The World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART) is an ecumenical organization which in close collaboration with Churches and non-governmental organizations works to actively contribute to the poverty eradication, sustainable community development, active involvement of the church in the social work, overall development of civil society in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Founded in 1996 the ART has evolved its activities in diverse areas, including development, capacity building, education, peace and reconciliation, diakonia and humanitarian aid.
At present the ART focuses its activities in the areas of
- Integrated Community Development and Diakonia;
- Capacity Building
- Regional Peace and Reconciliation
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
A brief history
The ecumenical Armenia Round Table programme was set up on the initiative of the Armenian Apostolic Church and of the World Council of Churches, with the participation of the Armenian Catholic and Armenian Evangelical Churches.
The Round Table Programme began in 1996 (office established in 1997) and now works under the patronage of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Partiarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
Ever since the ART has brought together Armenian churches, local non-governmental organizations, and church-related partners with a shared commitment to working together to address some of the fundamental social and economic problems of the country.
In November 2004 the ART was registered as an independent legal entity in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Armenia under the name World Council of Churches Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation.