The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia has announced that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be providing an additional $1 million in support to Armenians who have been forcibly displaced from Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
This aid will benefit 19,300 displaced individuals through the USAID-funded Protection, Inclusion, and Empowerment Activity Program, administered by Democracy International. The initiative was formally launched at an event held in Yerevan, where displaced persons received essential humanitarian assistance in the form of food and hygiene items.
Key figures attending the event included Anna Zhamakochyan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs; Matthew Laird, Acting Deputy Mission Director of USAID/Armenia; and Liesbeth Zonneveld, Country Director of Democracy International Armenia.
The distribution of assistance began in December 2023 and will continue for six months, covering regions including Yerevan, as well as Ararat, Kotayk, Lori, Shirak, Syunik, and Tavush Provinces. This support is being facilitated through a consortium of organizations.
During the event, participants observed the distribution of humanitarian aid and engaged with beneficiaries to better understand their needs and challenges.