It’s been already two years since Fund for Armenian Relief committed itself to recruiting and empowering the young Armenian boys who have served in the army for two years and want to continue education when back home again. Moreover, the program refers to those soldiers who participated in the 2016 unexpected conflict that has gone in history as the “Four Day War”.

In partnership with Zinvori Mayr NGO (Soldier's Mother), we have commenced an education program – “Non-Formal Education for Returnees” in the scope of which these boys, aged 20 – 22, update their knowledge and skills in accounting, programming, technology, welding, braiding, etc. In 2017, 90 boys from Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor, and Alaverdi participated in this 3-month-long training nearly all of whom have kick-started their own business or have been employed.

Levon Hakobyan from Gyumri had a desire to open his own service center when he was still in the army between 2015 and 2017. “Of course, I would have started my business sometimes in the future, however this training helped me to finally make up my mind and spend my time and resources efficiently,” remarks the young entrepreneur adding that he manages the service center with his younger brother, Edgar, who is currently enrolled in the same program.

While Levon renovates the spare parts of home appliances, Edgar does the software. The two brothers are already on their feet and even help to sustain their family. “After the army, it becomes difficult to re-enter the educational process. This specific program has enabled me to refresh my knowledge and obtain new skills in radio technology in a short while.”