Armenia Young Life Est. 1998
Armenia is located in the southern Caucasus, bordered by Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south and Turkey on the west. The country faces ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan over the ethnic Armenian-dominated regions, and borders with Turkey remain closed. In 2015, Armenia observed the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Massacre, when over one million of their countrymen were killed. They have faced a severe economic recession and are experiencing high unemployment with an average monthly income of $300. Poverty is prevalent, and much of the male population has left the region looking for jobs outside of Armenia, creating many "social orphans" on the street and large populations in orphanages and state-run care centers. 

Young Life has entered into this population and provided safe places for kids to meet and learn about Jesus,scholarships and camp experiences, mentoring, athletic programs, and interim housing for newly released orphans. The ministry gives a tremendous level of emotional support and modeling to their communities. 

​​Young Life Armenia Camp is located just 90 minutes from Yerevan in Artavaz, Armenia, along the Marmarik River, the site was formerly used as a Young Pioneer Communism camp for kids between the ages of 10 and 17. Check out the history of the property and see what it looked like in the 1950s and '60s.

With the fall of the Soviet Union and Armenia's independence in 1991, the camp was abandoned. The existing structures on the property have fallen into disrepair, but most are still stable enough to be renovated.     

In 2013, more than 1,900 Armenian kids attended Young Life camps in tents on rented facilities. Much more space is needed as kids are clamoring for the opportunity to get away from the pressures they face in everyday life.

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