Torosgyugh

Historico-geographical review

Area 1226 hectare
Population 316
Torosgyugh is situated on the northern foot of Shirak Mountain in the north-west of the Republic of Armenia. The village is considered to be founded in 1828. The community is a neighbor to Goghovit, Arpeni, Tsoghamarg settlements.

Torosgyugh was founded in 1828-30 by the migrants from Harsenqar village of Verin Basen of the Basen province in Mets Hayk in Western Armenia. Inhabitants of the village are mainly Armenians. Collective farming in Torosgyugh was established in 1933, which became state farming in 1978 and was dissolved in 1991. Main branches of agriculture for this period were grain cultivation like wheat, barley and cultivation of forage plants like melilot, potato, as well as cattle breeding.
General privatization process in the village was carried out in 1990-94. In the result family farms were formed.
St. Astvatsatsin church of the village was reconstructed in 1865. It served as a school during Soviet times, later on was a cheese factory and now it is semi-destroyed due to the lack of attention.
The school was founded in 1920; a new typical building was constructed in 1990. The house of culture started its activities in 1938: A new two-story building was constructed in 1990.
Village has no gas supply and telephone.
It is at the height of 1900 – 1960 m above sea level.
Currently the village has 1226-1372 hectare area and 316 inhabitants.
There are 75 households in the village. It has a school, a library, a medical point and communication. A monument to the victims of Great Patriotic War was built in the village in 1975. There are great supplies of drinking water in the village available due to natural springs.

Torosgyugh “Community Center”

A Community center was established in Torosgyugh in 2011 with the support of “Women for development” NGO. The center aimed to encourage the formation of healthy and peaceful lifestyle in the community assisting to the creation of a peaceful and healthy environment. On this purpose actions were taken to develop participatory approach and interest among Torosgyugh community members to create peace and peaceful conflict resolution culture, develop skills in leading healthy lifestyle and health protection among Torosgyugh community members; stimulate work towards the institutionalization of peaceable and healthy centers.

A group of activists was formed during the 2 years of the center’s existence who participate in the activities to reveal community’s primary issues and try to solve them.

With the initiative of “Women for Development” NGO and the “Community center” together with the village mayor, council members, school and kindergarten staff, as well as community members, Torosgyugh complex development plan 2013-2014 was developed. The strategic plan defines the main directions of community development for 2 years. It will become a guide in keeping the quality and high-level of community services, in promoting and increasing them. It will have great impact on the mobilization process of community members and on their participation in the revelation of community issues.

Implemented social projects

TOROSGYUGH COMMUNITY GARDEN

The goal of the project: through solving ecological problems to support mobilization of Torosguygh community, organization of the free time of the population

Project duration: 4 months

Project total budget  – 1405500 AMD

Community contribution – 1 hectare land (1110000 AMD)

WFD contribution – 299600 AMD

Armenia Tree Project – 250 maple and ash trees

Project impact:

-          The sense of civic responsibility of the population towards their village and protection of the environment has increased

The attitude of the community towards public work has changed

TRADITIONAL ARMENIAN DANCE COSTUMES

Dance costumes

The goal of the project: to support mobilization of the community by strengthening the child – parent – community link and to keep the national traditions, develop the esthetic taste of the youth, raise love towards dancing and Armenian national values.

 Project duration –  2months

Project total budget – 2000 USD
The project is funded by the Nairi and Sevan Balyans family in frames of the project “100 for 100” by “Paros” Foundation on the initiative of the NGO “Women for Development”.

Project output:
Armenian national costumes were designed and sawn, shoes were gained for the 30 members of the dance groups from Lanjik and Torosgyugh communities.

Project impact:
 -          The cultural life of Lanjik and Torosguygh communities has become more active
-          The participation of the community members in the organized events has increased
-          Armenian national and traditional dances are preserved and presented in a new way
-          The repertoire is updated and new dances are staged
-          Intercommunity events and trips are being organized

 

ECONOMIC STABILITY THROUGH OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING

The project is implemented through assistance of Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) in frames of the NGO “Women for Development” project “Rural Community Development” (2014 – 2016). The project is worked out by NGO WFD and Peace Corps volunteer Bobbie Seltzer.


Hairdressing posterThe goal of the project.  

-  To improve the quality of life in four villages through the occupational training of several interested women and/or men.

- To provide opportunities for important services to be provided by villagers to villagers thereby keeping limited cash funds within the village and with village families.

Project duration:  7 months

Project total budget:  915.000 AMD

The project funds were raised through contribution of mainly USA citizens in the organized fundraising campaign.

Project outcome: 

  • 4 young women have participated in 5-month training and received certificates. 3 more women and 1 young man received ToT training from the main participants

In 4 beneficiary communities (Arpeni, Torosgiugh, Tsoghamarg and Lanjik) the hairdressing service is established.