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Emergency Relief & Reconstruction Fund - Artsakh


A new axis of terror is being formed on a new front in the world—in Nagorno Karabakh or Artsakh with its historical name. On the morning of September 27th, Azerbaijan, with a population of 9 million people launched an attack on the small Christian Armenian civilian population of only 150,000 people who have lived in territory of Artsakh for thousands of years. More than 800 Armenians have been killed and more than 110,000 civilians have been displaced. Internationally banned cluster-bombs are being used against the civilian population in Artsakh. Azerbaijan is committing war crimes as they torture and kill POWs including the video recording of an Armenian soldier being beheaded and posted to social media. Schools, churches, hospitals and more than 2700 residential structures have been damaged and destroyed by continuing shelling of these civilian targets. Azerbaijan’s oil-rich corrupt dictator, Ilham Aliyev, has said he will not stop the attack until there are no Armenians left in Artsakh. Azerbaijan is doing all of this with the direct support and involvement of the Republic of Turkey, its population of 90+ million people, and its own corrupt dictator, Recep Erdogan and those countries including Israel that supply sophisticated weapon systems to Azerbaijan. Turkey, a NATO ally, is recruiting and transporting Syrian Jihadists to fight against Armenians with the goal of genocide and Turkish expansionism through the caucuses. Erdogan has stated that Turkey’s goal is to complete their ancestors’ failed attempt to exterminate the Armenian race during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Funds raised through this project will be allocated 100% to assist with the massive immediate humanitarian needs. Any funds remaining will be allocated to reconstruction efforts following a future ceasefire.



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Start Date

October 2020

End Date

December 2023

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

The Need
Because of this attack, a massive humanitarian crisis has been created throughout Armenia and Artsakh. More than 100,000 displaced people have left their homes and belongs in Artsakh, and have fled to Armenia with only basic essentials, if anything at all. Hospitals have become overwhelmed with both increasing Covid-19 patients and wounded soldiers and civilians. This coupled with the large scale mobilization of volunteers from throughout Armenia has created immediate needs for both food, medicine and basic clothing.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, the Paros team will reach out and help provide refugee families with immediate support in the form of food and financial support. Paros will work closely with Armenia’s government to help meet its immediate medical needs including medicine and hospital equipment.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, following a future ceasefire, Paros will help with the rebuilding efforts in Artsakh.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in relevant press.
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Ms. Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut

Alameda, CA October 5, 2023
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Ms. Ruzanna Katabyan

CA, United States September 26, 2023
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Dr. Nerses Sanossian

South Pasadena, CA September 21, 2023
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Windham, NH September 11, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Arax Fernandes

United States September 9, 2023
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Ms. Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut

Alameda, CA September 4, 2023
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October 17, 2020

These are some of the faces of the humanitarian crises in Artsakh. Yesterday the Paros team visited two families that have been displaced from Artsakh because of the Azeri attack to provide them with some financial support, staples and some toys for the children. Paros will continue supporting these and other families throughout this crisis.

October 25, 2020

Today the Paros team has launched #HeatForOurHeroes. Our goal is to supply a minimum of 1,000 warm winter coats to our brothers and sisters in Hayastan.

November 5, 2020
Thanks to all who supported our #HeatForOurHeroes effort, we are proud to report that 600 warm winter coats and 200 warm pants have already arrived in Armenia. Another batch of 600 coats will be arriving within the next two weeks.
November 9, 2020

Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to help meet the Ministry of Health's immediate need with the purchase and air shipment of 7 Electro Surgical Units to Armenia. These units will be distributed to hospitals and be put to immediate use. $17,000 was allocated to for these units, their supplies and air freight.

November 11, 2020

Thanks to several amazing donors, we have launched a matching challenge grant to raise a total of $400,000 for the Relief, Resettlement and Reconstruction effort. These funds will be used to help refugees displaced because of the war or peace agreement, resettle in Armenia and Artsakh.

November 12, 2020

160 heater/cookers were purchased in Armenia, filled with natural gas, and distributed for use by the military and refugees. 100 heaters were provided to the Defense Ministry for use in the field. The other 60 were provided to refugee families from Artsakh through a coordinated effort with the Ministry of Social and Labor Issues. $1,920 was allocated for the purchase of these heater cookers.

November 13, 2020

We LOVE partnerships. Our friends at Focus on Children Now asked for our support and involvement to help fund and install a heating system at the Arevik Hotel at Lake Sevan that will soon be housing 300 displaced people from Artsakh. FOCN and Paros are each contributing up to $5,000 for this important project.

November 30, 2020

Your matching donations have helped Nelli -a sniper, lawyer, single-mother- and her 3 year old daughter pay their rent while she looks for a new job. Nelli volunteered in the Four-Day War in 2016 and received a shrapnel wound to the leg. On September 27th, she once again bravely went to fight for her country for the past 2.5 months. We admire Nelli's strength and bravery and thank her for her service.

December 2, 2020

Today we launched The Paros Foundation’s Resettlement Program, which will take a comprehensive approach to refugee resettlement including thoroughly screening families, securing them permanent homes in Armenia (including renovation and furnishings), and engaging the families in appropriate economic activities to help them provide for themselves. Our goal is to help these families so they can successfully stay in Armenia.

December 13, 2020

Dr. Haig left the fighting in Syria several years ago and moved along with his three daughters to Ishkhanadzor, Artsakh. There, he was working in the village medical center and tending to his cows and pomegranate orchard. When the war broke out, Haig was forced to evacuate and try and move his cows when the Azeris overran Ishkhanadzor. He made it to Berdzor, where our staff rented trucks to move his cows to a temporary barn we found for him in the village of Nor Geghi, one of our beneficiary villages near Yerevan. Haig's cows and a newborn calf are safe and Haig and his daughters are now in Yerevan. This family joins thousands of other families who now need to be resettled in Armenia. Join us and help our resettlement fundraising efforts to help Dr. Haig’s family and so many more like them.

December 15, 2020

Most recently we were able to purchase three three high quality winter tents for use by our volunteer defenders along the new borders as winter sets in. These tents cost a total of $5,250 and were completely funded by your donations to our Emergency Relief Fund for Artsakh. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this happen.

February 26, 2021

Focus on Children Now (FCN), Sahman NGO, Teach For Armenia, and The Paros Foundation have entered into a coalition agreement to form the Armenian Resettlement Coalition (ARC) to help restart these families' lives in Armenia. The Paros Foundation is financially responsible for purchasing homes and home renovations. Sahman NGO, will implement a significant economic support effort such as providing livestock. Focus on Children Now (FCN) will completely furnish the homes with major appliances and will supplement each of the family’s children with a three-month nutrition. Teach For Armenia will provide each school-aged child a computer tablet and internet connection.

July 19, 2021

Thanks to the Armenian Resettlement Coalition, the first five families are settled in their newly renovated homes in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.

October 12, 2021

In Medz Masrik, five displaced families successfully move into newly renovated homes. 

September 3, 2022

Three more families receive homes in Metz Masrik. More families will be receiving homes in 2023. 

December 14, 2023

During the second half of 2023, four displaced Artsakh families received new homes. Thank you to our fellow members of the Armenian Resettlement Coalition for helping us make this possible.