SAVING ORPHANED & DISADVANTAGED GIRLS FOR 13 YEARS

Our mission is to help orphaned and disadvantaged young women in Armenia break the cycle of dependency by providing education, job and vocational training, and a loving home environment.  Our program saves girls (ages 18-24) from a life on the streets, as victims of poverty, neglect, prostitution, and trafficking by teaching leadership skills and self-sufficiency. Mer Doon is a non-political and non-governmental organization, and does not have any religious affiliations. Kindly remember Mer Doon in your charitable giving.

 Saving lives

  25.3.19

One of "Mer doon" NGO residents (we do not publish the name for obvious reasons) was operated in the Nork Marash Medical Center. The surgery has passed very well and now she feels better.
On 1.10.18 our girl was examined at "Master Pharm" Medical Center , Etchmiadzin, by Dr. Galstyan and it's found out that she had a serious health problem and needed an urgent surgery. As the operation was quite expensive we applied to various charitable foundations, individual benefactors and state institutions for gathering the amount, but few of them replied. 
We would like to express our profound gratitude to Steve Ashekian, "Mer Doon" NGO US Chairman and George Yacoubian, Chairman of SOAR Charity Foundation for the great help and support in making the surgery real, as well as the RA Ministry of Health and Nork Marash Medical Center for support. 
Thank you to everyone who made donation. Every donation is greatly appraciated.
"Mer Doon" fully supports its residents.

EDUCATION
EMPOWERMENT
LIFE SKILLS
INDEPENDENCE

The Facts

A $32-billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise, according to the U.S. State Department.
 

An estimated 27 million people are victims of the crime, which involves being forced to perform labor or commercial sex acts.  Roughly 6 million of these victims are children.



What's Happening in Armenia

Poverty is the primary cause of trafficking in Armenia.  Since men are more likely to get a job, women are marginalized and are at higher risk of being trafficked. Women are often abused, and these conditions are breeding grounds for human traffickers.
 

Since Armenia has experienced a relatively stable government in the past 5 years, tourism has increased. According to the Justice for Youth, this safe environment has made Armenia a destination for the sex trade. In the past, Armenia had been considered a "resource nation" - sending their girls to places like Turkey, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Today, it's an open country with underground brothels.

 

On January 29, 2016, Armenian President Serge Sarkisyan signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to jointly fight against trafficking, illegal purchase and sale of drugs, illegal immigration, and terrorism.

 

Mer Doon is a Safe Haven
Mer Doon is one of only a few organizations in Armenia today that provides a home for girls who have aged out of the orphanage system and have nowhere to go. We are unique because our girls live together in a house, with our loving and nurturing staff, during their teen and young adult years. Mer Doon understands that orphaned and disadvantaged girls in Armenia are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse. They need to be taught strength, self-awareness, and confidence.

 

We provide a solid academic education as well as ongoing and comprehensive job and life skills training to prepare our residents to live safe and successful lives as independent women.  We teach them to raise their voices against oppression, abuse, and inequality.

HUMAN & SEX TRAFFICKING:

A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

MER DOON'S RECENT NEWS & EVENTS

The sincere conversation of Tigranuhi Karapetyan

29 December,2019

I want no child to become an orphan, I want my daughters to be happy. 

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At the event in Jrarby Community

28 December,2019

Mer Doon NGO was invited to the event organized by Jrarby Municipality. We are thankful to the head of Community for invitation, warm welcome and a beautiful event.

SOAR event

 24 December, 2019

"Mer Doon" NGO was invited to participate in Christmas event organized by SOAR Charity Foundation. Our thanks to George Yacoubian and SOAR team for the beautiful event, invitation and gifts. 

The wife of Prime Minister of Armenia visited Mer doon

 23 December, 2019

Anna Hakobyan, the wife of Prime Minister of Armenia visited Mer doon. We welcomed her very warmly with performances, hande made gifts. The girls represented Mer doon and she was very impressed.

