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Paravakar Kindergarten Renovation


Paravakar is a border village in Armenia’s Tavush Province. About 1,300 people call Paravakar their home. Because of the threat of Azeri sniper fire, a bridge leading to the city of Berd is uncrossable. Villagers are forced to wind through the Shamshadin mountains to reach Berd, which almost triples their journey. The kindergarten in Berd currently serves more than 32 children in two groups. Shin construction company from Yerevan renovated two rooms of the kindergarten to house one of these groups. The rest of the building needs renovation including doors and windows, furniture and heating. The entire village of Paravakar has a serious water problem.  This issue will be addressed with the addition of a very large water reservoir for exclusive use by the kindergarten.  The exterior of the kindergarten remains partially exposed to Azerbaijan.



City / Village


Start Date

September 2018

End Date

November 2020

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

The Need

The current kindergarten in Paravakar needs renovation to both improve conditions for the children, and accommodate the creation of an additional group of 25 children. Following the renovation and furnishing of the kindergarten, the exterior of the building will be repaired to protect it from water seepage. A security wall will be built to guard children from any potential sniper fire. Finally, a new driveway, playground area and both hard and landscape will create an inviting space for the children and staff to spend time.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the interior of the kindergarten will be renovated prior to the start of the new school year to accommodate the additional children. Materials will be purchased locally and local labor will be used to also benefit the local economy. In the spring of 2019, work will begin on the security wall and to the exterior of the building. In the spring of 2020, landscaping and the remaining exterior work will be completed.

Long Term Impact

Annually, approximately 75 children will benefit from a safe, warm and happy environment to begin their early education. The village in general will benefit from having a significant part of their village’s infrastructure improved.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website, in appropriate press released to this project, and on a plaque installed at the Paravakar kindergarten.

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Friends of Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

Highlands Ranch, CO April 9, 2018

Updates: Images & Information

August 5, 2018

Our visit to Paravakar showed work progressing well. We are on schedule to have the interior work to accommodate the new group completed by September 1 for opening day!

September 4, 2018

Kitchen cabinets are being installed along with the new range and vent. The restrooms are also almost complete.

November 1, 2018

Paros Staff visited the Kindergarten today to inspect the progress of the work and plan for the next steps.

June 27, 2019

Following a rainy spring and equipment delays, the security wall construction is underway!

August 22, 2019

The new water reservoir and pipes are now installed and functioning to supply water to the entire kindergarten.

March 15, 2020

Due to the Cororna Virus, the Kindergarten is now closed until further decision by the government of Armenia.

May 19, 2020

Work on the kindergarten resumes. 

September 15, 2020

Paravakar Kindergarten classroom renovations are complete! A celebration was held with the kindergarteners where they saw their new kindergarten and received new toys from the Paros team.

October 1, 2020

Work on the exterior grounds of the kindergarten is completed. We are hopeful that in the coming weeks, Covid 19 will be under control and the kindergarten will reopen.

November 9, 2020

The Paravakar Kindergarten has been reopened! Kindergarteners are enjoying their newly renovated kindergarten.