UN Armenia support to people displaced from in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and affected communities in Armenia
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The United Nations in Armenia continues to respond to the most immediate humanitarian needs of people displaced from in and around Nagorno-Karabakh and the affected communities in Armenia.
In January 2021 under the joint leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNHCR, the United Nations Country Team, together with NGO partners, launched the Armenia Inter-Agency Response Plan to support conflict-affected people from Nagorno-Karabakh and affected communities in Armenia. The Response Plan involves 36 humanitarian partners and 188 projects with total financial requirements amounting to USD 62.6 million across six key sectors: protection, including child protection; education; shelter and non-food items; food security and nutrition; health, and early-recovery. The plan seeks to expand significant support already provided by UN Armenia and partners, having made an important impact for those displaced from the early days of the conflict.
Later the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) released US$2 million of emergency relief funding for the Armenia Inter-Agency Response Plan. The funding from CERF will help provide prioritized assistance for persons in refugee-like situations and host communities. Delivered through UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM, this will include protection support to ensure that all vulnerable groups, especially children, have access to schools, psychosocial support and primary health services, as well as shelter and non-food items assistance to endure the winter. Women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities will be prioritized for life-saving assistance as the funding is disbursed.
In February the Government of Japan has announced an Emergency Grant Aid of US$ 3.6 million in support of the Inter-Agency Response Plan. This contribution will improve the living conditions of the refugee-like population. More specifically, the contribution will support the recipient organizations in:
UN Armenia's support provided in October-December 2020
As a result of the heaviest fighting since the early 1990’s, approximately 90,000 people were displaced from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone to Armenia between 27 September and 9 November 2020, 88% of whom being women and children.
The UN in Armenia quickly mobilized a response and from early October began complementing Government humanitarian support provided by ten priority municipalities as well as the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to those displaced. The UN system put in place a structure with five thematic working groups under the overall lead of the Resident Coordinator’s Office and with support from UNHCR, to coordinate efforts of the UN and humanitarian partners, working closely with Government and municipal authorities. The UN Armenia country team discussed the UN’s support programme with Deputy Prime Minister Grigoryan and Foreign Minister Ayvazyan on 9 and 21 December respectively, noting the close partnership with the Government and the municipalities.
The UN together with its donor partners has provided support across a range of critical needs for those displaced and host communities:
Thousands of children and families from Nagorno-Karabakh in temporary shelters or host families in Armenia face a harsh winter. To help ease the financial burden on them, UNICEF provided 800 sets of warm blankets and bed linen and 4500 hygiene kits.
In partnership with several NGOs UNICEF provided individual and group psychosocial support to children affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 150 school psychologists and 900 teachers have participated in a month-long training sessions enhancing their psychological support skills.
UNICEF supports the continuity of education for children affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
To help displaced and local children adjust and progress in online education during COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR, together with partners Teach For Armenia and FAR-Children's Support Centre, has provided 20 tablets to the secondary school in Darbnik village of Ararat province which is hosting refugee and displaced families.
WFP distributes Take-Home Rations to support the food needs of children and their families.
The World Food Programme, in partnership with the Armenian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, started distributing a one-off food ration for 44,000 vulnerable people.
UNICEF will deliver 5000 boxes of food to families from Nagorno-Karabakh with children below 5 years old in Yeghegnadzor, Sisian, Goris, Kapan, Dilijan, and Vagharshapat communities.
FAO has launched an emergency assistance project to help the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict affected vulnerable groups in Armenia through provision of agricultural inputs such as feed for animals, equipment and materials for building temporary shelter for displaced farming livestock.
With the support of WHO, the Ministry of Health of Armenia and British Embassy five doctors and nurses have arrived in Armenia from the United Kingdom to support Armenian healthcare workers in managing severe COVID-19 patients.
UNDP Sustainable Communities project, funded by the Russian Federation, in partnership with the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia, established “Ambar” Foundation with the aim to become a seed reserve logistic center to ensure food security of Chambarak community. As a result, in 2020 the foundation harvested 200 tons of potato and 39 tons of barley. The profit will go to the development of Chambarak community.
To date, 15 UN agencies, 32 international NGOs, 26 national NGOs, three intergovernmental organizations, three Government entities, and six international organizations operate in the coordination structure across the five thematic working groups to address the following needs: Shelter and Non-Food Items, Protection, Food Security and Nutrition, Health, as well as consider already Early Recovery. Three additional sub-working groups address Child Protection, Education, and Cash Assistance. The working groups are supported by an Information Management team, advisors on gender as well as on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).
Thanks to joint efforts of WFP, the Armenian Government and the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, distribution of Take-Home Rations for 1st to 4th graders has started in Mesrop Mashtots primary school N 1 in Sevan Armenia.
To provide detailed and continuously updated information regarding the humanitarian response of UN agencies and partners, an Armenia Response Portal was developed with the support of UNHCR. The portal includes factsheets and figures, reports and assessments, and describes all the support provided by each of working groups.
UNICEF provided hygiene kits to 1500 families from Nagorno-Karabakh in Jermuk and Yerevan and 300 sets of bed linen.
1. Latest report on UN Armenia’s and partners’ support to the displaced people from Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenia.
2. Armenia Inter-Agency Response Plan funding tracker can be found here.
 Data received from the Migration Service of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure on 8 December 2020.