The dreams of children living in institutions in Armenia and how to make them possible

“Here we have a good time, it is a good place… I like it here, but I’d like to go to my mother. My mommy will take me soon.” (Armenian girl living in a residential institution)

Last summer, a ChildPact team went to Yerevan to meet with members of the Armenian Network of Child Protection and discuss the problem of institutionalised children in Armenia.

We visited one of the residential care institutions in Yerevan and talked to children and personnel of the institution. We also visited one of the summer camps in the mountains, outside Yerevan, where every year hundreds of children from residential care institutions spend their holiday.

Despite important steps taken in the last few years, thousands of children still live in institutions and family based alternative care needs to be developed further in order to smoothen the de-institutionalization process in Armenia. The Armenian Network of Child Protection, a union of 16 NGOs, is working to support the Armenian government in its action to withdraw children from the institutions and give them the opportunity to grow up in a family.

 Watch the video above to hear the voices of children living in institutions and what child protection experts have to say about their situation.