- The foundation of the "EKHO" team
disabled form earliest childhood (Infantile cerebral palsy), I truly
understand and imagine the hard days and lifestyle of the disabled
people, and all the problems caused by it. My mother, Anzhela
Ohanjanyan, being a parent of a disabled person, has felt the upcoming
difficulties, and, as we can put it, the closed doors. This is why, with
her own efforts, uniting the parents of the disabled kids, she
undertook and founded the Non-governmental organization "EKHO" in 2008
whose primary aim is to protect the right of the disabled and to provide
them with accessible conditions. Our team was created, since the
parents of the disabled who had devoted for the sake of their children,
participated unconditionally. The main feature of our activity is to
equally pay attention to the problems and concerns of the disabled kids
and young people, and to realize more rational programs aimed to find
solutions to those problems. It’s worth mentioning that the basis of our
activity is the discipline, transparency, mutual respect and structural
clarity. According to the data presented by the Ministry of Healthcare,
there are around 181 thousand disabled people in Armenia who have
numerous daily problems of medicine, education, rights and even daily
bread. You can see few of them at schools, parks, cafés or other public
places: close to everyone and equal to everyone. The government doesn’t
provide with any precise plan for these people with special needs. We
hope that there might be new programs soon. The authorities accept that
they cannot provide the disabled people of different ages with special
conditions, or promote their social integration reasoning all these with
scarce financial reserves. The issues are pretty serious and even in
the European countries this kind of problems are not yet solved. This is
why, I truly hope that the "EKHO" organization will give the
opportunity to identify the problems of disabled kids and young people
with mutual cooperation, and try to find the most efficient ways of
solution to those problems in joint efforts. Once again, I mention, that
no one in the world is insured from disability or becoming a parent of a
disabled, therefore; helping out the disabled kids and young people,
every person helps himself.
- How do we fulfill our mission?
the 6 years of its mission the EKHO team cooperates with a list of
commercial and non-commercial local and international organizations
implementing their sophistication and experience, thanks to which they
it is realizing the mentioned programs. Consequently, the main
objectives of our team are:
with local and international organizations, give them the chance to
learn more about the problems of disabled kids and young people.
- Provide the disabled and socially unprovided kids and their families with material and moral support.
the rights and interests of disabled kids and young people (in court
and other governmental and non-governmental institutions).
the right of medicine, education of disabled kids, and with the help of
education promote their integration in the society.
supreme goal of the organization is to support the disabled kids, young
people, and be an emotional support for their parents regularly and
continuously realizing medical, educational, cultural, social and other
programs directed to solutions of problems of activities.
organization regularly provides the disabled and socially unprovided
kids that are under its assistance with medicine, wheelchairs and
crutches according to the documents presented by them.
the framework of the program “Let’s help out kids hear”, which is aimed
to assist the kids who have problems with hearing, we have acquired
expensive and high-quality digital headphones. Now, thanks to the
efforts of the "EKHO" NGO dozens of kids can hear. Other dozens are
anxiously waiting for the day, when they will also be provided with
appropriate digital hearing devises after the medical examination. We
also inform you, that the "EKHO" NGO is cooperating with the “Arfa Med”
and “Erebuni” medical centers where our kids receive accurate diagnosis
and the aids are put on. The centers also do the ongoing examinations.
team of the "EKHO" NGO has been realizing the “Healthy childhood”
program since 2010 in the framework of which it supports the treatment
of kids suffering from oncological diseases (Leukemia). Medicine is
obtained to receive the full course of chemotherapy, and for general
treatment. It’s a big wish of ours to see our kids who suffer from blood
diseases to get such treatment in Armenia as there is abroad.
Unfortunately this is still a problem.
members of the organization are disabled and socially unprovided kids,
to whom presents such as food, clothing, stationary, hygiene