Summer stay in Armenia helps replaced girl settle in

September 18, 2017 - summer camp

Activities during a stay enclosed theatre, music, art, team-building and sports.  © UNHCR/Nareg Dekermenjian

The still waters and overwhelming landscape of Lake Sevan in Armenia make it a renouned beach finish for tourists. But this year it also became a environment for a summer stay that helped 40 replaced immature people from Syria, Iraq and Nagorno-Karabakh find confidence, opportunities and friends in their new home.


Set adult by YMCA NGO Vardenis to foster amicable and informative integration, a two-week-long stay also worked to urge a romantic and psychological wellbeing of replaced youth. Activities enclosed theatre, music, art, team-building and sports.

“I had never been to Lake Sevan before,” says Maral, a Syrian lady who attended a summer camp. “What we favourite many was swimming in a lake with my new friends, and a personality Nareg who was safeguarding us from a waves. we feel during home in Armenia and we am celebrated to be partial of my new homeland.”

“I feel during home in Armenia.”

Despite a mishap and problems that many participants had already gifted in their immature lives, their resilience, confidence and integrity shone through.

”I done many friends during camp,” says Aram, a child replaced from a landlocked alpine segment of Nagorno-Karabakh, where dispute escalated in Apr 2016. “We were identical and opposite during a same time – identical with a stories of carrying mislaid a homes, and opposite with a language, traditions and culture.”

Varditer Hambardzumyan, executive of YMCA Vardenis NGO, says a summer stay gave children like Maral and Aram essential life-skills for a future. These, she says, will “make a certain impact on a children, heading them to a cool destiny with self-confidence, honour towards other and a clarity of solidarity.”

UNHCR’s Representative in Armenia, Christoph Bierwirth, was in a assembly on a final day when a immature campers gave an considerable opening of Armenian songs, normal dances and pantomime.

“Seeing so many immature people from opposite backgrounds and places of origin, immature internal Armenians and replaced lady from Syria, Iraq and Nagorno-Karabakh working, debating, relaxing and interacting together offers a pointer of wish and shows that formation can work, if all are prepared to engage,” he says.

At a finish of a camp, a children perceived certificates of confirmation from UNHCR and awards for creativity and talent, comprehension and enthusiasm, mobilisation and care skills. But they are not a usually ones to benefit.

“The time we spent during a YMCA stay will sojourn unforgettable,” says Nareg, a stay personality from Australia. “I listened a testimonies of a campers, and we am tender by their suggestion and strength. we am now full of consolation towards refugees in a world, we now feel opposite and consider differently.”

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