Zorakan Village School Revitalization

Sponsor Name
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PROJECT BUDGET $75,000 AMOUNT NEEDED $14,585
REGION Tavush
CITY / VILLAGE Zorakan
START DATE Immediately
END DATE Four months from start date

DESCRIPTION

The Zorakan village school needs an extensive remodel. While the Tavush regional government recently installed a new roof at the school, we need to complete the renovation. The scope of work heating system, however the doors and windows, and the interior of the building is in terrible condition. The scope of work includes installing a new heating system, new windows and doors in 14 classrooms, two new bathrooms (both boys and girls), renovations throughout two hallways (upstairs and downstairs), new furniture, new flooring installation, paint and electrical work. The school will be renovated in two phases.  Phase one will completely renovate the second floor and will include the installation of the heating system.

The remote village of Zorakan located in Armenia's Tavush region has a population of about 1,000 people. It was populated by Azeris until 1988 and had a different name, Verin Kerpilu. During an armed conflict, the Azeri population fled the village and Armenian refuges from Azerbaijan were placed in the village. At the time, the entire village population was refugees from Azerbaijan; they later changed the name to Zorakan in honor of two marshals from their home village Chardakhlu. There are approximately 270 households, most of the villagers cannot find work outside their homes and survive by making a living from their land, from their gardens and fruit trees. Some of the husbands (and single men) find work in Russia and are gone much of the year, leaving their wives to raise the families. There are 135 children who attend the secondary school along with 26 teachers and technical workers. Along with the school, the village has a mayor's office, a post office, four small stores, a health post and a culture house.

The budget to renovate and furnish this two story building of the school is $175,000.

Phase one efforts will include renovations to the second floor classrooms hallway. Funding for phase one is $75,000. Second phase work will be determined based on the response from the government.

THE NEED

Children cannot achieve their greatest potential attending classes in substandard classrooms. A renovated, safe and warm environment will allow students to study in a clean, healthy and appropriate atmosphere.

SHORT TERM IMPACT

Local villagers will be employed during the renovation project. In addition, the school will be able to provide a safe environment for the children.

LONG TERM IMPACT

A proper facility for students to learn in will help these village children reach their fullest potential. The growing student population at the school, their teachers and other school workers will take pride in the fact that people care about them and their school.

CURRENT SPONSORS

  • Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Karmen Dadourian (2017) - NY, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sarko & Hilda Cherekdjian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Richard Weil, Jr. (2015) - MA, USA
  • The Harry & Ovsanna Chitjian Family Foundation (2017) - CA, USA
  • Anonymous  (2015)
  • Anonymous  (2016)
  • Anonymous  (2016)
  • Anonymous  (2017)
  • Dadourian Foundation (2015) - NY, USA
  • Dr. & Mrs. Hovsep & Hilda Fidanian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Dr. & Mrs. Hrayr & Zaroug Kabakian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Dr. Jeffrey Bogosian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Dr. John Doumanian In honor of parents Dr. & Mrs. Heratch & Sonya Doumanian (2015) - IL, USA
  • Dr. Shant Garabedian (2015) - TN, USA
  • Dr. Talene Yacoubian (2017) - AL, USA
  • Friend (2015) - MA, USA
  • Friend (2017) - MA, USA
  • Harry & Thomas Bonomo In memory of Grandfather Harry Keleshian (2015) - CT, USA
  • Harry & Thomas Bonomo In memory of Grandfather Keleshian (2016) - CT, USA
  • Hirair & Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Inc. In memory of Harry Keleshian (2016) - NJ, USA
  • John Mirak Foundation (2017) - MA, USA
  • Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian (2015) - NY, USA
  • Mr. & Dr. John & Ani Kedeshian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Dr. John & Ani Kedeshian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Anto & Hasmig Cingoz (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Antranik & Virginia Zorayan (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Armen & Susan Skenderian (2015) - MA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Lucy Yaldezian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Nora Akarakian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. David & Margaret Mgrublian (2016) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Donald & Lisa Manoogian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Eric & Christina Hacopian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Karmen Dadourian (2015) - NY, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Karmen Dadourian (2017) - NY, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Harry & Nancy Bederian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Shooshig Hintiryan (2015) - MI, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hirant & Alis Rakijian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Janis Seraydarian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Susan Pogharian (2017) - PA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Masis & Janet Mansourian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Maurice & Hilda Yotnegparian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Norman & Rosemary Kondy (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian (2017 ) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Jody Thompson In memory of Margred Thompson (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ryan & Mari Brandt (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sarko & Hilda Cherekdjian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Setrak & Anoush Maghdissian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sevag & Nairi Balian (2015) - MD, USA
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vartan & Takouhi Harmandian (2015) - United Kingdom
  • Mr. & Mrs. Vasken & Patty Kalaydjian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Dan Carsen (2017) - AL, USA
  • Mr. Douglas Graham In memory of Harry Keleshian (2016) - NY, USA
  • Mr. Gregory Turpanjian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Joseph Dagdigian (2017) - MA, USA
  • Mr. Kevork Santikian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Levon Der Bedrossian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Michael Nahabet (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Michael Nahabet (2016) - CA, USA
  • Mr. Paul Boghosian (2015) - MA, USA
  • Mr. Richard Weil, Jr. (2015) - MA, USA
  • Mr. Robert Larkin (2015) - United Kingdom
  • Mr. Robert Semonian (2015) - MA, USA
  • Mrs. Alexis Alexanian In memory of Harry Keleshian (2016) - NY, USA
  • Mrs. Christine Kotchian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Mrs. Joan Yazejian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Mrs. Joyce Sahyouni (2015) - United Kingdom
  • Mrs. Lisa Esayian (2017) - IL, USA
  • Ms. Adrienne Tashjian (2015) - MA, USA
  • Ms. Claire Kedeshian (2017) - NY, USA
  • Ms. Diane Jebejian (2018) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Gemma Graham In memory of Harry Keleshian (2016) - NY, USA
  • Ms. Joy Renjilian-Burgy In honor of Gail O'Reilly (2015) - MA, USA
  • Ms. Kathleen Demerdjian (2017 ) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Lily Ring Balian (2017) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Lynn Bedrosian (2015) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Mary Zoryan (2015) - CA, USA
  • Ms. Sonia Tajirian (2016) - CA, USA
  • St. Vartan Armenian Church (2018) - CA, USA
  • The Harry & Ovsanna Chitjian Family Foundation (2017) - CA, USA
  • The Phase Foundation (2014) - MD, USA
  • Triple X Fraternity, Mt. Diablo Chapter (2016) - CA, USA

SPONSORS BENEFITS

All sponsors will be recognized with a plaque installed at the school. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the Zorakan School will be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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