Meet Liana from Let’s Create Smile:
Let’s Create Smile is a youth initiative, existing for 4 years.
The aim is to help people in need, especially those with disabilities. They work both in the city and in rural areas, and try to help people engage in society, as well as providing clothes, food, and any other resources/materials they may need. They also put on events, like art therapy for children, and try to create connections and exchange among urban and rural youth.
Many disabled people lack confidence due to their disability and don’t want to leave their homes and get in touch with other people, they feel they may be a burden upon others. They mostly just need attention - in Armenia there aren’t special places where people with disabilities can go for support or interaction.
The challenges they face are mostly psychological. People who want to deal with disabled people should try to understand the needs and thoughts of the disabled person, what they actually need or want.
How you can help:
People with disabilities need attention and connections to other people. Help from outside Armenia would include ideas of how to engage with disabled people in everyday life, eg. through sport or other activities - Let’s Create Smile needs your thoughts and experience!