These stories and photos, submitted by JMP staff and volunteers around the world, illustrate the grassroots work of JMP in Armenian communities, “enabling Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope …” Each Jinishian site reaches out to the elderly, children, working families and communities in its own unique way.
Changing Lives at Summer Camp
by Ani Cholakian
Jinishian Memorial Program’s (JMP) summer camps offer poverty-stricken children a positive, fun and safe environment, a respite from their onerous lives. In 2010, JMP Syria organized three summer camps for children from Aleppo, Damascus and Kamishly. More than 100 children ages 9 to 13 participated in the camps. While emphasizing safety and having fun, campers learn life skills, gain independence and make lasting friendships. Among other things, the camps teach children how to cope with stress and anxiety and help build their problem-solving and decision-making skills.
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