30 young women and men from different UNDP projects in more than 25 settlements in Armenia were engaged in distribution and monitoring activities to support UNDP's response efforts to COVID-19, including distribution of emergency packages to elderly people. Many of them also prepared brief narratives sharing their field work experience.
Prior to the field work, the volunteers received individual protection equipment and attended an online training to better understand the entire distribution process - safety rules aimed at protecting against infection and reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
It should be noted that the rapid mobilization of volunteers and the willingness to do the assigned, as well as extra work were invaluable. This cooperation has once again proved that we have reliable allies in the communities who have adopted a transparent and accountable work style and are guided by the principle of “leave no one behind”.
The volunteers are the beneficiaries of “Women and Youth for Innovative Local Development”, “Integrated Support to Rural Development: Building Resilient Communities”, and Enhancing Human Security in Communities of Armenia projects. These projects are respectively funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the United Nations Human Security Fund, which is jointly implemented with UNDP, UNICEF, UNIDO, IOM, FAO and WFP.