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A Sustainable Future for Orphanage Girls: Anna


Nor Luyce works mentees, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages and/or poverty stricken families from Gyumri, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive roles models and emotional support. The reduction of isolation is provided by mentors and by field trips, which expose the children to various work and educational settings. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of beginning to implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Anna, a young girl who stays and studies at the Terchoonyan orphanage in Gyumri, with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket costs towards her education. Due to unfortunate family circumstances Anna and her sister stay in the orphanage during the year and visit their mother on weekends and on Christmas. Their widowed mother has health issues and is unable to work and financially support her family. Currently, Anna is completing the 12th grade and plans to continue her education in International Affairs at the Pedagogical State University. In addition, she plays the qanon (an Armenian folk instrument) and takes Armenian dance classes. She likes to draw and write poems and her dream is to become a diplomat and a good citizen for her country. The requested scholarship funds will cover the costs of her tuition, books, stationaries, winter clothing and her transportation fee for one year.

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Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.

The Need
Children living in orphanages are often isolated and may lack the knowledge and adult support necessary to make appropriate post orphanage choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.
Short Term Impact
Anna, who currently resides in one of Gyumri’s orphanages, will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition, books, stationaries, winter clothing and transportation for one year.
Long Term Impact
The long-term goal is that Anna, being given the opportunity to pursue her educational goals at the university level will have a reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful life.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsor will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girl’s progress during their university studies.
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Mr. Ivan Dennison

United Kingdom December 19, 2014
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