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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.


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A Sustainable Future for Orphanage Girls: Ruzanna


Nor Luyce works with twelve mentees, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages in 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 Ruzanna, a young girl from one of the Gyumri orphanages, with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket costs towards her education. Ruzanna is one of three children all in an orphanage due to the unemployed status of their only parent, their father. She hopes to become a methodologist to work with kindergarten children. The requested scholarship funds will cover the costs of her college tuition, uniform, books, stationaries and her transportation fee for one year.

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Start Date

September 2014

End Date

August 2015

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
Ruzanna, 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, uniform, books, stationaries and transportation for one year.
Long Term Impact
The long-term goal is that Ruzanna, 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. & Mrs. Adam & Rita Kablanian

Los Altos Hills, CA
In Memory Of Angela Varderesyan December 20, 2014