YEREVAN, September 18. / ARKA /. Philip Morris International has provided Orran non-governmental organization with a 5.8 million dram assistance to finance a program called The future is in your hands, designed to train children from vulnerable families, the company said in a statement.
"The purpose of the program is to assist 76 children registered with Orran. They are from vulnerable families aged 6-15 years. The money will be used to organize a needlework course for 30 children, wood carving course for 18 and pottery course for 28 children," according to the statement.
The program will help prepare the children for unassisted life, provide them with new skills and an opportunity to earn money for their families by honest labor.
The products made by children will be offered for sale - 20% of the proceeds will be paid to children and their teachers, and the remaining 60% will be used to buy new materials for further work.
Employees of Philip Morris Armenia will regularly attend Orran to monitor the progress of the program and its results.
From 1997 to 2012 Philip Morris has directed 121 million drams to various charity projects in Armenia to help the disabled, World War II veterans, orphans, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia.
In 1988, when Philip Morris International was not present in Armenia, it sent f 70 tons of food and other goods, worth $250,000 to help people who survived the devastating earthquake. -0-