Ijevan Bridge of Hope

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Intro

Bridge of Hope currently serves 180 children of Ijevan and surrounding villages, of which about 85 are disabled, most of which are from disadvantaged and at risk families. The primary goal of the organization is the equal education of all and has been an advocate of inclusive education. The organization currently partners with local schools and other organizations, including the local and regional governments to identify and provide support to these children Currently available are 5 computers that are being used full time in classes and camps. 5 additional computers that have been on loan are now being returned to their organizations as they are needed there. Currently there is a computer ratio in classes and activities of 2-3 children per computer which not only affects the quality of the program but also limits the number of children that can engage in the program. The organization wants to engage the children in real world application of the skills receive which will help increase the use and retention of these skills. As a result it is the wish to have as part of the classroom activities, the creation of a student run newsletter highlighting the activities of the organization to the community future activities, student accomplishments and general organizational information. Due to lack of adequate surge protection to protect the equipment from power surges in the local power grid, they have had the failure of 4 computers, 1 irreparably in the last 6 months, further depleting the resources available to the children. Also in use is aged, low capacity printing equipment and is need of a higher capacity copier/printer that can facilitate the economical printing and coping of organizational materials and newsletters.

About the Community

IJEVAN is a city in Armenia and the capital of Tavush region. It is located in the northern part of the region, on the foot of the Ijevan ridge and Nal'teket ridge on both banks of Aghstev River. The city's population was 15 620 in 2008 making it the most populated city in the area. It is 142 km from Yerevan. Its former name was Karavansarai (meaning caravanserai). The mayor of the city is Varujan Nercissian who runs Ijevan alongside a fifteen member counsil. The Yerevan to Kazakh highway passes through the city. The city's current name, Ijevan, and its prior one, Karavansaray, both mean "inn" in Armenian and Turkish, respectively. Located in Ijevan are woodworking and wine-making enterprises, machinery plants, and large concrete and carpet-weaving factories. The city has its own local television and newspapers. Since 1994, a branch of Yerevan State University is located in the city with approximately 700 students studying in applied mathematics, physics, Armenian language and literature, history, pedagogy and psychology.