There are two orphanages in Gyumri. One that is well supported is for
children with severe difficulties. It is operated by the Government of
Armenia through the Ministry of Social Services. There are several
international non-profit organizations that provide support for this
Until 2000 orphans who were in relatively good health were normally sent
to Yerevan orphanage (capital city of Armenia). In 2000 a brother and his
sister from Gyumri were orphans and they wanted to stay in their hometown,
close to their relatives and friends. This was the beginning of the
orphanage HOPE in Gyumri, supported by and large by the City Hall of
Gyumri. The latter pays the staff salaries, utilities, childrenís food,
Children at the orphanage attend a public school nearby. When the children
return home, they must have a meeting with either the school homework
teachers or the deputy director who is in charge of children's education.
In the picture are two homework teachers (on the right) and the Deputy
Director of the orphanage.
Lately Armenian Caritas, a non-profit organization, constructed a green
house for the orphanage, which will provide the children and staff with
fresh vegetables and fruits all year round. The construction of his green
house was just finished at the end of September.
Caroline Najaryan, a philanthropist from the US, paid for remodeling and
furnishing three rooms into training workshops for the children; Hope has
already hired two of the three specialists that will teach the children
some skills in sewing, electronic equipment repair, and shoemaking
The orphanage hosts homeless children, orphans who lack moral and
financial support given the overall social and economic crisis in the
Ruben Markosyan is the head of "HOPE". His focus is on physical fitness,
employable skills and is concerned about where the children will go after
they are no longer permitted to stay in the orphanage.
The sports area and the gymnasium are used by the children.
The orphanage has two groups of children. There are fifty-eight preschool
children at the age of 3-6 plus a larger group of school aged children
living in the two-floor building.
There is a big dining room where children eat 4 times a day; classroom for
the students who do their classes with the help of two hired teachers;
residential area; and the psychologistís room. In addition, there are
other groups for children designed for sports, modern and national
dancing, art, etc.
The staff Childrenís home consists of 44 members.
Hen house which will cost $500
A cow house which a local organization has promised to build for them
Plant vegetables on the urban area (4 hectare) given by City Hall (They
need seeds for the greenhouse and the land).