"I loved Mer doon and Mer doon big family. From the first moment of the meeting, I felt great warmth, caring for one another, and a family enviroment. Every minute spent with you was very touching and very expensive. Here are some of these wonderful gifts I received during a visit to Mer Doon. 18-24-year-old girls who stay without parental care live in Mer Doon, they receive education and bring-up here..During the visit, I met really bright girls who receive caring attitude, can not only be a full member of society, but also the best part of it". - wrote Anna Hakobyan.
P.S. Gifts are their idea and handmade 

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Completion of culinary courses

14 December,2019

"Mer Doon" NGO girls received graduation certificates of two-month culinary course organized within the framework of the Civic Education Campus grant program.
We are thankful to the Article 3 Human Rights and Civic Camp Grant Program.

Visiting Spitak

7 December, 2019

We visited Spitak and bowed flowers in front of the monument to the victims of the Spitak earthquake and the great benefactor Kirk Kirkorian. "No matter how long passed after the Spitak earthquake, we will always remember our innocent victims. 

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At the concert

6 December,2019

Apartments for orphanage graduates

2 December,2019

The state will provide housing for 301 orphanage graduates.

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"I could hardly restrain myself from slapping those parents after I found them"

2 December,2019

"I could hardly restrain myself from slapping those parents after I found them" - said Tigranuhi Karapetyan 

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Meeting with Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

27 November,2019

Zaruhi Batoyan, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, mentioned in her Facebook page,- “Today in Echmiadzin I met many bright young girls. They are former residents of orphanages operated by the Ministry, who now live in “Mer Doon” NGO. We arranged to have another meeting at the ministry to help us improve our policies and services aimed at empowering girls and women, securing their economic independence and protecting their rights”

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Celebrating "Mer doon" NGO's birthday

11.11.2019

In 2005 two great-hearted, kind, caring, strong women, Julie Ashekian and Tigranuhi Karapetyan created "Mer doon" NGO. Mrs. Karapetyan continues her mission, giving her love and care, dedication and endless energy. Unfortunately, our beloved Julie Ashekian is not with us, but her son, Steve Ashekian, continues her mission and "Mer doon" continues its humanitarian work for what we are thankful to him. Congratulations to all of us - Steve Ashekian, Tigranuhi Karapetyan, staff and girls on their birthday. We wish you good health, many years of work and joy.
On November 11, 2006, Our Home opened its doors to the graduating girls of the orphanage. During these 13 years we have had about 70 beneficiaries. They have received higher and secondary vocational education, 20 are married and have 30 grandchildren. Our home has become a hope for young girls to shape their sustainable future and stand on their feet.

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U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne M. Tracy

8.11.19

"Mer Doon” guest was U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne M. Tracy. We talked about the importance of education and the empowerment of Armenian women. The Ambassador was very impressed with the work of Mer Doon, the dedication of Mrs. Karapetyan and the staff "You are making a contribution to the future of Armenia." We are thankful to US Ambassador Lin M. Tracy for a visit, appreciation of our work and advices to girls.

Cooking lessons

19 October,2019

A cooking classes began at "Mer doon" NGO. And they are continuing with our deares chef Janna. On Saturdays and Sundays, our girls learned how to make a beautiful birthday cakes, delicious trendy cakes, salads.
The training is conducted in the framework of the "Article 3" Human Rights and Civic Camp Grant Program. Elena Harutyunyan, a camp participant, is the author of the course idea.

Cooperation

25 October,2019

Cooperation with "Zest" psychological and personality developmet center. Mer Doon NGO staff started classes at the center. 

Impact Humanity Festival two-day Television and Film Festival

15.10.2019

“Mer doon” NGO president Tigranuhi Karapetyan took part in Impact Humanity Festival two-day Television and Film Festival which was held in Armenia from October 15-16, 2019, one of the key international events on the agenda of the Aurora Forum – a sweeping week of activities that will focus on humanity’s progress in spite of the local and global obstacles and will highlight the best of the World’s social, academic, educational, entertainment, media and humanitarian practices.

Echmiadzin festival

8 October,2019

Mer doon NGO took part in Echmiadzin 2704th anniversary celebrations. We performed traditional Armenian wedding process. We also took part in kufta festival. We got certificate of appreciation from the mayor of Echmiadzin for active participation in the festival and for participating in kufta festival where we represented 4 types of kufta. They were delicious. Thank you for appreciation. 

