Since 2006, the Jinishian Memorial Program (JMP) has implemented vital projects to serve the Armenian community in Georgia, in collaboration with the Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese. The programs are designed to preserve the Armenian culture, language, and spirit and foster community development, vocational education, and spiritual uplift. Some of the main projects include the renovation of the Tumanyan home-museum community center in Tbilisi, the establishment of the educational community center in Batumi, and the organization of vocational education training series in Tsalka.
Expansion of the Education, Cultural, and Spiritual Program of the Armenian Diocese of Georgia
Extend Your Hand Education Program
The Tumanyan Vernatun Center in Tbilisi
The Batumi Educational, Cultural, and Youth Center
Vocational Training for Armenian Youth of the Tsalka Region
Sunday School for School Age Armenian Children of Javakhq
IT trainings in Ninotsminda
JMP partnered with the Armenian Diocese of Georgia in a renovation project to expand their educational and cultural center. The expansion of space allows more children and youth from socially vulnerable families and groups to partake in activities in a safe and nurturing environment. Some of the activities include spiritual and national education as well as arts and crafts to help foster their artistic skills, creativity, and self-expression.
This program provided educational support to pre-school children and youth from impoverished families and groups. The program was also designed to help ease integration into school and community life by building confidence in their own strengths. Some of the strength building activities included arts and crafts, performance arts, and education-focused activities.
JMP’s summer camp program aims to enrich the physical, spiritual, and social lives of school-aged children from poverty-stricken families from Akhalkalak and neighboring Armenian villages. The program offers a full range of stimulating and entertaining activities such as daily sports and learning opportunities such as language, music, dance, and arts & crafts. The children also partake in spiritual discussions and other religious experiences. The camp is a positive and safe place where kids can learn to value their Armenian identity and Christian faith.
JMP supported the much-needed restoration of the community center. This fundamental center supports the fruitful work of intellectuals, writers, and public figures and is designed to raise national awareness of Armenians both in the city and in Georgia. It inspires and promotes the education of young Armenians, the research and development of Armenian folklore and ethnography, the flowering of oral folk arts, and the strengthening of Armenian-Georgian literary and cultural ties.
JMP supported the restoration of this essential center so that children and youth from Batumi and its neighborhood can fulfill their spiritual and cultural needs and increase their Armenian pride and identity. The center is an inspiring and safe space for children to learn Armenian songs, dances, folklore, etc.
This program strengthened Armenian communities and their cultural life by providing vocational training and specialized professional opportunities to youth ages 12-17. The youth were trained in pottery and teka making through organized classes in the public school. To promote further initiatives, the youth participated in small-scale income generating activities such as organizing exhibitions to show and sell their own pieces.
JMP contributed to the spiritual education of 100 school-age Armenian children from Akhlqalaq and the surrounding villages. In Sunday school, children participated in learning activities to grow their Christian faith and understanding.
JMP provided schoolchildren grades 9-12 from the Armenian community of Ninotsminda, with IT education and skills. The program helped empower youth by improving their practical IT skills.