Children in Armenia

When fathers emigrate in search of work, many mothers are unable to provide proper care for their children. Often, children have to help run the household, and 4% of under-14s in Armenia work to raise extra money. Inadequate support means that many children are taken into care even while their parents are still living. They often end up in old, run-down institutions and face stigmatisation in their future lives.

Once dubbed the Silicon Valley of the Soviet Union, Armenia’s economy collapsed following independence, and today unemployment affects 17% of the workforce. Rural areas are poorly served by infrastructure and even clean water and decent sanitation is lacking in many parts. The Armenian population declined after independence as people went abroad in the search for employment.

Our Children's Villages in Armenia

We began providing care to Armenia’s most vulnerable children in 1990, when we opened our first Children’s Village in Kotayk. Since 2006, we have extended our work to help families in the community stay together and provide a better environment for their children.

In 2014 we began running an emergency relief programme supporting Syrian-Armenian refugees in Yerevan, the capital city. We gave 150 families and 300 children shelter and food as well as healthcare and educational support.

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Kotayk, Yerevan

We have offered care to children in Kotayk ever since a devastating earthquake struck Armenia in 1988. Our Children's Village is located about 10 miles from the capital Yerevan.
Our SOS nursery provides an early education in an area where no preschool facilities existed before we came to Kotayk. As our children get older, they join our SOS youth programme, where they can begin the journey to independence with the support of our staff.


Our second Children's Village is located in Idjevan, in the country’s north-east. The Village is close to the city centre, which offers schools, nurseries, a music school and a sports training centre.

Local contact

SOS Children’s Village Armenian Charity Foundation
1 Yekmalyan Street
Suite 31
Yerevan 0002
Tel: +374 10 533 352
Fax: +374 10 533 342

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You can help children who have lost their parents. They may have been orphaned by AIDS, natural disaster or conflict. Poverty may have forced their parents to give them up, or they may have been separated from their family by war.