The Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has built an indoor therapy pool and related amenities at the Children’s Home of Gyumri, which shelters and provides care to children with physical and mental disabilities. The project was sponsored by the fund’s Swiss affiliate.
The 30-square-meter, 70-centimeter-deep pool is complemented by a dressing room, a shower room with a separate section for massage therapy, and restrooms. Featuring a heating and ventilation system for year-round operation, the pool is designed to provide access to children with physical disabilities through a ramp as well as a mechanical crane for wheelchairs.
“The pool is a great help in developing motor skills and strengthening muscles through aquatic exercises. The medical staff will receive thorough training in hydrotherapy,” said Children’s Home director Ruzanna Avagyan in a phone interview. “The pool is also open, free of charge, to children with limited abilities who live with local families.”
Close to 130 children under six years of age live and receive professional care at the Children’s Home. When they reach age six, they’re placed in similar specialized facilities.
In 2011-2012, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund implemented a complete renovation of the two buildings of the Children’s Home. The project was sponsored by the fund’s German affiliate. Following the development, the Fund reconstructed and furnished the playground, as well as provided the orphanage with additional furniture and equipment.