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Nor Ughi School Gym


Nor Ughi Village is located in Armenia’s Ararat Region and is home to the Vedi Alcohol Company.  Almost 2,000 people call Nor Ughi and neighboring Ginevet Village their home.  Many in these villages are employed at Vedi Alcohol factory or are engaged in agricultural activities. 

162 students attend the village school from both the neighboring village of Ginevet and Nor Ughi, which is in overall poor condition.  Portions of the school have been modestly renovated using the school’s annual budget.  The gymnasium at the school has heat and new windows, but the walls, floors, ceiling, adjacent hallway and locker rooms need a complete renovation.  Currently, students cannot utilize the gym in its entirety because of the fact that the existing wood flooring is rotten and unsafe to walk on in many areas. 

Mr. and Mrs. John & June Mangassarian from Rhode Island, visited the school in the past as part of his leadership with a Fuller Center project in the same village.  The Mangassarians have pledged to match any contribution to this important project to help.  

Work on this gym will take an estimated four months to complete and will include repairs to the walls and ceiling, new electrical, flooring and paint.  The locker rooms and hallway will also be renovated as part of this project. 



City / Village

Ginevet, Nor Ughi

Start Date

April 17, 2023

End Date

July 14, 2023

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

The Need

162 students that attend the Nor Ughi School in the communities of Nor Ughi and Ginevet cannot use the school’s gym because it is in need of a full renovation.  The school’s modest annual budget does not allow it to renovate this facility.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the village will receive a modest economic benefits of construction related costs as construction materials will be purchased locally and the work will be completed with local labor crews.  Once completed, 162 students at the school will receive the benefits of having a fully functioning gym at the school.  

Long Term Impact

Over the useful life of the school’s gym renovation, an estimated 2,000 children will receive the benefits of sports at their school.  This will promote both a healthier lifestyle and help them focus on their studies. 

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Sponsor names will also be listed on a plaque at the school. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Melanie Donoian

East Greenwich, RI June 15, 2023
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Mr. Harry Kushigian

East Greenwich, RI May 13, 2023
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Greg, Carol, Ani & Richard Minasian

Andover, MA May 8, 2023
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Mr. Rafi Joharjian

Whitinsville, MA
May 6, 2023
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Mr. Peter Jelalian

Pearl River, NY May 5, 2023
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Ms. Melissa Simonian

North Providence, RI May 1, 2023
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Ms. Virginia Viera

Homosassa, FL April 30, 2023
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Updates: Images & Information

April 17, 2023

Construction began today at the Nor Ughi school's gym with our team working to remove the deteriorating plaster and loose paint from the walls and gym ceiling.

July 14, 2023
With work on the gym completed, an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate its opening. Students warmly greeted donors Mr. and Mrs. John & June Mangassarian with singing and dancing performances to show their appreciation for a brand new area for them to play.
December 7, 2023

With remaining funds from the renovation, we have purchased gym equipment including balls, jumprope, and gymnastics equipment for the students to play with.