About Us

"Zartonk-89” is a non-governmental organization, which operates throughout the Republic of Armenia founded in 1989 and registered as an NGO with the Ministry of Justice in 1996. In 1988 after the earthquake, when the north part of Armenia was ruined and also Kharabagh war about 2400 children were parentless and the organization began to assist those children solving all the problems. Since 1989, Zartonk-89 has been actively engaged in the promotion of health, education, environment and social assistance for needy segments of the rural and urban children and teenagers in Armenia.  The active support and creativity of our partners and local volunteers have made it possible to extend its presence to other regions of Armenia; to date there are branches of our NGO all over the country.


 "Zartonk -89" is a charitable organization that seeks  educational, social, health, environmental and charitable projects to support vulnerable children, adolescents and young adults with the mental, physical and spiritual development and life improvement. Our mission is to improve the lives and protect the rights of parentless and needy children, teenagers and youth in Armenia.  In order to achieve our mission, we implement various educational, social, and health projects focused on improving the mental, physical and social skills of children and teenagers and on building their self-esteem. The organization also assists rural and urban communities of the country. In addition, we have implemented several development projects that benefit entire communities. The age group of people that our organization wants to reach out to mainly consists of youth between the ages of 14-20 years old.

• To help the most vulnerable groups of children, adolescents and youth in regards to education, health and social aspects of accumulated problems.
• Implement educational, social, health, environmental protection, community development, as well as contributing to the strengthening of programs.
• To promote intercultural learning and dialogue, as well as the development of the culture of peace, tolerance and the spread of the world.
• Develop cooperation and networks between international and local organizations.
• To contribute to finding a solution to the problems faced by youth as well as legal awareness.
• To contribute to the establishment of democracy throughout the country and improve the people's living conditions.

• To develop and strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector in Armenia.

Progress report

In the frame of “Community’s young voice” project the members of our working group have organized training on the theme of “New Technologies for the youth” in Vanadzor city of Lory region. 14-17 years old youths who are interested in ICT and Media journalism are participated in this project. The training is held in Information Center of Vanadzor city. At the beginning of the training the program with its aim and process was presented. By means of game the participants got acquainted with each other and shared information about their preferences and planned future career. The trainer presented the background of information, computer and its usage.  They had also a discussion about those problems related to IT they had during the education process and tried to find its solution. The beneficiaries had idea on advantages and disadvantages of social networks. During the next trainings the participants had idea about Google including its all elements and services, how to use gmail as a communication system and what is “blog”, how to open and use it. They also had discussion about formatting the computer, search and send elements of the computer. As a result the participants made a presentation on IT by means of their gained knowledge and presented them to monitoring group of the project.  At the end of the trainings individual tasks are assigned for the beneficiaries that require much work to do.
The trainings are ongoing taking into account the beneficiaries suggestions on topics selection and they are so interesting and effective that the children gave respond to write this letter.
         I am Mary from Vanadzor community. On February 16, in the frame of "Community young voice” project I was participated in "New technologies for youth" training organized by "Young Journalist Online Center" in Lory region. During this period I had some important skills on computer. In pleasant and free atmosphere we got important and useful knowledge on IT.  I was very glad to have participation in this training. I want you to organize such programs frequently and I am pleased to visit again and participate in such similar programs and increase my knowledge on media. In the frame of this program I gained different computer programs, learned competently usage of internet resources, and how to keep computer safe from various dangers and viruses.

