School Improvements for Students in Paruyr Sevak
The village of Paruyr Sevak was founded in 1978 and named after the famous poet Paruyr Sevak. The village is located in the Ararat Region and is near the border of Nakhchivan and occasionally receives cross border sniper fire. Almost 600 people live in the village of Paruyr Sevak. There is no gas infrastructure in the area, so families burn wood or use electricity to heat their homes and public buildings. Improvements were recently made to the drinking water infrastructure for homes in Paruyr Sevak. Irrigation water continues to be a problem for the village and dramatically effects their ability to farm.
The village’s school, is in overall poor condition. The campus was originally designed in the 80s to encompass three large buildings, but only one of them was actually completed. The 80+ students that attend this school, do so in substandard conditions. The school does not have heating so it is cold in the winter. Students do not have any appropriate inside or outside space for gym class, or physical activities. There is a shortage of space within the existing building for extra curricular activities such as dance classes, choir practices and community gatherings.
Improvements to the school will be made in phases as funding permits with the most important first step being the installation of a heating system into the school. This will cost approximately $40,000. In addition, an outside sports court will be built allowing children an appropriate space to play basketball, soccer and volleyball. This will cost approximately $9,000. Finally, one large multipurpose room will be renovated with bathrooms and locker rooms to allow children to have dance class and other enrichment activities for the school. This will cost approximately $36,000.
Work will commence as funding is raised for this project.
The school in the village of Paruyr Sevak does not have a functioning heating system for the cold winter months. In addition, the school overall is in poor condition and does not have appropriate space for assemblies, dance classes and/or other gatherings including gym class.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, as work begins on the school, several temporary employment positions will be created and a modest economic benefit will be realized as all materials and will be purchased locally.
Long Term Impact
In the long run, children and staff will dramatically benefit from these improvements to the school including proper heating and appropriate physical activity space, both which will keep them healthier and contribute to an overall more positive environment at the school and in the village.
All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to Paruyr Sevak can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
Mr. Dean ShahinianArcadia, CA
Mr. & Mrs. Rob & Lauren GawrychLittleton, MA
Partamian/Kutzer FamilyWestwood, MA
Armenian Church of The Holy TranslatorsFarmington, MA
Ms. Heidi PriceWeston, MA
In Memory Of Robert & Raynee Price