YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Children who spend their holidays in summer camps run by the Confederation of Trade Unions of Armenia have their eyes examined and if necessary–provided with glasses. Talking to Noyan Tapan–Head of the CTUA Public Relations Department Stenik Karakhanian said that the program is being implemented in cooperation with the UMCOR international organization which established a special laboratory to that effect. According to her–the program will be continued and children who have eyesight problems will be provided with treatment.
Besides UMCOR–the CTUA cooperates with other organizations–as well as with local administrations in organizing children’s rest in summer camps. In particular–part of the foodstuff is provided by the Armenian Fund for Relief. Local administrations provide transportation. The camp buildings are repaired by the organizations in charge of them and as compensation these organizations receive 10 percent of the camp vouchers.
Eight camps are operating in Ankavan–Tsakhkadzor–and Sevan this year. 3,000 children from socially vulnerable families and from families of killed freedom-fighters–as well as from the reception center for minors and from boarding-school No.1 in Nubarashen stay at free of charge. 62,000,000 drams have been allocated from the state budget for the organization of the children’s rest–the price of one camp voucher being 20,000 drams (about $40 for 20 days).
It should be noted that in 1988–over 300 camps were operating in Armenia and 150,000 children spent their holidays there. Many camps were destroyed as a result of the earthquake and others were closed as a result of the winding-up of the enterprises. Thus–for a period of five years summer camps had not been operated in Armenia. The CTUA started organizing summer camps five years ago. 5,000 children had stayed in these camps yearly before the summer of 1999. But in 1999–the funds allocated to summer camps were curtailed. 60.195 million drams were allocated in 1999–whereas in 1998 the sum was 83,000,000 drams. In 1999–only nine camps were operating where 3,000 children spent their holidays.