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SOCIAL PROJECT "ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED SOLDIERS AFTER THE MILITARY CONFLICT IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH"

REALIZATION TIME

15.05.2021- 15.12.2023

 

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Rotary E-Club of Russia, Russian Federation

  • Rotary Club of Yerevan-PanArmenian, Armenia

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

A social project "Assistance to disabled soldiers after the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh", developed at the initiative of Rotary E-Club of Russia and Rotary Club of Yerevan-PanArmenian.

 

The problem of socio-psychological adaptation of disabled people who participated in military operations to the conditions of peaceful life in the society is one of the most important facets of the general integration problem. Participation in a war has an unconditional impact on a person's consciousness, subjecting it to serious changes. With their peculiar life experiences, they are a population category that needs a special approach.  The project "Assistance to disabled soldiers after the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh" is motivated by the need to involve soldiers with disabilities into a full life together with other members of society. The project aims to assist the integration of disabled soldiers into society, to create favorable conditions for their life (education, employment, career growth). The target group of the project: 200 disabled soldiers in need of support.

 

ACTION GROUP / PROJECT PERFORMERS

Members of Rotary E-Club of Russia: Lusine Virabyan, Alexey Subbotin, Sergey Kirillov, Svetlana Sidorova.

Members of the Rotary Club Yerevan-PanArmenian: Gurgen Barikyan, Anna Barikyan, Hovhannes Hakobyan, Artak Avetisyan and Gayane Tovmasyan.

 

In order to implement the project it is necessary:

  1. To finance the training of disabled soldiers in the selected areas.

  2. To be in contact with the trainee and be present at the presentation of the certificate.

  3. To help acquire labor resources for future work (computer, etc.)

  4. Help with further employment.

 

The duration of the project is 2.5 years.

To implement the project requested an amount of 70 000 USD / 5 100 466, 00 RUB.

Of which

  • 58,000 USD / 4 226,100.40 RUB, will be spent on training,

  • 12,000 USD / 874,365.60 RUB for the purchase of human resources. 

 

THE PROJECT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN STAGES

  • First group: 100 respondents, up to 30. 10. 2022 .

  • Second group: 100 respondents, till 15.12.2023.

 

PROJECT PURPOSE

  1. Adaptation of soldiers-invalids, participants of military actions to conditions of peaceful life.

  2. Assistance to integration of disabled soldiers into society, creation of favorable conditions for life activity (possibility to get a profession which suits their taste and to support themselves and their families).

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. To help the disabled soldiers to acquire a profession of their choice which will help them to meet their future needs. 2. To assist them to purchase manpower (computers, etc.).

  2. To help them find a job after graduation in their chosen professions.

  3. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented project.

 

SOCIAL IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT

In these days there are many words about charity, about attention to people, especially to those who need it more than others, i.e. combatants who have become disabled and experienced the psychologically traumatic effects of the military situation, who like no other need understanding, help in self-realization and adaptation.

The leap year 2020 will be  remembered worldwide not only by the COVID 19 pandemic, but also by the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. During 44 days of fighting, on the Armenian side there were about 4 thousand soldiers and militia men who were killed. More than 10 thousand were disabled. Most of them are young men aged 18 to 35. These losses were catastrophic for the small population of the Republic of Armenia (2 million 700 thousand people). There were also civilian victims and more than 90,000 people became refugees and lost their homes and property. The war was a great and long ordeal for the country and the Armenian people. Everybody tried to help in this difficult period. Taking into consideration the post-war crisis situation in the country (economic, military, political) it is very hard for the disabled people to realize their potential on their own. That is why the members of the Rotary E-Club of Russia felt the need to set up a project with Rotary Club of Yerevan-PanArmenian to help the young soldiers. There were researches with different groups, totally with 48 persons from different cities, as well as within a multifunctional center: "Help for Wounded Soldiers and the Disabled in the Military". Focus-group interviews (FGI) took place in the following cities: Yerevan - 2 FGI, Gyumri - 1 FGI, Vanadzor - 1 FGI, Gavar - 1 FGI, Armavir - 1 FGI.

Respondents: men 18-35, combatants. The groups explored aspects of optimal adaptation to civilian life, positive socialization, and prevention of post-traumatic syndrome. Respondents reacted very well to the very idea of helping them in the form of training, courses, consultations.

 

MAIN VALUES AND REFERENCE POINTS OF THE RESPONDENTS

  • Younger people: personal development, education, vivid impressions, learning new things.

  • People over 30: stability (stable income), family, leisure.

The main aspect of adaptation to peaceful life, absolutely for all respondents, is successful socialization in the form of a decent-paid, interesting and prestigious job, or "own business". Opinions were distributed as follows:

  • Respondents of age 18-25: want to acquire a prestigious specialty (or at least primary skills) in IT 3 D modelling, 3 D Max, graphic design, Video editing, Web design UI/UX and new media. Want to learn how to program, do SMM, create websites and online stores. Also interested in the basics of design and work with video materials.

  • Respondents of age 26-35: want to do handmade, make unique handicrafts, souvenirs, eco-products and household items. They want to sell them through the Internet to continue to live in their small homeland, so they do not have to leave it to earn money. They need help, both in professional training in terms of learning a particular craft, and knowledge of selling promotion, also need at least a basic knowledge of English or improving knowledge.

The main part of the respondents would like to be able to study at their place of residence, but they agree to go to Yerevan in case of need.

  • Respondents under 30 years of age have an absolutely positive attitude to the idea of learning online.

  • Respondents over 30 would rather have a mixed system of online and offline learning

 

Respondents under 30 years of age are willing to study any day of the week. Respondents over 30 are more likely to agree to study on weekends, and on weekdays in the evenings.

Respondents of older age are not sure that they can force themselves to study by themselves, they think that they need a tutor/mentor.

Based on the results of the study the participants concluded that the target group of 68 people are ready to study. There were

  • 20 respondents from Wounded Soldiers and Disabled Soldiers Assistance Center, who already selected professions and

  • 48 from different cities, who will decide what they want to do in the near future.

 

Respondents confirmed their moral readiness to "do the lessons" and "take the exams". Graph with the description of the chosen professions and their cost for 20 respondents, provided by the center: "Assistance to Wounded Soldiers and Disabled Soldiers":

 

PROJECT GEOGRAPHY

REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

TARGET GROUP

Soldiers with disabilities: 200 people.

To work on the project we used the board "Miro" AGILE technology, an application that became indispensable to create an organized, remote teamwork, allowing the parties to come from the idea to the implementation of the project in a short period of time.

 

CONTACT INFO

Rotary Club of Yerevan-PanArmenian, Armenia

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RCYerevan.PanArmenian

2020- 21 Club President: Anna Barikyan President

2021-22 Club President: Kantuni Hovhannes

 

Rotary E-Club of Russia, Russian Federation

https://www.rotary-eclubofrussia.org/

2020-21 Club President: Vadim Massalsky

2021-22 Club president: Natalia Anisimova