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Assarian Vocational Training Program 2021-2023


The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015. The center, which provides over 180 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.

In 2016, Debi Arach launched their vocational training program at the center in order to provide young adults with a set of skills and tools they will need to secure gainful employment and help break their family’s cycle of poverty. Students participate in their choice of several programs including computer programing classes using a curriculum developed by the Union of Information Technology Enterprises, 3D printing and related software and programming, and computer repairs – both hardware and software. In 2019, additional vocational options was added to the program including instruction for cosmetologists, hair stylists, make up artists and manicurists and the eventual launch of the Hianali Beauty Center. The salon is run as a social enterprise open to the public for services as well as training classes for students. Furthermore, vocational courses are also offered at Digital Pomegranate and the Lentex Textile Factory, both located in Gyumri.  

In 2019, the vocational training program was renamed  Assarian Vocational Training Program in honor of the Dr. Gary and Linda Assarian Family Foundation, whose generous donations underwrite the vocational training programs. 

Sponsorship towards this project will help run the vocational programs in Gyumri, including staff wages and supplies. The goal is to help hundreds of people develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. 



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Start Date

January 2021

End Date

December 2023

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

The Need
Young adults living in extreme poverty in Gyumri, who are not interested or able to continue their higher education, have very bleak prospects for a successful future. To combat this reality, the Debi Arach Vocation Center provides job skills and aid in job placement in order to help these young adults change their lives towards a successful future by gaining real skills and securing real employment.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, 50 students, both current and new, will participate in one of several training programs offered for the duration of a year. Four trainers will be employed and facilitate classes.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, the cycle of poverty will be broken for the newer generations in Gyumri. The new skills these young adults will gain through vocational courses will help secure great jobs and provide opportunities to change their lives. In addition, Gyumri’s economy will also benefit from additional skills being introduced to the job market.
Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to sponsor the Debi Arach Vocational Center will be recognized on a plaque, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the vocational center when you are in Armenia.

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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
June 13, 2023
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
June 14, 2022
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
January 5, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Yvonne Korkoian

Farmington Hills, MI December 26, 2021

Updates: Images & Information

February 6, 2021

Today our team visited the Lentex Textile factory where Assarian Vocational Training Program participants are training to be seamstresses.

June 25, 2021

Participants are starting training at Digital Pomegranate where they will learn skills in software and programming, computer repairs, and many more useful computer skills. 

August 29, 2021

Construction on the Hianali Beauty Center is complete!

September 27, 2021

SERVICE Armenia 2021 Young Professionals visits Digital Pomegranate to learn about the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

October 17, 2021

Today the first hairstyling training at the Hianali Beauty Center was held. We are excited for participants to take many more training classes at the center. 

October 25, 2021

The Hianali Beauty Center is open! A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the momentous occasion and vocational training participants showcased the skills they have already learned at the Hianali Beauty Center. This joyous occasion marks the beginning of valuable skills learned at the Hianali Beauty Center.

July 12, 2022

SERVICE Armenia 2022 visits the Hianali Beauty Center to learn more about the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

October 21, 2022

Today participants from the Hianali Beauty Center Assarian Vocational Training program graduated the program. They were joined by the Paros Team that threw the graduates a party to celebrate their accomplishment.