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.

 

 

Thank you notes from Mer doon girls to Steve Ashekian , Tigranuhi Karapetyan and staff.

The girls are also thankful to donors for their charity donation. They highly appreciate every donation that you do for "Mer Doon" to continue its misson and save lives of vulnarable girls.

 Wishing you stay safe and healthy in this difficult situation for all of us.   

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

Thank you note!

Thank you notes from Mer doon girls to Steve Ashekian , Tigranuhi Karapetyan and staff. Love you girls. We do everything for you to stay safe and healthy.

The girls are also thankful to donors for their charity donation. They highly appreciate every donation that you do for "Mer Doon" to continue its misson and save lives of vulnarable girls.

Wishing you stay safe and healthy in this difficult situation for all of us.   

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Quarantine time

07 April, 2020

We follow to Mrs. Karapetyan's advice and use the isolation period effectively.

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A woman is successful with her perseverance, dedication to work.

"Mer doon" girls are looking for a house

"Mer Doon" four girls received certificates, but one of them has already bought an apartment in Gavar, while the others do not find apartments in Etchmiadzin, Yerevan and other nearby towns.

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Certificates

5 March, 2020

Mer doon NGO staff received Certificates for participating in three-month theoretical and practical course “Child psychologist’s school” (Art Therapy techniques in psychological work with teenagers). We’re thankful to Zhesture Psychological Centre for important day useful courses.

Zhest Psychological Center

Learning Art Therapy techniques in psychological work with teenagers

29 February,2020

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National Assembly of Armenia

Mer Doon NGO staff was at the hearings of the process of implementation of the Armenia-EU Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement at National Assembly of Armenia.

We also met with the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin.

26 February,2020

Congratulations

Education is Mer Doon NGO’s top priority. Mer Doon two girls have a great success in education for what we congratulate them.

20 Februray,2020

Home Blessing Service

One of the holy traditions of the Armenian Church is the Home Blessing Service, Home blessing by Hayr Sipan at Mer Doon.

21 January,2020

When Mrs. Karapetyan hugs me, it seems that my dear mother is hugging me, I feel inexplicable feelings at that moment

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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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.

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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 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.

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We are a home for those who have none.

Mer Doon in Armenia:

Tigranuhi Karapetyan, Executive Director

Zoravar Andraniki Str. 13

Echmiadzin, Republic of Armenia

tigranoohi@yahoo.com

Tel: + (374) 231 5 20 09

www.mer-doon.com

Mer Doon in the U.S.:

Our Home-Mer Doon, Inc.

Stephen Ashekian
17 Gloucester St. #4
Boston, MA 02115

doonmer@gmail.com

www.mer-doon.com

 

 

Mer Doon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization reigstered in the State of Connecticut and a nongovernmental organization registered in the Republic of Armenia.