Our progress in Kotayk region

On January 31, 2015 at a meeting took place in "Noyan Tapan" media center for summarizing the first stage and launching the second stage of the project “Providing education for 150 children in Armenia", implemented by Zartonk-89 NGO and   "Young Journalists Online Center".   Totally, there were 30 representatives from Yerevan and the 10 regions of Armenia at the meeting.
We welcomed the regional working groups and represented the advancements of Zartonk-89 in becoming a superstar in Global Giving, in which Global Giving staff and regional working groups had significant role.
The responsible of the project presented the overall process of the project: its implementation results and also shared their experience with others, discussing the future plans. For the effective implementation of the project the first prize was given to the working group of the community of Khor Virap,  Ararat region, the second prize was given to the working group of the community of Vanadzor,  Lori Region, and the third prize was  given to the working group of the community of  Arapi,   Shirak region.
At the first stage of the program from YJOC working groups only six regions were included in the project and then four more were added, Armavir, Tavush, Kotayk and Syunik regions also joined that program and  got financial and technical support, as well as advice from Zartonk -89:   thus, they can start the implementation of the project in four regions.
During the implantation of the program the participants obtained  experience, skills and knowledge .
As we have mentioned above, during the meeting the representatives of six regions shared their experience with others, gave them advice. The six participating communities received financial and technical resources to continue the program.
The meeting  passed in a warm atmosphere  and the representatives of regions  went with  enthusiasm to carry out this important project.
Here is how the project is being implemented in Hrazdan Community, Kotayk Region.
I am Arus Nersisyan, the coordinator of 'Young Journalists online Center' in Kotayk Region. At present we are implementing 'Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia' in our region, at primary school, number two. First of all let me mention that the implementation of this project requires devotion, love and hard work. Of course if you love what you do it becomes easier to do hard and valuable work as well.
When I was presented the project, I was very excited, although I had experience in working with children. I was afraid of not being able to meet that challenge, as this work is both obligatory and responsible; we deal with teenagers who are very fragile. Teenagers generally are very close and complex, plus psychological, social family problems, therefore working with them becomes more difficult. Together with my team we could create and develop firm, warm and friendly relations. We are 15 in our team. The children were chosen with teachers help and advice. Each of them has their own, unique story, their problems, difficulties which are revealed in their hardly smiling eyes.
When organizing our training's we took into account everything for changing their unhappy routine, organizing different games, competitions every day and chose the winners for each day. 
At first children were shy and uneasy, they avoided giving answers, speaking but during the lessons we succeeded in having free discussions and broad talks.
I was very proud when one of our teachers evaluated our work, noticing that one of the most shy and complex child was then very confident and freely expressed his opinion and ideas. Our teacher noted and valued contribution in that. Every training revealed something new among the children. Per instance, Erik drew very well, but never showed his drawings, because of being shy. He drew a nice picture for us, won a prize; he was the winner of the day. The next day we went for an excursion to a museum. Many of the children were there for the first time. Erik examined all the exponents, pictures and was very active in asking many questions. Then he told us that dreams of painting and wished for a reality that one day his pictures also would be worthy in finding their place at the museums.
Next day one of our participants, Vahe gave me a piece of paper. He asked me not to show it to anyone, just to read what was written there and express my personal opinion. It turned out that Vahe wrote poems. So we decided to organize a poetry competition the next day. Besides the prize, the winner had a possibility of printing his poems in one of local journals.

I can talk a lot about our training's and we do enjoy whatever we do. I want to sum up my thoughts with one of our participant Vahe's words, who used to be shy and talk very little, 'lessons at school give us the most important thing, i. e. knowledge and friends'. These values are ours, our achievements and no one can steal them from us.

Progress in 6 regions in Armenia

The implementation of “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project had great success in 6 regions of Armenia ( Aragatsot, Shirak , Lori, Ararat, Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor).
We have organized competition among 6 communities to provide the effectiveness of the project. In the result the working groups of Vanadzor, Khor Virap and Byurakan have been awarded with prizes. Additional seminar on the theme of “the role of basic education for teenagers” has been organized in communities (Ararpi, Martuni and Jermuk) for working groups.
Meetings with focus groups have been organized in 6 communities. During the meeting the participants had active discussions and suggestions for the further development of the project. 
We continue to implement the project in above mentioned communities that has its progress.  90 beneficiaries from 6 communities participated in the project. 2014 was more productive year for our organization fundraising which will help us to enroll more beneficiaries for “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project.
We can provide several regional blogs where their works are being presented. As we have working groups in 10 communities of 10 regions and the project has been implemented in 6 communities we have foreseen to implement “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project in 4 regions (Armavir, Kotayk, Tavush and Syunik) as well.  These are the most remote regions in Armenia. We must train the working groups in 4 communities, recruit 15 teenagers from each community, implement questionnaire for the assessment of educational level of the teenagers, organize trainings 12 hours a week and feed them during the trainings.
Dear supporters and GlobalGiving team, It is very important for us to know your opinion about our project “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia”. It will be helpful for the implementation of the project and you will have your input in the project which is very important for us.
Arina from Lori Region expresses her viewpoint about the project.

Hello, I am Arina from Lori Region.
First of all I want to thank the supporters, GlobalGiving and the organizers of the project for such an exciting and educational program they are assisting and implementing. I am one of the participants in the project of "Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia". During the project basic educational training was provided with interesting and new methods. That was the reason that the participants were taking part in the classes with great interest providing high value of the basic education in their life.

In the frame of the project I met good and kind people. Everything was interesting to me especially the classes organized with via games in the nature. The class about the Armenian painters was very impressive as well. We were also involved in the classes providing extra information about the topic of the lesson. It would be great if similar projects were being organized again with various disciplines.

