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School Feeding Development Project in Arpi Community: New Challenges, New Opportunities

This week, the SIFI and WFP team traveled to sunny Armenia to assess the implementation of the "Arpi Community Development Project'' in Shirak Marz and communicate with the head of the newly arrived Amasia community.

The village of Garnarich is one of the villages successfully participating in the project. Solar panels were installed at a local school, saving it from a pressing problem - paying for expensive electricity. During the solar panels functioning, the school managed to generate electricity for 2 million drams, part of which was spent on repairing the canteen.

Thanks to the active position of the school headmaster, who makes sure that the children at school eat tasty and varied food, we’ve built a greenhouse, which, in the harsh conditions of the region, in the absence of fertile soil, allows growing tomatoes, cucumbers and greens. Organic products are sent directly from the garden to school plates. The surplus of the crop is sold, and the proceeds from it go to the School Feeding Development Fund.

Local farming is not left out. As part of the project, aspiring farmer Edgar Amiryan was helped to establish a small poultry farm, where young birds are raised in Russian-made incubators, eggs are produced and supplied to nine community schools.

Garnarich School headmaster Naira Abrahamyan cares so much for her school and for the children that even before the start of the project, she herself made repairs in the canteen, because it was not possible to find funding to create the conditions necessary to launch the project. It was her attitude and desire to provide the kids with delicious healthy food in every possible way that inspired us to work on the this project and make life in the community better.

Meeting with the head of the Amasya community Jemma Aratyunyan

Since the start of the school feeding project in the Arpi district, the community has grown - 10 more schools from the Amasya community have joined. Now we have a new task - to expand the current project by adding new schools to it. These are the plans for the near future. The second phase of the project will focus on developing the schools' own potential. Solar panels, which have shown extremely high efficiency, will definitely be installed. There are also plans to work closely with local businesses, involving them in financing school meals. Now there are 18 villages and 19 schools in the community. Together, we can achieve a lot. The main thing is to believe and work!