Providing a safe and friendly environment for the preschool aged children of Berkaber and their parents is of the highest priority for Sahman. We feel it’s important that these children, already harmed both psychologically and in some cases physically by the constant skirmishes on the border, have a safe environment where their development and preschool education can become a part of their daily routine and parents not see the lack of a fully functioning kindergarten as one of the many reasons for emigration.
In 2015, with the support of individual donors Sahman established a Children’s Corner. With the help of students from the Academy of Fine Art in Yerevan, the walls of the Children’s Corner came alive with murals of Tumanian’s heroes and two teachers received additional training allowing them to operate the Children’s Corner during the warmer months of the year. The creation of the Children’s Corner wasthe first step toward a fully functional Kindergarten in Berkaber.
As part of the Berkaber Comprehensive Development Project supported by the Norwegian Hamar Vest Rotary Club Sahman fully renovated and furnished two rooms in the community building in Berkaber. The Kindergarten will host 20 children on a full time basis starting January 2018.