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Armenia

Since September 19, 2023, more than 100,000 people who were forced to leave Nagorno-Karabakh have arrived in Armenia. In addition, Armenia continues to host more than 30,000 people who fled Nagorno-Karabakh after the 2020 conflict, as well as nearly 4,000 people in need of protection from other countries. We offer cash-based assistance in Armenia.
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Programmes currently active in this country

Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Programme

The programme increases the self-sufficiency of people affected by crises by supporting them in starting or expanding their businesses and/or effectively entering the labour market.

Humanitarian Assistance Programme

The programme provides timely, effective and need-based assistance to people who have had to leave their homes or have been otherwise affected by armed conflicts or natural disasters.

We officially registered an office in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 3, 2023. The office was opened by Estonian Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Paruyr Hovhannisyan and Estonian Refugee Council's director Eero Janson.

Background

As of September 19, 2023, more than 101,800 people who left Nagorno-Karabakh have reached Armenia. In addition, Armenia continues to host more than 30,000 people who fled Nagorno-Karabakh after the 2020 conflict, as well as nearly 4,000 people in need of protection from other countries. As Estonian Refugee Aid, we offer cash-based aid in Armenia. The amount of cash-based support per person is 50,000 AMD (approx. 114 EUR) per month.

How we help?

We started providing humanitarian aid in the northern part of Armenia, in the regions of Lori and Shirak, where 200 elderly refugees receive multipurpose cash-based aid in the amount of 50,000 AMD (about 115 EUR) per person per month with the support of the Estonian state. In 2024, activities supporting long-term survival are planned, including subsidies for starting agriculture and small businesses. The provision of humanitarian aid on the ground is organized by our own team in cooperation with local organizations.

Why cash-based aid?

Multipurpose cash-based assistance allows those in need to decide what they need most critically at the moment. It is usually used to pay for food, drinking water, medicine, hygiene products and housing. The rate of cash-based aid is agreed upon in cooperation with other humanitarian organizations operating in the region. Activities that support long-term livelihoods, such as support for starting agricultural and commercial activities, help people who have settled in a new residence to achieve independent livelihoods for their households faster. Eesti Pagulasab has previous experience in implementing similar aid programs in Ukraine and Georgia, among others.

How can you support?

Donation campaign "For Armenia!" is looking for donations to support the most vulnerable people. We are grateful to everyone who can support the relief of the humanitarian situation in Armenia.

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