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Purchase a Home 18 - Chakhalyan Family


Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, tens of thousands of people were left homeless in the City of Gyumri. Many of these families took refuge in the overseas shipping containers (domiks) that were shipped into Armenia loaded with humanitarian relief supplies, or in condemned buildings. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat. The Armenian government has provided most of the families that lost their homes in the Earthquake with new housing units.

As people moved out of those makeshift housing units, others moved in. The 2,500 or so families that remain are Gyumri’s desolate families, who are not in line to receive a government provided apartment. Many of these families are comprised of single mothers, multiple children and/or the disabled.

This project will identify suitable needy families who can be moved into a new apartment and can demonstrate that they can afford their monthly utilities, etc. This is a sustainable model in that families that have been moved into permanent housing in the past have had a high degree of success maintaining their families and their new homes.

In 2014, Mariam, her husband and two children had saved up enough money to purchase their own domik.  They had lived in a neighboring rental domik since the time they were married.  On May 31, 2018, Mariam’s husband took his own life.  Mariam and her children receive governmental support to survive.

Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.


Shirak Շիրակ

City / Village

Gyumri Գյումրի

Start Date

May 2019

End Date

July 2019

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

The Need
2,500 families live in the city of Gyumri in temporary, make shift housing. These units are neither safe nor sanitary. These families and their children need a normal apartment in which to live.
Short Term Impact
Upon this project getting funded, an apartment will be purchased for this family. The make shift housing unit which they currently occupy will be dismantled.
Long Term Impact
In addition to this family and their improved mental state changing through the fact that they will be living in a normal housing situation, the city of Gyumri itself will improve with the removal of these make shift housing units.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website.
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Youredjian Family Charitable Foundation

Los Angeles, CA May 16, 2019

Updates: Images & Information

Video Update

May 30, 2019

Today the Paros team along with our friend and partner, Vahan Tumasyan from the Shirak Center visited the Chakhalyan Family to give them the great news that they were selected to receive a new home.

July 12, 2019

We accompanied the Chakhalyan Family to the notary office today so that they can sign their apartment's purchase contract! They are now officially homeowners!

July 22, 2019

The Chakhalyan Family has started packing their belongings and will soon move into their new home.

July 24, 2019

The Chakhalyan Family moved into their new apartment today. We are so happy for their new beginning. Soon with the help of the Shirak Center NGO crew, their old"domik" will be destroyed.