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Walnut fest, Ashtarak.

5 October,2019

In Ashtarak's yearly wallnut festival Mer doon NGO girls took part in competition and won prizes

1000 years of village life festival

This year Mer doon NGO participated in 1000 years of village life festival in Pshatavan, Marz of Armavir. It is all about rural traditions where visitors can become familiar with, enjoy and participate in a rural lifestyle, spend a day with a family in a village house and participate in different activities. Mer doon girls were in different yards performing their handicrafts and qufta making process.

 

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World Tourism Day

27 September, 2019

“Mer Doon” at World Tourism Day event.

Cultural Day

26 September,2019

The greatest Armenian poetess of 20th century Silva Kaputikyan’s sculpture opening at school N145 after S. Kaputikyan. Sculptor Levon Tokmajian “Mer doon” best friend.

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The 9th Pan- Armenian Dolma Festival

23 September,2019

Awarded to ”Mer Doon” NGO as “The best team” of the 9th Pan- Armenian Dolma Festival

Countries Under The Same Roof Festival-Forum-Award - Ceremony

22 September, 2019

Tigranuhi Karapetyan, President of "Mer doon" NGO, is nominated for the annual "Countries Under Same Roof" award.

Within the framework of Countries Under The Same Roof Festival-Forum-Award - Ceremony a “Benevolent Woman” certificate was awarded to “Mer Doon” NGO President Tigranuhi Karapetyan.

She helps the orphaned and disadvantaged girls become more empowered by providing a caring home environment, education, work and professional opportunities.

The International Business Relations Support Council highly appreciates such dedication and humanitarian work and hopes that the number of such women like Tigranuhi karapetyan will increase in our society.

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Hovhannes Tumanyan House-Museum

15 September, 2019

"Mer doon" girls visited the birthplace of the poet H. Tumanyan (1869-1923) in Dsegh village of Lori province which was turned into House-Museum in 1939. Nearly 300 precious items are maintained here depicting the excellent writer’s activity and life. The poet’s bust (produced by A. Urartu in 1953) is placed in the yard and a chapel was constructed in 1994 in the museum yard where the poet’s heart is maintained.

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Winter Preparations

23 August, 2019

Girls are getting ready for winter. Tasty tasty tasty! 

Gardening

15 August, 2019

"Mer doon" girls are the best. Gardening. Removing different types of weeds from fruit trees

Handworks

12 August,2019

Mer doon girls are busy with making beautiful bracelets with Armenian colours.

Pilgrimage to Sevanavank Monastery

10 August, 2019

We visited Sevanavank Monastery. We prayed for our Julie tatik and for all the sponors who're supporting "Mer Doon" NGO to continue it's mission. We're thankful to you for making our girl's future safer.

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Happiness

26 July,2019

"Mer Doon" grandchildren visited us. We wish them to be happy and have a safe childhood. We are happy to see that our girls greated strong families. God bless you!

Old People's Home

18 July,2019

"Mer doon" NGO staff and the girls visited Old people’s home bringing joy and happiness, warmth and love to old people living there.

Newborn

18 July, 2019

Congratulations Mer Doon jan. We have a newborn

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13 July, 2019

Meeting with the students of Armenian-Greek College of Tourism

"Without tie"

9 July, 2019

An interview with "Mer doon" NGO President Tigranuhi Karapetyan

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Charity visit to Lori Province

10 July, 2019

"Mer Doon" NGO went to Spitak, Lori Province with a charity action. We visited German district. Our girls brought great joy and happiness to all the resdients of the district. P.S.This district is still deprived of basic household and communal amenities.We had a very interesting and full day. We also had a meeting with Governor of Lori Province Andrey Ghukasyan and we would like to thank him for his attention and warm welcome.

Congratulations

9 July,2019

We are happy to announce that "Mer Doon" NGO resident Maria Sargsyan has got her diploma today. She has finished Yerevan State Armenian-American College “Erebouni” She is awarded the qualification of Midwife. It’s a great achievement for her and a happiness for all of us. Congratulations. May all your dreams become true.

Our guest

5 July,2019

Mer doon guest was an actress Agnesa Shahnazaryan.

