Beginning in 2003, LCO began working on the renovation of the village schoolhouse.
The village of Shatvan is one of the 34 villages in the Vartenis area that were predominantly settled by Azeris during the Soviet years. Shatvan is located on the borders with Azerbaijan and is very close to the road that leads to Karvajar, Artsakh. However, the demography of this village as well as the entire region changed during the late 80s during Azeri-Armenian clashes.
Starting in December 4, 1988, the village of Shatvan was repopulated by refugees who had arrived from 33 different parts of Azerbaijan (Shankhor, Khanlar, Baku, etc.). The birthrate was increasing in this village of the 253 families of 645 refugees. Over 50 were children under the age of 6 and about 120 school age youth.
It was only recently that the village has become a community. Migration from the village has been reduced. Most of the families are now owners of their land and home. The village is abundant with fertile land. It is being slowly cultivated for producing potato and wheat fields. Some members of the community are also employed by the gold mine in the neighboring village of Sotk.
The mayor’s main concern is to provide the basics to young families to prevent them from leaving. In his and the community’s mind, the school is the number one priority. The schoolhouse is the only educational institution in the village. The building had not seen any renovations since 1988. The disintegration process is fast because of extreme weather conditions and lack of resources in this impoverished region of Armenia.The building was a hazard until 2004 when LCO worked with the National Seismic Institute to reinforce its foundation at five different points and entirely replaced the damaged roof. Part of the project also consisted of narrowing the wide openings of the windows on this two-story building. The village is located at 2100m of altitude and the gushing cold wind penetrates through the widow seals. LCO replaced the structure with double pane windows. This situation has been repaired and as a result, the classrooms are much warmer and more appropriate for a learning environment.