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16 April 2014

The beneficiaries of the training on Armenian national knit slippers, which was implemented in 2012 in Getik community of Gegharkunik Region under the auspices of a Viennese architect Heike Elizabeth Barth, are already able to organize the production and sale of their products in a coordinated way. Nune Mirzoyan from the village of Martuni submitted a project on the organization of a similiar training to Caritas organization which was carried out in April of this year.

Mastering the skills of monochrome hand-knitting enabled the participants of the knitting club to organize a beautiful exhibition in Chambarak on April 15. The exhibition was attended by representatives of Caritas and other non-governmental organizations and community members. Henceforth, 12 more women in Chambarak will have employment.

The head of the Gegharkunik diocese and Yalkezian Foundation's representatives on the opening ceremony of drinking water pipeline.  40-hectares of organic apricot orchard  Representatives of KASA Foundation Switzerland visit a dental cabinet they donated  Children in the community center of Avazan  Dental equipment donated by Shen-France  Business plan development training  Good harvest of high quality potatoes.  A solar dryer  We help a farmer from Sisian to sell his asparagus to the restaurants of the Mariott hotels.

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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