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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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Adopt a Classroom 16 - Ljashen

Description

Representatives of The Paros Foundation have visited more than 100 schools throughout Armenia. While some schools have either been renovated thanks to the Armenian government or as a result of the generosity of international donors, many remain in deplorable conditions and have little hope of being renovated in the near future. These conditions affect both the ability for students to learn, as well as the health of students and teachers. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom? One of the schools recently identified in need of a complete renovation DSCN1003is located in the large village of Ljashen in the Gegharkunik region at Lake Sevan.Ljashen Village has a population of 5,000 and one local school. About 300 students attend this run down school. The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom at this school including doors, flooring, lighting, paint, electrical, and furniture as needed. The heating system was replaced 10 years ago by Developmental Services for Armenia, a California based humanitarian organization, and is still fully functioning. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

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Region

Gegharkunik

City / Village

Ljashen

Start Date

June 2016

End Date

September 2016

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

The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be that students will have a newly renovated classroom in which to continue their studies. Also six local residents will be employed to renovate the classroom. There will be benefits to the local economy through the purchase of supplies.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Donors will be recognized with a plaque installed in the remodeled classroom and on the Paros Foundation Website.
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David Barsamian

Allendale, NJ June 2, 2016
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Mr. Aram Parnagian

New York, NY May 19, 2016
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Mr. Christopher Shrikian

Newport Coast, CA May 18, 2016
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Mr. Levon Parsegian & Ms. Gayana Parsegova

San Diego, CA May 13, 2016
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Mr. Alex Hachigian

Newport Beach, CA May 2, 2016
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Mr. Mihran Markarian

Fountain Valley, CA May 2, 2016
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Updates: Images & Information

June 14, 2016

Initial renovation work has begun at the Ljashen Village school. ‪‎SERVICE Armenia 2016‬ will be arriving shortly and will continue renovation work on three classrooms as one of their service sites.

 
July 4, 2016

SERVICE Armenia 2016‬ has begun their service work at the Ljashen Village School! Funds for this classroom were raised through the efforts of Alex Hachigian (CA) and contributions from the entire SERVICE Armenia 2016 group. They raised the funds necessary to renovate this classroom at the school and will spend several service days during the next month completing renovations.