“Agate” is a Non Governmental Organization, which
was founded in
The members of NGO are 16-40 years old 50 young persons with disabilities from Shirak region. During last 4 years we have successfully implemented different projects and now our organization is well known not only in our county but also among other international organizations.
The mission of the NGO is to improve the quality of life of girls and women with disabilities , protect their human rights through social-psychological integration.
1. To promote the social integration of girls and women with disabilities in Shirak Region and encourage them to live independent lives.
2. To promote the creation of employment opportunities for girls and women with special needs in Shirak Region.
3. To promote advocacy of people with disabilities by improvement of RA Legislation.
4. To promote the change of public attitude towards persons with disabilities.
5. To promote capacity development of "Agate" NGO.
6. To promote the development of active cooperation among state structures and non governmental organizations engaged in the issues of persons with disabilities .
"Young Women's Network: Razing our voices in
7th -13th of June 2008
The president and two members of “Agate” NGO took part in the project in
23-27 August 2008
The president of NGO took part in
21st World Congress of Rehabilitation International in
Our organization have implemented different programs to inquire about the Convention.
“All are able”
November 2008-June 2009
The project was implemented by the financial assistance of Mama Cash foundation. The goal of the project was to improve the quality of life of 16-40 years old girls and women with disabilities, protect their human rights through social-psychological integration, to motivate and encourage them to be optimistic, active and demanding and fight for better life and change the attitude of community towards them.
The following trainings were organized for young girls and women during this project:
· Basic English lessons
· Leadership trainings (policy and legislation, project planning and proposal writing, fundraising success stories and strategies, healthcare, parenting, prevention of domestic violence, self-defence, family planning, HIV/AIDS, work with mass media)
“Nothing about us without us"
“Agate” NGO published the Armenian version of “Convention On The Rights of People With Disabilities” (CRPD). The booklets were distributed to organizations dialing with disability issue, to beneficiaries and other community members. The NGO developed the strategy plane for 2010-2015. As a result of round-table discussions a package of proposals were carried out and was represented to the national committee dealing with disability issue, in order to realize them. The NGO prepared its Website. We stabled a network of state and non-state agencies dealing with disability issues in Gyumri. Our NGO coordinates the activities of the network.
We also cooperate with the referent of NGOs of the municipality, who links us with the mayor to realize our recommendations regarding making the city accessible for people with disabilities.
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“Women with disabilities are future leaders”
2009 October-2010 March
“Women with disabilities are
future leaders” project was implemented
by the financial assistance of “Abilis” foundation in
“All Are Able 2”
2010 April –November
“All are able ” project was
implemented by the financial assistance
of “Open Society Institute Assistance foundation – Armenian
Branch”. The duration of the project was
One of the initiatives of “Agate” NGO was to raise awareness of society on UN CRPD in Shirak marz. We organized round table-discussions with the participation of representatives of village hall, people with disabilities and community members in 5 regions of Shirak marz (Ani, Akhuryan, Artik, Ashotcq and Amasia). The beneficiaries of this project were women and girls with disabilities from above mentioned regions and Gyumri city.
“Agate” NGO implemented leadership, computer, basic English language lessons, cooking and designing cakes and pastries, designing tables and delicacies , sign language, computer, handwork and beading, hairdressing and make up trainings.
During this project “Agate” NGO collaborated with “Dialogue” center in
“Agate” NGO organized
different cultural events, presentations of films and excretions to sightseeing
“One Step forward”
The goal of the project was to stimulate the integration of deaf and hard of hearing persons in society and was financed by A.D. Sakharov Armenian Human Rights Centre. Within the framework of the project the first Armenian sign language electronic dictionary was prepared which includes 250 Armenian signs. It is perfect self –training DVD for the target group and for their family members. The dictionary made the communication between hearing persons and the deaf ones more accessible.
“All Are Equal”
The goal of the project is to raise the awareness about rights of persons with disabilities living in Shirak region within organizations dialing with disability issue and other interested organizations. A social advertisement were shown on local television, which informed about the “Convention On The Rights of People With Disabilities”.
A round table was organized with the participation of committee for the issues of people with disabilities of municipality and other organizations dealing with disability issue.
