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This Month at The Paros Foundation – January 2023

Mobile Dental Clinic
For years our mobile dental clinic and our dedicated staff of professionals, have tended to the dental needs and oral hygiene of hundreds of thousands of children in various locations throughout Armenia. With your generous support, our work toward the future will continue. Learn more and donate here.

Nerkin Tsaghkavan Kindergarten Opening
The community of Nerkin Tsaghkavan in Armenia’s Tavush Region has not had a working kindergarten for the last 32 years. Thanks to the generous support of many donors including the Dadourian Foundation, The Paros Foundation rebuilt and expanded a building in the community to house the new kindergarten. Paros, Focus on Children Now, the Tavush Regional Government and the Consolidated Community of Ijevan joined forces to make this dream for the community of Nerkin Tsaghkavan a reality!

Med-Aid Armenia 2023 Dates Announced
Med-Aid Armenia is back again this summer from June 19th – June 29th, 2023! Join our medical group as they make an impact throughout Armenia through medical exams, research, and more! This trip is open to all medical professionals and medical students. Please reach out here for more information.

SERVICE Armenia 2023
For the past ten years, The Paros Foundation has provided a space for youth from around the world to experience Armenia in extraordinary ways. With a focus on service, this trip provides participants with a deeper connection to Armenia and its people. The trip will take place from June 24th-July 15th for participants ages 17-23. Apply here.

First Trip To Armenia in 2023
Executive Director Peter Abajian is in Armenia for his first trip of 2023. On the agenda for this trip, Abajian will be visiting project sites currently under construction, The Debi Arach Children’s Center and the recently completed and opened kindergarten expansion in Verishen, and following up with the implementation of our High-Tech educational project with schools. In addition, we are looking forward to the ribbon cuttings at several project sites including the Akunk Medical Center, the nurses’ station at the Medz Masrik School, the newly built and expanded kindergarten in Nerkin Tsaghkavan and the Gym at School #8 in Abovyan! New project development is also part of the plan.

Stay tuned for our newest episode coming out tomorrow! In this episode, we interview Dr. Krirkor Deramerian, Pediatrician and Med Aid Armenia leader, about medical missions to Armenia, the medical landscape of the country, and the future of medicine in Armenia. Listen to the two-part episode on Wednesday, February 1st!

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The # of people continuing to be blockaded in Artsakh by Azerbaijan.


This Month at The Paros Foundation – December 2022

Verishen Kindergarten Opening
The large kindergarten in this village needed both to be enlarged and fully renovated. On December 25, governmental officials, including Goris Mayor Arush Arushanyan and Syunik Region Governor Robert Ghukasyan, joined our team for the gala ribbon cutting. Now more than 150 children will be able to enjoy the benefits of early education. Furniture for this project was provided by our friends and partners at Focus on Children Now. Learn more here.

Abovyan Gym Nearing Completion
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of Paros friend and supporter, Seda Melkoni, work continues on the Abovyan School #8. Following a multi-year effort to replace and repair the roofs over several of the buildings on the school’s campus, earlier this year our team launched the full reconstruction of the school’s gym. The staff, children and parents at the school are eagerly anticipating the completion of this project in the coming weeks. Learn more here.

Aquaponics Farming on the Border
Construction on the greenhouse is complete and now our crew is building the stone building that will house the equipment. As construction gets closer to completion, we will begin hiring staff and training them on the processes that drive this technologically advanced farming method. Soon children from the school in this village will add aquaponics to their existing fruit tree orchard and bee keeping curriculum. Learn more here.

Support High Tech Learning for Children
We have launched a new program to help provide both hardware and education for students in schools to help them familiarize themselves with drones (quadcopters), their use, repair, and their programming. Piggybacking on the curriculum currently being taught including programming, 3-D printing, and modeling at many schools and children’s centers across Armenia, we will be closely working to augment schools and children’s centers with the hardware and teaching support they need for this important effort. Donate now by clicking here.

Hianali Successfully Ends 2022
The Hianali Beauty Center and vocational training program ended the year with a bang! If you needed our salon services, you needed to make an appointment well in advance prior to the new year’s celebrations. Our most recent group of graduates received their completion certificates from our Staff and celebrated their accomplishments. As a fun contest for our student’s parents at Debi Arach, a drawing was held and several lucky winners received free salon services prior to the end of the new year.

Already listen to all the great podcasts? Give ours a listen for interesting perspectives on Armenia, terrific guests and a bit about Paros and our work. Listen to our latest episode where we dive into what is happening in Armenia and how its people are being affected.

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Benefited from Paros Foundation projects in 2022.


The Month at The Paros Foundation – November 2022

Year End Campaign
Our 2022 end-of-year campaign features the construction of a building in Gyumri that will be suitable for 16 residential apartments and has an additional 6,000 square feet that Paros will use to open a second branch of its Debi Arach Children’s Center, additional vocational training programs, and/or a second social enterprise. Learn more and donate here.

Three Artsakh Families Get New Homes
Our team was in Artsakh to move three additional families who were displaced by the 2020 war into their newly reconstructed homes, bringing the total to five families in Artsakh that have received new homes. While in Artsakh, our team also signed a memorandum of understanding with the government on the construction of a kindergarten in the village of Maghavuz. Learn more here.

Aquaponics Farming on the Border
Through our Aygepar Incubator, we have won a $53,000 grant from the Austrian Development Agency to install a 1,760 sq. ft. greenhouse along with a control building to house an aquaponic growing system in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur. The system will be housed in a 160 square meter controlled environment greenhouse. Learn more here.

SERVICE Armenia Young Professionals ’22
The second annual SA Young Professionals trip took place from October 14-October 30th. Participants toured the country, volunteered with various projects, and made lifelong friends throughout the two weeks. Volunteer days included renovations at Talin Music School, Paruyr Sevak Kindergarten, and teaching at Debi Arach. Stay tuned for updates on SERVICE Armenia Young Professionals ’23!

Piligian Family visits Paruyr Sevak
Paros donors and friends, The Piligian family, were in Armenia visiting their project in the Paruyr Sevak Village. With the help of the Piligian family, we have been able to renovate this school in phases, providing a safe and clean environment for the students to learn. Learn more here.

Tourism In Armenia with Shake Derderian
Our latest episode of Pari Louys With Paros explores tourism in Armenia and how it has evolved with special guest Shake Derderian from SIMA Tours!

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The amount of money raised since The Paros Foundation formally started in 2006.
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