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The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative and overhead costs allowing 100% of all donor contributions to go directly towards projects and supported organizations.

Donations to The Paros Foundation Projects for Prosperity are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To sponsor a project through The Paros Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization (Tax ID 20-5094630), or learn more about specific projects in need of funding, please contact us using the information below.

Contacts

2217 5th Street

Berkeley CA 94710

info@parosfoundation.org

(310) 400 9061

Press Releases

The Paros Foundation is Launching the Reconstruction of Nine Homes in Artsakh to Help Address the Housing Crisis

Paros team meets with Artsakh President to discuss housing needs.

Homes are being built in three areas, in the city of Mardakert, the village of Maghavus and Artsakh’s capital, Stepanakert. Once rebuilt, each of these homes will be given to a family selected by The Paros Foundation from the many families displaced by the war and the subsequent loss of territory.  

“Following the war and subsequent repatriation of displaced families from Artsakh, who had taken refuge in Armenia during the war, it became evident that Artsakh has a tremendous housing shortage for their population. It is critical that we help these families get into permanent homes as soon as possible to give them some stability,” said Peter Abajian, Executive Director.

These homes are being reconstructed through the initiative and generous support of the Dombalagian Family, who are very passionate about the need to help Artsakh and Artsakh families.

“My father always felt that it was very important for us to help the people of Artsakh maintain their roots in these historic lands. “In his memory, I am pleased that my family is leading this effort through The Paros Foundation in Artsakh, and I would encourage others to join,” said Hasmik Dombalagian

Following the 2020 war in Artsakh, The Paros Foundation launched a resettlement program as part of the Armenian Resettlement Coalition. Through this coalition, 17 families will have been resettled into new homes by the end of this year in Armenia. In addition to these 17 homes, Paros directly has resettled two more families into Armenia bringing the total to 19. Now with construction moving forward in Artsakh on nine homes, this brings the total to 28 homes in Armenia and Artsakh that The Paros Foundation and its family of donors are or have built through its Emergency and Relief Reconstruction Fund-Artsakh.

“There are still hundreds of families in both Armenia and Artsakh that were displaced by the war and need permanent housing. We will continue to build and reconstruct homes as funding from our generous donors provides,” said Abajian.

Paros Blog

Armenian Resettlement Coalition Moves 4th & 5th Family From Artsakh to New

Meet the Avetisyan & Manukyan families, the 4th & 5th family from Artsakh to be relocated to Mets Masrik as part of our Armenian Resettlement Coalition.

The Avetisyan Family

Armen Avetisyan went down to the front lines in September 2020 when the war broke out, and returned to his family missing. He later found out that Liza and their four sons escaped from the Chapar-Martakert region of Artsakh to Vardenis with other villagers. The family is now reunited and is looking forward to a fresh start in a new community, where they will farm with a few of the animals they were able to escape with.

The Manukyan Family
Armen Manukyan also was at the front lines in 2020 as a contract soldier. Once the war broke out, Armen’s wife and 7 children escaped to Vardenis with other villagers. Shortly after Armen returned to their home, gathered as many of their belongings as possible and fled with his family. Armen and his family are looking forward to a fresh start in the village of Mets Masrik in their new home and community.

Leading Armenia & diaspora-based community organizations, Focus On Children Now, Teach For Armenia, and The Paros Foundation, have banded together to form the Armenian Resettlement Coalition to immediately address thousands of Armenian families displaced from the Artsakh war who wish to permanently remain in Armenia.

Paros Blog

Enhancing the Border Village of Aygepar

The village of Aygepar in the Tavush region has suffered greatly due to its proximity to Azerbaijan. Through our various projects like the Emergency Reconstruction Fund, and the Aygepar Business Incubator, we are working to enhance this region.

We are raising $50,000 to complete the renovation of the 24-unit residential building in the village of Aygepar.

REBUILDING AFTER JULY 2020 BOMBINGS

In July 2020, the residents of Aygepar were woken up by bombs falling into their homes. With their proximity to Azerbaijan, their worst nightmare quickly became a reality. In response to this attack, The Paros Foundation made sure to repair the kindergarten, as well as deciding to renovate an entire residential complex adjacent to the kindergarten. Since then, the renovation to the interiors of the units have been completed, but there is still more work to do. As villagers feel more secure and stable in Aygepar, they will be less likely to consider abandoning their homes and moving elsewhere.

Join us in enhancing the border village of Aygepar!

AYGEPAR BUSINESS INCUBATOR

Our work to enhance the border village of Aygepar is multifaceted. Our main goal is to create a vibrant village, so that residents are encouraged to stay and thrive, rather than flee to other areas or countries.

To further this mission, we have created the Aygepar Business Incubator. Our goal with this is to create an economy of scale where businesses can be housed rent free, have help with marketing, trade routes, and ultimately a viable and thriving business. By creating a safe place for these residents to live and a place for them to grow financially, we are sure Aygepar will become a thriving border village.

Paros Blog

Gyumri: Ending the Cycle of Poverty

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless in the city of Gyumri. Many of these families took refuge in the overseas shipping containers (domiks) that were shipped into Armenia loaded with humanitarian relief supplies. Although more than a quarter century has passed since the earthquake, this depressive reality still remains. Currently, more than 1,800 families still live in domiks scattered throughout Gyumri in extreme poverty. Many of them are unable to provide for their families’ needs including warm clothes, nutritious food, heat and electricity for their homes and other basic necessities.
Through our many humanitarian projects in Gyumri we are working to end the cycle of poverty. Join us as we make a difference in the second largest city in Armenia through our Purchase-A-Home initiative!
Paros Blog

SERVICE Armenia 2022 – Summer

This trip will be two weeks with the same programming as past years. Participants aged 17-23 will serve, tour, and play in Armenia. Participant fees are $1,800 per person including a $400 charitable contribution, not including airfare.

Press Releases

Newest Component of the Assarian Vocational Training Program Launched in Gyumri

Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian have a mission to empower people and get them to work. With their support, the Hianali Beauty Center was launched last month both as a high-end, high-quality beauty center and as a training program free-of-charge, for people wishing to work in the beauty services sector in Gyumri.