History of Alvan TsarikAlvan Tsarik was established in the Netherlands on July 13, 2005.
Initially Alvan Tsarik only occupied itself with educational support. Books, computers and copy machines were sent to the regional library of Gyumri, Armenia.
It was an initiative of Renť Beunk, who used his network with schools to gather books and worked together with students to prepare the transport of materials in their spare time and vacations.
Yet soon, Annie Bodde from Duiven, joined the foundation. She had already been busy organising transports with humanitarian materials for the orphanage Zatik in the capital Jerevan.
These materials were temporarily stored, so they could be shipped by container later on in the process. The American-Armenian foundation UAF has supported us financially several times with the transports, but for that we had to provide UAF with detailed information about the kind and value of the goods to be shipped.
The number of projects slowly increased in the next years. The NGO Azatan became a partner with their community centre. With this partnership a couple of activities, like farming by a loan for buying a tractor and pre-school education by materials and knowledge, were made possible. Our participation offered the members a first opportunity to be noticed by other authorities. The NGO is respected on all sides, in the first place by the community of Azatan.
We furnished our own office and with our own volunteers and the computers we installed there, children from poor families could learn English and computer skills in our Alvan Tsarik School.
In 2007, after the first successful years, a reversal occurred. The supply of books, furniture and computers remained high. And the interest in our work turned out the media attention via papers and television, but the logistic side of our work became more and more difficult. The requirements of the UAF, with regard to the value of the transportation, became more strict and especially the bureaucracy in Armenia started to hinder us.
Because the authorities of the government worked against each other, it was very difficult for our people in Armenia to get the imported containers acknowledged as humanitarian. Without a humanitarian status, we should pay an import tax for the materials in the containers. In 2009, after a computer transport took a disastrous course because of the opposition by several Armenian authorities, we decided to abandon the shipping of materials to our projects.
With this, the cooperation with the orphanage Zatik ended too.
There was still one little ray of hope. There were enough materials for the library in Gyumri and the village projects in Azatan, so for the time being we didnít have to send new materials to them.
Because of the continuous offer of written-off, but still relatively new computers and other things like that in the Netherlands, an opportunity to deal with things differently came by. On account of the fact that we could still use the storage of Tiemex Logistics in Zevenaar, we could gather these materials and, in consultation with the donors, sell them for an inviting price to several institutes in the Netherlands. With the money we raised, we are capable to set up permanent projects.
We made the following deal with the villages:
You are prepared to attend a training in which we show how the nursery system in the Netherlands works and you are going to work with the future nursery teachers and teachers of the lower classes of the primary school with the help of a year program.
Related to the library, we set up a fund of Ä 5,000 to make it possible for the children of the co-workers of the library to pay their fees at the start of the school year. On a yearly basis, about seven or eight children and their parents make an appeal to this fund. During the year, the borrowed money is paid back. We donít ask for any interest in money, we ask for an interest in spare time. So the students and their parents work at several projects in the library, like a play performed for children and repairing the roof or furniture.
This project will definitely be continued
UAF = United Armenia Fund
NGO - Non Governmental Organization