On the 3ed of December – the international day of persons with disabilities, marches were organized in Ararat, Gegharkunik, Shirak and Lory regions. The march in Shirak region were organized by “Agate” NGO. Persons with disabilities, students and other interested persons and organizations were present at this march. One of the goals of the project was integration. At the end of the march a balloon with wishes was send to the sky with the hope that some day all the dreams will come true.
“Education for everyone"
2011 - The centre implemented “Education for everyone” project for the future
pedagogues in five higher educational
institutions of Gyumri by the financial assistance of “Bridge of hope” NGO from
April to December, 2011.The aim of the project is to give information to
students about inclusive education and problems of disabled youth.The
participants of that seminars were pedagogues, students, youth with
disabilities. They said it is important to involve deaf and hard of hearing
children in public schools, as there is only one school for deaf in
“I can be in the first rows”
June 1-August 31 2011
“Agate” centre implemented “I can be in the first rows” project within the framework of A.D. Sakharov Armenian Human Rights Centre “Civil society initiatives” in June-August 2011. The aim of the project was to promote the awareness on social conditions of young people with disabilities by shooting a documentary film. The film was distributed to organizations dealing with youth with disabilities, employers and community members.
“I can be in the first rows” film presentation took place in “Home of celebrations” in Gyumri. “I can be in the first rows” film is about 7 young people who have disabilities and hearing impairments. There representatives from many different institutions and local governmental bodies were invited. After the presentation participants who were filmed in the film got certificates and DVD disks were distributed to all the guests and participants. The film had been shown on “Gala” TV three times.
“Social integration centre”
June 2011-June 2012
“Agate” centre has implemented two projects by the financial assistance of ”Newman’s own” and “Global fund for women ” foundations. Within the framework of this project the centre is organizing hairdressing, computer, English, pastry making and design, handwork and beading, make up, swimming, gardening, literacy classes, cultural trainings.
English trainers of “Agate” centre have translated “A health handbook for women with disabilities”.
“Agate” centre created
Armenian-American sign language dictionary and DVD by the financial assistance of US Embassy in
Implemented events of “Agate” NGO during its 4 year activity
The surprise of “Agate” centre with Silva Hakobyan
July 8 2010
On 8th of July we organized an event in #18 schools in Gyumri. The aim of this event was to stimulate the social integration of young people with hearing impairments and to promote the awareness about sign language.”Agate” centre summarized “All are able” 6 months project and announced the beginning of 2 new projects. Silva Hakobyan, the parents of beneficiaries and other guests were present during this event. The event began with dance of center’s beneficiaries, which was a surprise for both a singer and guests.”Agate” centre’s staff and beneficiaries presented Silva Hakobyan’s song in Armenian sign language. A short performance was presented about the employment rights of disabled people. The centre’s young people with hearing impairments danced and it was the first step in their lives. Certificates were handed to all beneficiaries. Silva Hakobyan was deeply impressed and she offered to shoot a clip with our beneficiaries with hearing impairments.
The deaf beneficiaries of “Agate” centre danced at Silva Hakobyan’s solo concert
On October 16 our eight deaf
and hard of hearing beneficiaries (4 couples) danced on
the big stage in Sport and
Concert Complex after Karen Demirchyan in
“Agate” centre organized different cultural events, film-screening and
excursions to cultural sights of
The president of “Agate” NGO-Karine Grigoryan is
the coordinator of “Aid
“Agate” centre celebrated “Terndez” and St Valentine
February 14, 2011
On the 14th of February “Agate” centre celebrated Terndez. The youth of centre made a fire trying to melt and avoid the winter. They made traditional roasted grains of wheat as its abundance came down to everybody.
On that day the centre also organized “St Valentine’s Day” campaign, the aim of which was to distribute many love wishes to the passengers. It was a pleasure for everybody to get wishes and balloons.
Film presentation in “Home of celebrations” in Gyumri
August 27, 2011
In August 27 “I can be in the first rows” film presentation took place in “Home of celebrations” in Gyumri. On the own initiative of “Agate” centre “The miracle of nowadays” film had been shouted. The film is about the centre’s 4 year activities, implemented projects, its trainings, cooperation with international organizations.
“I can be in the first rows” film is about seven young people who have disabilities and hearing impairments. Representatives from many different institutions, local governmental bodies were invited there. After presentation participants who took part in the shooting of the film got certificates and 200 DVD disks were distributed to all guests and participants. The film made great impression on different organizations and community members.