Debi Arach Children's Center 2016 Operating Budget
The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 120 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children’s Center, which in Armenian means “moving forward,” helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes. Additionally, they are served a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they would otherwise not have. Furthermore, the Center addresses a very important hygienic need by providing the children in attendance with supervised bathing facilities. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. This project is impacting the lives of hundreds of socially vulnerable children by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.
To date, the center has already had several important successes. The children as a whole have gained several pounds since they have started attending, demonstrating their need for nutritious and consistent meals. Additionally, three children have been taken out of boarding schools and brought to our center and now live back at home with their families. Staff trainings have begun with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.
Currently the center is working on funding year two and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities with field trips to educational sites throughout Armenia, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and vocational training opportunities. $65,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center.
Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.
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Gateway Industry Inc.CA, United States
Dadourian FoundationNew York, NY
Leona's Gummy VitaminsUnited Arab Emirates
Mr. Razmig Boladian & Mrs. Ani Vartanian BoladianSan Francisco, CA
Mrs. Ani Vartanian Boladian, Mr. Razmig BoladianArcadia, CA
Mr. Ivan DennisonUnited Kingdom
Ms. Ellen Sarkisian ChesnutAlameda, CA
Ms. Isgouhi KassakhianLos Angeles, CA
Dr. Jeffrey Bogosian & Dr. Joan YazejianRolling Hills, CA
AnonymousIL, United States
Developmental Service for ArmeniaArcadia, CA
Ms. Arpi KouzouianBelmont, MA
The Debi Arach Children's Center held a huge celebration to mark its First Anniversary. Children, staff, & guests enjoyed entertaining games, songs, dances as well as a hearty dinner.
The Mobile Dental Clinic has arrived at the Debi Arach Children's Center and will provide dental screenings and treatment for the children and staff during the rest of the month.
The children enjoyed a fun day at the 2nd Annual SERVICE Armenia Carnival hosted by SERVICE Armenia 2016 participants, Paros staff and volunteers.
Today Nelly started university! Read all about it and see her picture below.
Today, the children from the center went on an excursion to Gyumri's oldest standing fortress ("Black Fortress"). They had the opportunity to learn about the history of the fortress and spend a exciting day out.
The kids attending the Debi Arach Children's Center received new winter boots through the Paros Share-a-Pair Operation Winter Boots project.
On December 24th, the center hosted a wonderful Christmas celebration for our students and staff. The children enjoyed a great meal, followed by a surprise visit from Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause! The children all received a wonderful bag of candy to take home for the holidays.
Thanks to the generous support of the Assarian Family Foundation today we officially launched the Vocational Training Program at Debi Arach! (For more information please see the Debi Arach Vocational Training project.)
Sponsors (and friends) of the Debi Arach Children's Center received a warm Valentine's Day greeting from the children and staff at Debi Arach. Special thank you to our volunteer Sarah Derderian who put this together!