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Purchase a Home 23 - Nalbandyan 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. Staff from The Paros Foundation have visited and identified the Nalbandyan family as a good candidate to benefit from our Purchase a Home project. The family consists of Vachik and Kristine Nalbandyan, Kristine’s mother and their two daughters. Vachik works a few days a week in Gyumri doing construction to help provide for his family. Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.



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Start Date

January 2020

End Date

April 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

Video Update

January 17, 2020

Tonight The Paros Foundation's team visited the Nalbandyan family and informed them that they have been selected to receive a new apartment. We also learned today that Kristine and Vachik are expecting their third child soon!

February 24, 2020

The Nalbandyan Family moved into their new home today with the help of the Shirak Center NGO staff and The Paros team. We wish them the best on their fresh start.