Armenian information center
In April, 2005 the youth section of “Parekorzagan” - Sofia carried out survey on the necessities of the Armenian community, which concluded that some 90% of the respondents consider their access to Armenian informational resources as scarce. There is rich reserve of Armenian literature, which is inaccessible because there is no specific premise where the books could be displayed.
Based on the survey results, emerges the idea for establishment of information database in the building of the Armenian culture centre, which could satisfy the needs not only of members of the Armenian community, but also for everyone interested on the subject. The establishment of such information center will not only offset the lack of library, but will also provide alternative modern ways for access to information – audio and video materials, Internet, new periodicals.
Our desire is to ensure access to anyone interested to the necessary information related to the life and culture of the Armenians as well as to give opportunity for deeper acquaintance with the culture and traditions of the Armenian ethnos. We believe that such information would be used by the Armenian community, but also by Bulgarians such as journalists, students, writers, historians, ethnologists, philologists, etc. Namely that goal of “Parekorzagan” – Sofia triggered the development of project, which ultimate goal is to preserve at single place and grant free access to informational resources for the life of the Armenians in Bulgarian and around the world.
At present “Parekorzagan” – Sofia has available premise in the Armenian centre committed for the needs of the Armenian informational center, but the project is not implemented due to lack of financial resources.
The “Unger” project is established in 2004 on the initiative of the Youth section to “Parekorzagan” – Sofia. After intensive training through the programme “Youth in action” of Foundation S.E.C.A. (Creating Effective Grassroots Alternatives), the Armenian youths develop a project, which ensures part of the financing for the implementation of the first Armenian child camp “Unger”.
The goal of Armenian child camp “Unger, as well as that of the entire “Unger” project is to create favourable environment for socialising among young Armenians through various entertaining games and educational activities. The idea of the undertaking is young Armenians to help their younger compatriots to build up self-consciousness as talented and indispensable part of the Armenian community and of the society as a whole.
The initiative is targeted not only to those kids, who participate in some form in the Armenian social life, but also to those who have never visited the Armenian center. The goal is to revive the interest among these children towards their Armenian descent, towards the opportunities for appearance in Armenian environment.
In September 2004 in Panichishte was organised the first Armenian children camp “Unger”, where participation was booked by kids from Sofia between 10 and 12 years old.
In September 2005 in Ribarica was carried out “Unger 2”.