UNICEF, Hayastan All Armenian Fund and the Armenian community in Argentina unite efforts to support Spitak

10 April 2019
Նատալյա Օրեյրոն և ՅՈՒՆԻՍԵֆ Հայաստանի ու Համահայկական հիմնադրամի ներկայացուցիչների հետ միասին:
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YEREVAN – Today UNICEF and Hayastan All Armenian Fund representatives met with a popular singer, actress, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Natalia Oreiro in the framework of her tour to Armenia, where parties discussed "United for Armenia" project and how they will support Spitak city in Armenia. The project in under way this year and was brought to life by UNICEF Argentina, UNICEF Armenia, Hayastan All Armenia Fund and the Armenian community in Argentina at the end of 2018.

“As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador I know that solidarity goes beyond borders. I am very happy that UNICEF Argentina and UNICEF Armenia have united together with the Hayastan Fund to support children who live in this beautiful country,” said Natalia Oreiro in the meeting. “I invite everyone to support United for Armenia Project!”

In November 2018, UNICEF country office in Argentina and Hayastan All-Armenian Fund signed a collaboration agreement to raise funds in Argentina with the objective to improve the health, education and protection of children and adolescents in Armenia. On December 7, 2018, the two partners held an inaugural gala dinner to benefit children and adolescents in Spitak city, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the earthquake. The gala was attended by the representatives of the Government of Argentina, private sector, Armenian community, and celebrities. Altogether 9,262,000 Argentine pesos were raised for Spitak.

In 2019, these funds will be directed to four programme areas. UNICEF is already building Spitak’s first inclusive playground for children and adolescents with and without disabilities and working to raise the quality of pediatric services in the city. A range of activities and training have commenced for adolescents on 21st century skills to better prepare them for the labor market. UNICEF also works with Spitak authorities and the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues to refurbish and develop the recently transformed child development center that offers rehabilitation and learning services to children with disabilities. The center will be supported to offer daycare services to every child in the community.

Media contacts

Zara Sargsyan
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Armenia
Tel: 37455232169
Tel: 37410580174

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Natalia Oreiro invite everyone to support United for Armenia Project

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