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Family disaster preparedness plan
Throughout human history, disasters of various kinds have been consistent companions. Our country faces a wide range of potential emergencies. While disasters may strike suddenly, their catastrophic consequences can be alleviated through proper knowledge, planning, implementing protective measures, risk reduction strategies, and preparedness…
Emergencies and children
Anyone can find themselves vulnerable in the face of emergencies. However, the emotional responses to negative influencing factors vary significantly from person to person. When individuals encounter an emergency, some may become entirely overwhelmed, experiencing feelings of helplessness and even confusion. Conversely, others may grapple with…
How prepared is your family for disasters?
Engage in discussions with your family members regarding how to prepare for and respond to emergencies specific to your area. Clearly define roles for each family member and establish a designated meeting place. A family emergency preparedness plan allows every individual to evaluate their level of preparedness for emergencies. Here's how to use…
Voices of resilience: Refugee testimonials
In late September, more than 100,000 people fled to Armenia following an escalation of hostilities in their home communities. Children make up over one third of these refugees who are now trying to rebuild their lives in Armenia. UNICEF has talked to children and their families about the hardships they lived through, the challenges they are facing…
Stories of refugee children arriving in Armenia
In times without peace, it is children who bear the heaviest burden. This rings true for the 30,000 children who fled their homes after the escalation of hostilities in their home communities. Within a weekend, they had left behind everything they had ever known. Now, living as refugees in Armenia, they face the challenge of rebuilding their…
Children taking refuge in Armenia require ongoing psychological support
“The 12-year-old boy arrived in Kapan with his grandfather and mother. They had a relative in the area where they could stay. We talked with the child while his mother was busy with the registration paperwork. He eagerly shared stories about his friends, but there was a moment of sadness when he mentioned not knowing their whereabouts. It became…
Armenia Humanitarian Situation Report
Situation reports are the main reporting tool to monitor UNICEF’s humanitarian response. They provide an update on the situation and needs of children in a country or region, as well as information on UNICEF’s response and funding requirements.
How to provide psychological first aid.
When providing psychological first aid (PFA), you should keep in mind three action principles: look, listen, link. LOOK It is necessary to first assess dangers, as well as safety and security risks, and then obtain information about the event that is taking/took place and about those in need of assistance, their physical injuries, primary and…
What can a parent do to help their child?
Surround the child with unconditional love, attention, and care. Try and set a daily routine for the child. A child's sense of stability, confidence in the world, and uncertainty often falter in emergencies. To provide the child with a sense of relative stability, parents should try to maintain a normal daily routine (e.g., sleep, food, study,…
Tips for parents and caregivers: How to interact with children
Parents and caregivers can find themselves in difficult situations, especially in times of crisis. It is difficult for a guardian to care for children when they are in distress themselves. Psychological first aid for children also includes helping parents and caregivers to better perform their responsibilities and support their children. Here are…, NEWBORNS, • Create a warm and safe environment. • Wrap up and cradle the child. • Maintain a regular sleeping and eating schedule for the child, as much as possible. • Speak calmly and gently. • Keep the child away from loud noises and chaotic situations., INFANTS, • Dedicate time and pay attention to the child. • Maintain a regular sleeping and eating schedule for the child, as much as possible. • Explain that they are not to blame. • If possible, create an environment where children can play and relax. • Give simple answers about what has happened. Do not provide details that may frighten the child. • If…, TEENS AND ADOLESCENTS, • Dedicate time and pay attention to them. • Help maintain a normal routine. • Provide facts about what happened and what is happening. • Do not expect them to be resilient; they should be free to feel their emotions. • Listen to them without criticizing. • Set clear rules and outline expectations. • Ask about the dangers they have encountered,…
Abovyan Child Support Center reopens, paving the way for new opportunities
Have you ever heard the sound of the Armenian dhol? Have you ever felt the power and energy of this traditional musical instrument? Guest and dignitaries were treated to a special performance by the talented students of Abovyan Child Support Center on February 16, 2022, at the official opening of the center’s renovated and refurbished rooms. The…
The Government of Japan and UNICEF Support Abovyan Community to Reopen the Child Support Center with New Resources and Capacity
YEREVAN, 22 February 2022 – The Ambassador of Japan to Armenia, Mr Fukushima Masanori and UNICEF Representative in Armenia, Christine Weigand visited Abovyan, marking one year of cooperation for the most vulnerable children in Kotayk, Armavir, Ararat, Vayots Dzor and Syunik. “On behalf of the Government of Japan, it is a great honor and pleasure…