Entries by Peter Abajian

DEBI ARACH CHILDREN’S CENTER LAUNCHES VOCATIONAL TRAINING

On February 1, 2017 the Debi Arach Children’s Center launched the new Vocational Training Center with the commencement of classes in computer programming, 3d printing and robotics. With the goal of helping children from Gyumri’s most economically challenged families, the program aims to provide students with the skills they need to secure employment in Armenia’s […]

APPLICATIONS FOR SERVICE ARMENIA 2017 NOW AVAILABLE

BERKELEY, CA—The Paros Foundation is excited to announce its dates for SERVICE Armenia 2017. The Program will run from June 24 to July 25, 2017 and enables young people to travel and tour Armenia and Artsakh, while engaging in meaningful service projects benefiting Armenia and her people. Applications are now available on the Foundation’s website www.parosfoundation.org. “I […]

THE PAROS FOUNDATION COMPLETES DISTRIBUTION OF SUPPORT OUR HEROES FUNDS TO HEROES FAMILIES

Berkeley, CA– The Paros Foundation is proud to report that $104,000 was successfully distributed to 104 families of Heroes killed through the end of May 2016. Paros staff personally met with all of the families and passed on this modest, but immensely important amount. “The families of our heroes expressed their deep appreciation for the […]

PAROS FOUNDATION LAUNCHES PROSPERITY ON THE BORDER INITIATIVE

Dear Friends, The April military offensive by Azerbaijan proved the need to keep our border communities strong, prosperous and vigilant. The brave people living in these villages are the protectors of our homeland, yet many of these villages lack basic infrastructure making it difficult for families to live and work. Our assessment of several villages […]

INVESTING IN EDUCATION ON THE BORDER

Tavush, Armenia–Opening day in the Tavush border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghpyur was filled with excitement and celebration as the students, staff and families first viewed their school’s newly renovated wing. Jean-Marie and Lori Atamian and their family made this work possible with their generous support, through the Paros Foundation’s Projects for Prosperity. The Atamian […]

SERVICE ARMENIA 2016 PARTICIPANTS LEAVE THEIR MARK ON ARMENIA

Berkeley, California–The Paros Foundation’s 2016 SERVICE Armenia program was another great success. Participants included 23 young people from across the United States and Dubai who worked together on seven different humanitarian and educational service projects over the course of four weeks, all while touring and enjoying Armenia and making life-long friendships. “I loved every second […]

Armenian families are still living in containers dating to a 1988 quake

From GlobalPost, August 25, 2016 by Dan Carsen Back when Armenia was still a Soviet republic, it suffered an earthquake so devastating the USSR actually asked the United States for help. It was in December 1988. Tens of thousands died and some half a million were left homeless. After local authorities realized how overmatched they were, shipping containers […]

SUPPORT OUR HEROES-ARTSAKH UPDATE

Dear friends, I am writing to update you on the situation in Armenia and Artsakh. As of today, 86 people have lost their lives as a result of Azerbaijan’s aggressive and calculated military attack along the Nagorno Karabakh-Azerbaijan line of contact, April 2nd to the 5th. The current situation is tense, but stable. A cease-fire is in […]

SUPPORT OUR HEROES

As a result of the aggressive military attack by Azerbaijan along the front line of contact with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, according to up to date reports, at least 20 Armenian soldiers from the Artsakh Defense Forces and local civilians including a 12-year-old boy have lost their lives and more than 70 people are wounded […]

Meet Roger Strauch

It was my privilege to address an audience of close friends and many other active members of the Armenian community at the annual Bay Area Friends of Armenia banquet and then again, later at Innovate Armenia in 2016. I was asked to talk about being an ABC, Armenian By Choice, and our Paros Foundation’s philanthropic […]

NEW HOMES AND A FRESH START FOR GYUMRI FAMILIES

Gyumri, Armenia—The Paros Foundation is pleased to announce that two families have become new homeowners through the Paros Foundation’s Purchase a Home project. The Agayan and Hakopyan families of Gyumri were previously living in temporary shelters or domiks. In 2015, they were moved from these domiks into newly purchased apartments thus receiving a new start. […]

PAROS FOUNDATION COMPLETES WORK AT THE HATSIK VILLAGE SCHOOL

Armavir Region, Armenia–The Paros Foundation is pleased to announce that the Hatsik village school renovation project is now successfully complete, thanks to the addition of a renovated gymnasium and more classrooms by the Paros SERVICE Armenia 2015 volunteers. The entire renovation occurred over the course of three summers with the support of scores of SERVICE […]

PAROS FOUNDATION REACHES 100 FOR 100 GOAL WITH OPENING OF DEBI ARACH CHILDREN’S CENTER

BERKELEY, CA—The Paros Foundation has successfully reached it goal of implementing 100 special projects in Armenia through its 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity initiative with the launch of the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri. The 100 for 100 effort was launched in the fall of 2011 to commemorate the centennial of […]