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.
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
We are a home for those who have none.