Lake Sevan, located in eastern Armenia, is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the world. The lake is a popular tourist spot, as well as a source of electricity, water for irrigation and fish.
The country has two extremes of weather with winter temperatures falling to -20°C and summer temperatures reaching 40°C.
Natural resources include small deposits of gold, copper, zinc and bauxite.
About 98 percent of Armenia’s population is ethnic Armenian. Most people speak the official language of Armenian, although Yezidis and Russians living here speak their own languages.
Access to safe water
Average annual income
Armenia's transition from the former Soviet centralized system to a market economy has led to a severe drop in living standards and a rise in poverty.
About seven percent (CIA Factbook, 2012) of the workforce is unemployed and over a third of the population (The World Bank, 2010) lives below the poverty line.
40 percent of people belief the only option to find employment is to leave Armenia. Often women are left alone to look after the children while their husbands and elder sons search for work in Russia.
Armenians' limited access to healthcare leaves them struggling with serious health issues like anemia and HIV and AIDS. Children often suffer from sickness caused by cold, moisture and dust.
In both rural and urban areas, school enrollment is high, but many children dropout in order to help their families in the fields.
Assisting communities to develop disaster preparedness programmes.
Working with school councils, parents and student councils to improve the quality of education and give support to those who are most vulnerable.
Ensuring community members are aware of their rights to free healthcare and supporting health professionals to improve standards.
Improving child protection mechanisms in the community and training social workers to support vulnerable families.
Providing food staples and blankets to struggling families after Armenia’s independence in 1991.
Delivering donated food to thousands of hungry people and improving houses for hundreds of families during the early 1990s.
Offering small loans and business training to small and medium-sized business owners in the late 1990s.
Improving mother and child nutrition, HIV and AIDS prevention and disaster relief since 2000.