28 August, 2015
Armenian Medical Union of France (UMAF) organized and implemented "Eye-glasses for Armenia" project. This time it was carried out in Noemberyan sub-region. The doctors held double check-ups of initially diagnosed 351 children, for 260 of them eye-glasses were made and provided to them on the site. The project did not pass by the adults, 2100 of which were also provided with eye-glasses.
18 August, 2015
After commissioning Shaghat community main irrigation pipeline a large group of local farmers initiated establishing a marketing cooperative. Within the scope of Yalkezian Foundation project the experts of Shen NGO facilitated a public discussion of possible sectors that may increase the local households' incomes as well as the development issues of newly established Shaghat Cooperative.
15 July, 2015
With the financial assitance of Yalkezian Foundation a 17 km (at 40 litre per second capacity) main irrigation pipline of Shaghat community, Syunik Marz, is renovated. Thus 21 ha of potato and 8 ha perennial grass plots became irrigated. Today the local farmers aleady cultivate potato and perennial grasses on 14.5 ha and 4 ha areas respectively. The essential part of the project has been carried out with active participation of the community in the overhaul works.
A Major Rural Development Agency in Armenia
To become a reliable partner for vulnerable rural communities in their endeavour to create better life.
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).
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.