The result of a collaboration between CARD Agrocredit, the UN World Food Program (UNWFP) and FAR is a newly re-vamped and well-equipped cafeteria designed for the roughly 100 elementary school kids who attend Tavush Village School in the Berd Region. FAR’s contribution to the project was within its Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP).

“We wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of our company with a ‘good deed’ and so we decided to focus on Armenia’s border villages. After consulting with FAR, we decided to help Tavush Village School with the funds that would have otherwise been used for an anniversary celebration. The result is very encouraging to us,” said Karen Petrosyan, Executive Director of CARD Agrocredit, a microcredit organization, during the opening ceremony held last month.

For years, the cafeteria was in terrible condition. It’s now equipped with new appliances, reliable hot water, and gas. UNWFP provided it with new kitchenware.

Araksya Klekchyan, Director of Tavush Secondary School, thanked the donors. “Our children can now eat in healthy conditions. When we learned that the canteen was being renovated, we were very happy, but when we saw the result of the work, we were amazed!”

FAR Education and Science Programs Director Eduard Karapetyan called the cooperation exemplary. “This is good work and it makes a real difference for the children at the Tavush school,” he said.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is a multidimensional FAR project addressing child poverty in the Berd Region of Tavush Province, and is sponsored by the Edward and Helen Mardigian Foundation.