Beds, Furniture, & a Playground for Armavir #9 Kindergarten
Founded in 1931 as Sardarabad, the town was known as Hoktemberyan (meaning the city of October) between 1935 and 1995, named in honor of the , in honor of the 1917 Russian October Revolution/ Bolshevik Revolution. In 1992, the town was named Armavir by the government of independent Armenia, after the nearby ancient city of Armavir (8 km from today’s town of Armavir), founded in the 8th century BC by King Argishti I of Urartu, and became the capital of the Kingdom of Armenia under the Orontid Dynasty in 331 BC.
With an estimated population of 29,000, the town of Armavir has 10 schools (1-12 grade) with 4,143 students and 12 kindergartens with 1,150 children. Unfortunately, most kindergartens are in very poor condition; in fact, today only 3 of the kindergartens are in good working condition.
Kindergarten No. 9 was one of the kindergartens in poor condition, with old and toxic furniture and no heating system making it unsafe for children. Although the kindergarten is designed for 165 kindergarteners, only 90 children can attend due to poor and unsafe conditions. Also due to an unsafe heating system, the kindergarten is not in operation for 4 months during the cold season.
At the end of 2018, the newly elected Mayor of Armavir announced the budgetary plans to renovate two of the town’s kindergartens in 2019, with kindergarten #9 as one of the two kindergartens. The renovations will not only provide a safer environment for the children, but it will also give the opportunity for more children to attend kindergarten and have the kindergarten operating 12 months of the year. Unfortunately, the renovation plans did not include any budget to replace the old and toxic beds, furniture or the rustic and unsafe playground equipment. This is where our organization came in.
The renovations for Armavir #9 kindergarten started mid-April 2019, and were completed in late 2019. In addition to cosmetic changes, the renovations include the restrooms, replacement of windows, doors, and a new heating system.
Once the renovations had been completed, along with the gift of safe beds, furniture, and a playground, the kindergarten was able to open its doors to 165 children, with an increased enrollment of 75 kindergarteners from the original 90.
Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. Vahik and Hermik Derhartounian AND Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gadimyan and Araz Derhartounian
FCN Program: Education