Another part of Pyunic’s building will be turned onto “Prosthetic Lab” in cooperation with the company that is involved in the production and sale of rehabilitation supporting devices.
Taking into account the complaints of Pyunic’s beneficiaries from the exiting prosthetic, orthopaedic services, Pyunic proposed this company to establish a lab with all modern technical means on Pyunic’s premises. The company accepted the offer, agreed to open the lab and provide high quality services to people with disabilities in Armenia.
It is planned to construct a part of Pyunic’s building and turn it into hostel in 2019.
The construction will start in January. The aim of this project is to create a source for income for the organization a part of which will be directing on the implementation of social projects of Pyunic. The hostel will be constructed by donations of different individuals.
In March 10, 2019 a big fundraising event will be organized in California to collect the remaining amount of money to bring the construction of the hostel to its successful end.
In May 23-28, 2018 Greta Vardanyan, Pyunic’s athlete participated in the European para-powerlifting championship in Berck-Sur-Mer, France. Grate’s participation became possible due to the support of EU delegation in Armenia, through the project “Promoting the Social Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Building the Capacities of Armenian Civil Society Organisations to Engage with Council of Europe Monitoring Mechanisms” implemented by “Pyunic” and its international partner “ACCESS”. Greta’s participation in this championship was very important as it is a qualification event before Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games.
170 participants from 33 countries participated in the event. In 61 kg class category Greta was placed the 4th among European participants.
In November 2016- August 2017 Pyunic implemented “Cklay Workshop for People with Disabilities” project. The aim of the project is assist to the integration of persons with disabilities into the society providing vocational training. Master of ceramic works Shahe Dirantonian did the first lesson in the institute museum named after Komitas introducing Kutina Ceramic works, then the lessons were implemented in Pyunic center clay workshop. The ministry of Culture provided Pyunic with samples of Kutina ceramic works and participants of the class besides making of their qwn works made copies of the samples of Kutina.
Prepared works were demonstrated during “Europe Day 2017”, concert by Talalian brothers and Art museum of Yerevan.
Since its inception “Pyunic” has organized more than 45 summer and winter sports rehabilitation camps attended by more than 5000 children and youth with disabilities. Each camp is comprised of three-four sessions, and totally 90-120 children have rest in the campsite, The days are full of events and activities, they play different indoor and outdoor games, organize performances, very often inviting other people who rest in the rest home.
In 2010-2012 in cooperation with Free wheelchair Mission American organization “Pyunic” distributed 1050 wheelchair in all over Armenia, giving mobility to persons with disabilities in the remote regions of the country.
The tutoring of the HELP distance course stated on May 9 and the 78 participants with and without disabilities are currently studying the anti-discrimination module. To facilitate exchange with the participants, as well as to send additional instructions on the course material and tests, the tutor has set up a Facebook group where the participants receive daily updates and follow the course. This has proved very efficient for the participants with special needs, as they can address their questions to the tutor and the rest of the group directly in a written form. The participants are also having regular video conferences with the tutor at the start of each module. On May 26, they had a Facebook conference on the assessment tests and case studies included in Module 1 (Non-Discrimination).
In April 5-6, 2018 Pyunic organized roundtable training in Vanadzor. Representatives of civil society organizations, local municipalities participated in the event. Invited national and international experts touched the topics like Rights of migrants with disabilities and elderly persons with disabilities, Persons with disabilities deprived of their liberty, Civil society participation in the CoE monitoring bodies and advocacy campaigns at national and international levels.
The event was a kick-off meeting of the HELP course on the rights of persons with disabilities for NGO representatives, introduction to the Council of Europe HELP platform.
The course is designed and adapted for those representatives of civil society organizations and legal professionals who are interested to improve their knowledge on how to protect right of persons with disabilities. The event was channeled by the local “Lori” TV.
In November 30 –December 1, 2017, Pyunic organized a roundtable training in Gyumri. During the two days seminar representatives of 45 NGO that cooperate with Pyunic within the frameworks of the project “Promoting the Social Rights of Persons with Disabilities by Building the Capacities of Armenian Civil Society Organisations to Engage with Council of Europe Monitoring Mechanisms” and representatives of local municipalities carried active discussions on the Role of Local Authorities in Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Accessibility and Universal Design, Rights of Children with Disabilities, Council of Europe and Advocacy Opportunities for Civil Society and Advocacy and Lobbying. Invited local and international expersts facilitated the sessions and shared their knowlegde with participants. Studentsd of Gyumri Pedagogic University took active part in the discussions and well as in the «Living Library» activity. The event was reported over the local TV channel “Tsaig”.
Public education and awareness building campaign of Pyunic includes organization of marathons to sensitize public on the situation and rights of persons with disabilities.
Last year on the 20th of October over hundred participants with and without disabilities took off from Aram Khachaturyan concert hall of the Opera House for Etchmiadzin on wheelchairs, bicycles, and fооt. Upon the completion of the Marathon high-ranking clergy met and passed his traditional greetings to the participants.