28 նոյեմբեր, 2016 12:31
Stigmatized, neglected and even hidden, people with mental disabilities are people that the Armenian society keeps rejecting. However, some organizations open their doors. One of them is Prkutyun/Salvation NGO. A garden full of flowers and pomegranates trees surrounds the Center located on Chekhov Street in Yerevan. Aram is painting the trees with the help of his occupational therapist. Others are peacefully drawing cars or ducks on sheets of paper. Cigarettes and Prkutyun’s birth “In the 90’s, I remember a little boy with mental disability. He didn’t use to go to school. Instead, his parents sent him begging for cigarettes or money from strangers,” tells Arpine Abrahamyan, director of Prkutyun NGO, a day center for disabled young people. It was right after this observation, in 1999, that the educationalist decided to address the issue and set up Prkutyun, meaning salvation; the NGO that she has been dedicated to ever since.