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Debi Arach Happy Birthday Fund

Description

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 150 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.

To support the psychological development of the children and underscore their sense of self worth, developing positive childhood memories is important. To this end, each month, all of the children having birthdays will be celebrated following lunch with a cake. Both groups of attendees will celebrate the children monthly.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

January 2016

End Date

December 2018

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

The Need
Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with little hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. An important component of normal psychological developments are developing normal childhood memories. Celebrating important occasions such as a birthday with a group of their friends and peers significantly contribute to a child’s proper psychological development.
Short Term Impact
Sponsoring the Birthday Cake Fund will allow the Debi Arach Children’s Center to celebrate all of the children’s birthdays, with a monthly cake for each group. In addition to the benefit to the children, the local economy will gain a modest benefit from the sale of two larger cakes per month.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, children at the center will develop a sense of confidence and well being because of the well rounded and normal set of childhood memories they have developed as part of their attendance. This will contribute to the overall goal of helping these children gain the skills they need to become productive adults.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be listed on both the Paros Foundation and the Debi Arach Children’s Center websites. In addition, donors will be acknowledged at the Children’s Center and in any relevant press regarding this project.
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Mr. & Dr. Harout & Lena Soghomonian

Los Angeles, CA
In Honor Of Alec Soghomonian October 1, 2018
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Mr. Garabeth Abadjian

Los Angeles, CA February 11, 2018
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Ms. Lisa Manookian

Ardmore, PA November 29, 2017
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Mr. Richard Alonso & Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Manhasset, NY
In Honor Of Greg and Karmen Dadourian November 18, 2017
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Ms. Gohar Harutyunyan

NJ, United States November 17, 2017
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Ms. Talar Sarafian

United States November 11, 2017
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Mr. & Mrs. Mher & Sossy Tavidian

Glendale, CA
In Honor Of Daron Tavidians Christening November 9, 2016
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Updates: Images & Information

December 4, 2018

Birthdays are very important for the children at Debi Arach. We will continue to celebrate monthly and have incorporated all costs into the operating budget of the center.