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Packs on Backs Armenia: Gyumri


The Heros Humanitarian Foundation (HHF), a Los Angeles based non-profit organization, supports children in need and their educational advancement. The organization was founded in 2008 by six Armenian Americans with the belief that no child should be deprived of the essential necessities needed for their education regardless of their socioeconomic status. Their mission is to provide backpacks and school supplies to children living in poverty and from low socioeconomic households around the world. Through their Packs on Backs initiative, HHF hopes to motivate children, help them stay and excel in school, and have successful futures.

The Heros Humanitarian Foundation has partnered with The Paros Foundation to bring their Packs on Backs initiative to Armenia. The program will launch in Armenian’s second largest city, Gyumri, whose devastating history has left more than 100,000 residents homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty. These families often struggle to provide their children with life’s basic necessities; therefore making backpacks and school supplies a distant priority. Our goal is to provide 300 children in Gyumri with backpacks and school supplies and help them stay in school. Sponsorship of this project will help obtain backpacks and school supplies for 300 children in Gyumri, 100 of which will be attending the new Debi Arach Children’s Center and 200 to children from poverty stricken neighborhoods throughout the city. A donation of $30 will help obtain a backpack filled with supplies for one child. School supplies will be grade appropriate and include a combination of pencils, pens, pencil cases, notebooks, folders, erasers, sharpeners, glue, scissors, rulers, highlighters, and crayons. In-kind donations of the items listed are also welcomed.



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Start Date

February 2015

End Date

September 2015

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

The Need
It is very difficult for a child to learn and excel in their studies without a proper backpack and essential school supplies. In addition, without the proper supplies these children are less likely to attend school on a regular basis, hence severely hindering their educational growth and minimizing future opportunities.
Short Term Impact
300 children in Gyumri’s poverty stricken communities will receive proper backpacks and school supplies to aid in their educational advancement. Local school supplies will be purchased whenever economically feasible in turn boosting the local economy.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, 300 children in Gyumri’s poverty stricken communities will be given the opportunity to excel in their studies and further their educational careers. In additions, children will be motivated to attend school more regularly, and have increased self-esteem.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the Packs on Backs Armenia: Gyumri project will be recognized on The Heros Humanitarian Foundation website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project.
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The Heros Humanitarian Foundation

Glendale, CA May 28, 2015
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Ms. Salpi Kassardjian

Venice, CA
In Memory Of Nellie Aprahamian May 21, 2015
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Ms. Marcie Braddock

Oak Park, CA
In Memory Of Nellie Aprahamian May 20, 2015
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Ms. Karen Mikaelian

Westlake Village, CA
In Memory Of Nellie Aprahamian May 12, 2015
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Ms. Roupina Attarian

Glendale, CA
In Memory Of Nellie Aprahamian May 1, 2015
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Mrs. Rose Hovsepian

Granada Hills, CA
In Memory Of Nellie Aprahamian May 1, 2015
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Updates: Images & Information

Video Update

June 26, 2015

SERVICE Armenia 2015 participants dedicated a work day to fill more than 300 backpacks with school supplies and get them ready for distribution.

July 8, 2015

The Packs on Backs Armenia: Gyumri backpack and school supply distribution were held at the Debi Arach Children's Center with the help of SERVICE Armenia 2015 participants, Paros staff and volunteers. Children attending the center received backpacks filled with supplies, as well as their siblings. The remaining filed backpacks will be distributed to other children in need throughout Gyumri in the upcoming weeks prior to the start of school.

August 13, 2015

Debi Arach Children's Center Director, Aida Khachatryan and Shirak Center NGO President, Vahan Tumasyan, have began distribution of the remaining backpacks to children in need throughout Gyumri. They will continue distributions throughout the next few weeks.