Governmental Organization