House Blessing

1 July, 2019

May God protect our mission and our sponsers for their generosity. Thank you all for supporting "Mer doon" NGO.

Our best friends' visit

27 June, 2019

Our special thanks to Jackie Melkonian Elchemmas and her team for a visit. You are our best friends. Thank you Jackie jan, thank yo team and thank you St. John’s Armenian Church Women’s Guild.

I am not guilty for growing up in an orphanage

11 June,2019

More than 300 graduates of Armenian orphanages have a housing problem. The state has an obligation in this regard, which has not been properly implemented to date. Today the relevant body is developing a project that will try to solve the problem. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is also interested in resolving the issue of housing for children left without parental care, living with relatives and other institutions. The first deputy of minister said they would try to achieve this in a phased manner.

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Pilgrimage to Akhtala Monastery

14 June, 2019

A wonderful day full of positive emotions. Pilgrimage to Akhtala Monastery. Then rafting on the river Debed, Lori Province. 

 

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Award Ceremony

30.5.2019

"Mer doon" NGO president Tigranuhi Karapetyan was awarded a diploma "For a great contribution to the field of charity" from Armenia-Diaspora-Artsakh Pan-Armenian magazine. Thank you for appreciating our work.

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Ascension Day

30.5.2019

We are celebrating Ascension Day at "Mer doon" NGO.

At the concert

26.5.19

"Mer Doon" NGO at the concert dedicated to the 95th Anniversary of Charles Aznavour.

The visit of Ambassador of France

We were honored to welcome the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France Mr. Jonathan Lacote and the mayor of Echmiadzin Diana Gasparyan at "Mer Doon" NGO.

Festival of Dolma

19.5.2019

"Mer Doon" NGO took part in "The 9th Pan-Armenian Festival of Dolma" and got a certificate of gratitude for participation.

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Guest Speaker

18.5.19

"Mer Doon" NGO guest was Anahit Harutyunyan, the head of Haybusak University. Thanks her for visit and useful conversation.

5.05.19

"Mer Doon" NGO organized an event dedicated to the International Family Day which was supported by the Municipality of Echmiadzin.
The speakers were Mayor of Ejmiatsin Diana Gasparyan, Mariam Mehrabyan, Geghanush Gyunashyan, Emma Tananyan, Atsinte Apitonyan, and Artak Senior Priest Simonyan. They talked about the model and values ​​of the Armenian family. Thanks them for accepting the invitation. "Mer Doon" NGO girls also made speeches at the event.
The family is a source of love, respect, tolerance, on which a civilized society is formed, without which one can not survive.

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Mercury Award Ceremony

28 March,2019

According to the decision of RA Chamber of Commerce and Industry “Mercury” prize was awarded to Tigranuhi Karapetyan “Mer Doon” NGO president, in the nomination of “Successful Humanitarianism and Mercy”. We want to share this happiness with all of you. Congratulations to Mer Doon staff, girls, friends and supporters.

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Saving lives

25.3.19

One of "Mer doon" NGO residents (we do not publish the name for obvious reasons) was operated in the Nork Marash Medical Center. The surgery has passed very well and now she feels better.
On 1.10.18 our girl was examined at "Master Pharm" Medical Center , Etchmiadzin, by Dr. Galstyan and it's found out that she had a serious health problem and needed an urgent surgery. As the operation was quite expensive we applied to various charitable foundations, individual benefactors and state institutions for gathering the amount, but few of them replied. 
We would like to express our profound gratitude to Steve Ashekian, "Mer Doon" NGO US Chairman and George Yacoubian, Chairman of SOAR Charity Foundation for the great help and support in making the surgery real, as well as the RA Ministry of Health and Nork Marash Medical Center. 
Thank you to everyone who made donation. Every donation is greatly appraciated.
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Clean-up day

23 March,2019

“Mer Doon” NGO staff and girls have joined the "Clean Armenia" national clean-up day. We are cleaning Zoravar Andranik Street. We have got a Certificate of gratitude from Echmiadzin municipality for participating in the “Clean Armenia” national clean-up day. 

Cultural Day

22 March,2019

Girls were watching a play at State Chamber Musical Theatre