The children could hardly contain their excitement as their guests gathered in their kindergarten’s newly renovated kitchen. For more than 35 years, generations of children at the school had become comfortable with the kitchen’s musty walls and its damaged floor, windows, and doors. There had been no appropriate space to prepare daily meals, and no actual place where the children could sit and eat their food.

“Thank you!” the children said to the members of the Mardigian Family who made the renovations for Berd City’s #3 Kindergarten possible.

Kindergarten #3 is one of five schools that were recently renovated as part of FAR’s Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP).

“This is a big gift to us and to our children who have been looking forward to attending the new kindergarten,” said the principal Lusine Avalyan during the official opening, which was attended by Berd’s Pastor Father Aram Mirzoyan, the city’s mayor, and staff from FAR’s Berd and Yerevan offices.

In addition to the renovation, the kindergarten also received a donation of furniture and a new kitchen sink and oven from FAR.

Just a few days before, four other schools in the region also unveiled their newly renovated cafeterias and technology rooms. Cafeterias at elementary schools in the villages of Norashen and Chinchin were renovated by FAR and furnished by the UN World Food Program. Water systems for two cafeterias were also refurbished through BCPP. In Choratan and Aygepar, the technology rooms of their middle and high schools were renovated and refurbished with new sewing and wood engraving machines and tools.

“The improvement of infrastructure in the educational institutions of the Berd Region is crucial for FAR. We believe that renovated kindergartens and schools ensure healthier environments for the development and knowledge acquisition of young children,” said FAR Armenia Country Director Bagrat Sargsyan.

The Mardigian Family Foundation makes BCPP possible. Launched in 2013, BCPP aims to strengthen the Berd Region of Tavush Province through poverty reduction via its education, health, social, and economic development program components. One of its key areas of investment is to ensure a better future for children. Thanks to the education and health components of the multi-component BCPP program, 32 schools and kindergartens have already received and continue to receive support.