USAID and Partners Launch the Community Level Access to Social Services Project

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Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, Davit Lokyan (left) speaks at the public launch of the USAID-funded CLASS project.
Armine Karabekian, USAID/Armenia

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 4, 2017

USAID, World Vision Armenia and the Child Development Foundation announced the launch of the Community Level Access to Social Services project during a public event held in Yerevan on December 4. In attendance at the event were Armenia’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Davit Lokyan, USAID/Armenia Mission Director Deborah Grieser, Country Programme Director of World Vision Armenia Zhirayr Edilyan, Director of the Child Development Foundation Lusine Simonyan, and representatives of organizations working in the field.

The Community Level Access to Social Services or CLASS is a three-year project, funded by USAID and implemented by World Vision Armenia and the Child Development Foundation. The project will target capital Yerevan and all the ten provinces of Armenia, supporting the establishment of a community-based social worker position within the structure of local governments and enhancing the communities’ ability to identify, prevent and address their social issues, with the ultimate goal of promoting the establishment of community-based social services in Armenia.

“We appreciate our close and continued partnership with local organizations and the Government of Armenia in strengthening social protection in the country,” Deborah Grieser noted in her welcome remarks. “The new project will build on the accomplishments of USAID’s projects supporting the Armenian government’s reforms in the areas of social protection and local governance. The project will introduce over 50 community social workers in the 264 targeted communities of Armenia.”

“This project will help bring social services even closer to the community. The services will become more accessible, while the enhancement of cooperation between different levels of social services will positively contribute to the improvement of the quality of life for most vulnerable families,” said Zhirayr Edilyan.

“The Child Development Foundation is pleased to implement the project in four marzes of Armenia where no complex activities promoting social work have ever been carried out. Through this project, community social workers will use the same methodology of work throughout the entire country. They will stand closer to the population, helping to best address the existing issues,” noted Lusine Simonyan.

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