Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP)

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP)


BCPP aims to reduce the effects of poverty in Armenia’s Tavush Province by empowering families and communities to become more self-sufficient and build a strong foundation for the next generation. The program aims to accomplish this through improved access to training and education, better nutrition, child protection, healthcare and other significant resources, as well as family stabilization and assistance, development of sustainable industry, and a multi-faceted approach, which involves working in partnership with the government, civil society and the private sector.

Types of Services

  • Family assessment; design and provision of social assistance packages
  • Parental skills development
  • Health screening for children (aged 6 months to 6 years)
  • Provision of nutritious menus to kindergartens in eight rural communities
  • Tuition and stipends for youth pursuing higher education and vocational training
  • Hobby groups in sports, arts and crafts
  • Sunday schools
  • Economic development opportunities for individual families and communities, including vocational training in sewing to produce eco-bags, family-owned and operated greenhouses, and the provision of domestic animals
  • Community education events on public health issues
  • Continuing Medical Education for local physicians, nurses and healthcare workers


  • To improve the health of children (aged 6 months – 6 years) in Tavush Province.
  • To promote a dignified childhood for 700+ children from poor families in the Shamshadin Region of Tavush.
  • To significantly increase the adult population’s awareness and knowledge of children’s health.
  • To foster the economic development of targeted communities through the support of job creation, entrepreneurship and the formation of infrastructure for sustainable industry.
  • To increase capacity of local healthcare providers to administer higher quality healthcare and medical services.
  • To develop and set up sustainable tools and methodologies for public health education and professional development, in partnership with national and local healthcare institutions.
  • To contribute to the financial and social stabilization of 250 vulnerable families per year.
  • To develop a replicable program model for other regions of Armenia.

Inception Date


Bagrat Sargsyan, FAR Armenia Director
Margarit Piliposyan, FAR Armenia Program Director
Edik Karapetyan, FAR Armenia Education and Science Programs Coordinator
Hambardzum Simonyan, FAR Armenia Healthcare Programs Coordinator
Mira Antonyan, Executive Director, FAR Children’s Center
Lusine Grigoryan, FAR Berd Office Coordinator

Average Annual budget



  • Mardigian Family Foundation
  • Regional administration for Tavush Province
  • Municipal government for the town of Berd and all of its 16 surrounding rural communities
  • Regional healthcare establishments
  • Local clergy
  • Local educational establishments
  • Local & international NGOs
  • Local businesses
  • Ministry of Health for the Republic of Armenia
  • World Vision
  • World Food Program
  • Rotaract of the Rotary Club of Yerevan
  • CASP/Women’s Guild Central Council (Eastern)
  • Diocese Sunday School Lenten Drive
  • Individual donations

Number of Beneficiaries (last 3 years)

  • Support packages for 260 families with three or more children
  • Health screenings for 670 children (aged 6 months – 6 years)
  • Tuition and stipends provided to 35 children
  • Hobby groups and Sunday school classes for 200 children
  • Trainings for 12 healthcare professionals
  • Public health workshops for 100 community members

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