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Purchase a Home 25 - Minasyan 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. The recipient of a new home raised through this project will be Zaruhi Minasyan and her two boys, 10 & 14 years old. 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. Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.



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Start Date

September 2020

End Date

December 2020

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
Immediately a family will be identified and an appropriate apartment purchased for them. The make shift housing unit which they currently occupy will be destroyed.
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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Updates: Images & Information

October 22, 2020

Zaruhi Minasyan signed the gifting and purchase agreement today! She and her two boys will be moving into their new home very soon.

December 4, 2020

Due to Covid-19 related complications, the Minasyan families move was delayed by a few weeks. Today is moving day. The crew from the Shirak Center NGO has been helping Zaruhi pack all of her belongings and move them into her new home.

December 5, 2020

Again with the help of the Shirak Center NGO crew, Zaruhi Minasyan's old domik has been torn down. Materials have been recycled and wood from the domik has been distributed to families to burn for heat.