OROROTZ - CRADLE PROJECT
A healthy start for Armenia’s infants
The Armenian Ministry of Social Security, the Ministry of Health,
and various NGOs estimate that there are currently over five thousand
families in Armenia with children under the age of one living
in conditions of extreme poverty. The Ororotz, or “Cradle”
Project, was founded in May 2002 in order to aid rural Armenian
families in the care of their newest members.
Ororotz’s ultimate goal is to promote healthy, warm, and
nourished children growing up in stable families. The project
is designed to help families minimize the cost of caring for their
children, which often drives fathers to emigrate in search of
work or pushes desperate parents to place their children in orphanages.
Ororotz supports newborn children in impoverished regions by
providing their families with pediatric care, medical and nutritional
supplies and awareness programs to ensure healthy development
in the critical first year of life.
The program includes proper prenatal care for mothers along with
child care education in local clinics, hospitals, and community
institutions. Families enrolled in the program will receive:
- Free inoculations for their babies
- Four pediatric visits per year
- Deliveries of “Survival Kits”
The Survival Kits are designed to complement the four maturation
stages of a baby’s first year. The kits will include essentials
from baby powder, bed linens and bottles to hygiene products,
blankets and baby clothing. Funding a full year of an infant’s
essential needs through a Survival Kit costs $150. $900 will fund
Survival Kits for six infants, for one year. No overhead is taken
from the funds donated to Ororotz and every dollar results in
direct aid to safeguarding the livelihood of Armenia’s most
Ororotz is the first program to pool the resources of the Armenian
Ministry of Social Security, the Ministry of Health, as well as
various NGOs, business people and Diasporan donors to address
early childhood care throughout Armenia.
Ororotz launched in the spring of 2003. Financing needs for the
first year of the program were $860,000 and $750,000 for each
Every Armenian infant’s first breath is a defining moment
in our national destiny. Your support can ensure that Armenia’s
neediest babies make it beyond cradle and into a life of possibility.