Each year, the Gulamerian Scholarship Program helps Armenia’s orphans obtain a higher education, either through university or vocational studies. Out of this year’s group of 33 students, ten are enrolled in vocational programs. Tovmas Babayan is one of them. He grew up in Yerevan’s Zatik orphanage and plans to learn how to become a welder.
“I want to master this particular specialty,” he said. “There’s a wide demand of it in our country and practicing this trade will enable me to live on my own, earn my own money and be self-sufficient.”
Currently, 80 students from the Gavar, Vanadzor and Zatik orphanages are supported through the Gulamerian program.