Progress report

The process of “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project is more effective. 14 children at the age of 10-15 from Khor-Virap community in Ararat region are participating in this program.  By means of trainings the children acquired basic education. 
The classes lasted 2 hours and half instead of one hour as the children wanted to spend more hours for their classes. After the classes the children didn’t go home, we organized different types of games, they revised course by means of conversation. It was interesting when we challenged the children to write an essay on the topic of “my dream”. In their essays all the boys expressed their wishes to became soldiers and defend their homeland. And the girls wishes were to live in a peaceful country and wished all the soldiers to come back home healthy and safely. 
At the beginning and at the end of the classes the children were distributed questionnaires for checking the effectiveness of the program.    

In the result of the questionnaires it was find out that the children were satisfied with their trainers, as well as trainings, games and food provided for them. The children want to continue their trainings and get qualified education.

Here is Hayk’s speech. I am Hayk from Khor Virap community in Ararat region. I have my dream like other children. I know that I have to study to reach my goals and dream. My dream is to become a soldier in order to defend my country. I wish the world to be in peace.

I am participating on “Providing Education for 150 children in Armenia” project. Realizing the importance of education I improved the lack of my knowledge. I give importance for the implementation of similar programs as it gives an opportunity the children to acquire basic education.
I hope that in the frame of this program my gained knowledge will be a guide throughout my life.

I would like to express my gratitude to all those people who supported and are going to support for this program. 
Progress Report

«Providing Education for 150 Children in Armenia»
I am Veronica. I am 13 years old. I love my family. The family is where we are surrounded with love and respect from people. My family consists of four people: me, my father, my mother, my brother. I prefer to start with my father who is central to our family. His name is Karlen. He is 37 years old. My dad spends a lot of time to earn money. When he is at home, it is a joy for me, as he always has something interesting to tell us. My father is a good man and an excellent father. Me mother, Alla is a housewife. She's 34 years old but looks much younger. She is my angel and I dream to be like her. My brother, John, is a good guy. He is 9 years old. My brother helps us in all matters. For me he is a good brother and a great friend. I like to dance,  sing, read, and spend a good time with my friends and family because life is too short and I want to enjoy the good things.  I inherited singing from my grandmother. She taught me almost all the folk songs and dances of the blood of the nation. From our authors, I love Hovhannes Tumanyan the most. I have read almost all his tales and stories. I like to be the first everywhere.  In regards to my future profession, I'm not in a hurry to choose one. It is a complicated process and it your future depends on it. You have to think long and hard about it and appreciate your abilities, your talents, and your interests and be serious about this decision. I dream of my own candy factory for all children to have free candy and snacks.

Now back to reality. I take part in «Providing education for 150 children in Armenia» program aimed at providing basic education for children who have been held back for various reasons. During this program, the selected children from 6 regional groups participate in Young Journalists Online Club (YJOC) and go back to school to carry out the rest of the training program. Their communities will be selected by taking into account the "Community Youth Voice" how active the students kept their blogs, websites, and social media. The program helps students update their knowledge learned from school and this helps actively progress basic education. I am very glad that I participated in this program during the summer holidays

Progress report

With the frame of “Online Olympiad” project in the region we have promoted to raise journalism, research and creative skills among young people with the usage of information technologies, created a learning environment where the possibilities of new media are used for the benefit of young people, we helped young people in discovery of the possibilities of new media usage, we identified and encouraged the best materials, articles and essays of the young journalists.
In “Online Olympiad” program it was foreseen to organize creative competitions, which are kept young people to be active in villages and regions, gave opportunity to communicate with their peers, to use new media in research creative activities.
In the frame of the program Zartonk-89 NGO organized competition on the theme of “I have read and....”   which was aimed to expose these young people, who love to read books and to compose at the same time. Here is our Tatul who was one of the participants of the competition. Recently our volunteers have met to Tatul who is now serving in the army. We would like to present his speech about the program:
I am Tatul, I am 19 years old. I was born and grew up in Vanadzor. I attained in secondary school N 19 in Vanadzor and after that I studied in the faculty of Law in State Pedagogical University of Vanadzor. I attended various clubs.
The art with all its aspects especially music and painting play a great role in my life. 3 years I had been a member of “Vardanants Descendants” brass band and participated in various festivals.
I am currently serving in the Armed Forces, and I am the musician of military orchestra there. I am very fond of reading books. I have read a lot of Armenian and foreign literature books.  I had a big impression on the world-famous detective stories. Under that impression I prepared a model of Sherlock Holmes museum and made fragments with plaster from the stories.  In 2013, when I was going to enter the university, I was informed about the essay competition on the theme of “I have read and....” in the frame of “Online Olympiad” program.
I was in the first place, but I did not expect my winning.  I just wanted to have new friends and communication with them and learn many new things from them. After the competition I made friends and had communication even with the volunteers. When I come back from the army I will continue to communicate, to work with them and take part in various programs and activities.
I would like to thank all those people, organizations that supported our program implementation that gave a lot of happy moments to young people who live in the villages. If you are interested in my work, please visit:

I love nature.