Project: Debi Arach Children's Center 2017 Operating Budget
     
   
Project Name Debi Arach Children's Center 2017 Operating Budget
Full Description

The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children's Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 100 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children's Center, which in Armenian means "moving forward," helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes. Additionally, they are served a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they would otherwise not have. Furthermore, the Center addresses a very important hygienic need by providing the children in attendance with supervised bathing facilities. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. This project is impacting the lives of hundreds of socially vulnerable children by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.

To date, the center has already had several important successes. The children as a whole have gained several pounds since they have started attending, demonstrating their need for nutritious and consistent meals. Additionally, three children have been taken out of boarding schools and brought to our center and now live back at home with their families. Staff trainings have begun with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.

Currently the center is working on funding year two and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities with field trips to educational sites throughout Armenia, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and vocational training opportunities. $65,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center. In addition Gyumri's Mayor and the municipality have agreed to help us in any way possible and have demonstrated their commitment by providing us with a long term and rent-free space to house new programs, such as vocational classes and job training opportunities for the older children.

Need

Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with no hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. The children's center will continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend afterschool and summer school programs providing them with the additional skills necessary for a successful future.

Additionally, these children suffer from malnutrition and related illnesses due to a lack of well-balanced meals. The center will continue to provide each child with a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they need.

Furthermore, many families were forced to take refuge in overseas shipping containers (domiks), or in condemned buildings after the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake or due to their poor socioeconomic status. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat to take showers. The Center will address this very important hygienic need by continuing to provide the children in attendance with supervised new bathing facilities.

Category Educational-Development-Humanitarian
Start Date April 2017
duration One year from the start date
Region Shirak
City/Village Gyumri
Partner/s City of Gyumri
Sponsor/s Open to the public
Project Budget $66,000
Amount Needed $28,025
Short Term Impact The short-term 100 children will receive immediate support and guidance to help them succeed for the second year. The Center will continue offer nutritious meals, bathing facilities, counseling opportunities, homework aid and tutoring and core classes including English, Computer, Art/Design, and Math.
Long Term Impact In the long term, with the success of the Center's current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of "social orphans" and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri's economy.
Sponsor Benefit Your donation to sponsor the operating cost for 2016 of the Debi Arach Children's Center in Gyumri will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center's website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project.  The Paros Foundation will proudly arrange a visit to the new Center when you are in Armenia.
Link www.facebook.com/Debi-Arach-Childrens-Center-348224308719997/

Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsor(s) for their support of this project:

2017
St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles Memorial Fund (CA-USA)

2016
Mr. & Mrs. Aram & Carla Megerian (FL-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Charlene Asdourian (CA-USA)
Dr. & Mrs. George & Victorya Apelian (CA-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Carole Karabashian (NJ-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Shooshig Hintiryan (MI-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. David & Margaret Mgrublian (CA-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. Razmik & Suzanne Abnous (CA-USA)
Ajemian Foundation (MI-USA)
Dadourian Foundation (NY-USA)


This project needs $28,025 to be fully implemented.

Send your donations through PayPal to account@paros-foundation.org

Or send checks made out to "The Paros Foundation" to:

The Paros Foundation,
918 Parker Street, A14,
Berkeley, CA 94710


Sponsor Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the establishment of the Debi Arach Children's Center in Gyumri will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center's website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will proudly arrange a visit to the new Center when you are in Armenia.