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Share-A-Pair, a project to get shoes to Armenia’s children, needs your help!
Launched in the Los Angeles area by Kristen and Bridget Abajian, and Sophia Dilsizian, this effort’s goal is to provide 1,000 quality pairs of shoes to Armenia’s needy children.

“When we lived in Armenia, and in later visits, we saw the difficult conditions orphan and extremely poor children live in. We decided to dedicate our time and effort to helping Armenia’s children by trying to fill the important need for shoes. While having one extra pair of shoes for us here in the U.S. doesn’t mean much, a pair of new shoes for an orphan or a very poor child in Armenia is very valued. Please consider helping us help these children.” Said Kristen Abajian in her fundraising appeal.

The goal of raising $10,000, which will provide more than 1,000 quality shoes for children, will hopefully be reached with the help of friends and supporters around the country. We hope to reach the goal and deliver the first batch of shoes to both children in the orphanages and other children in need in the summer of 2011.

Share-a-pair is able to purchase one quality pair of shoes for $10. Donations are welcomed in any amount. 100% of the proceeds will be spent buying new shoes and putting them on the feet of children in need. Donations of new practical shoes in all sizes are also appreciated and welcomed. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and be sure to visit us on facebook. Thank you!



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The Need
Armenia is a developing country that is struggling economically. More than 1,200 Orphans live in 15 orphanages throughout Armenia. While these facilities provide for the children’s basic needs, they cannot keep up with the ongoing needs for shoes for all the children. In addition, several orphanages house children with disabilities, who walk with difficulty and wear through shoes very quickly. Families in need find it extremely difficult to provide their children with basic necessities such as shoes for school and warm winter shoes.
Short Term Impact
Share-a-pair will positively impact 1,000 children by providing them with a pair of shoes or warm winter boots.
Long Term Impact
Because some shoes will be purchased in Armenia, the local economy will also benefit through the infusion of capital.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to share-a-pair will be recognized on their webpage and in appropriate printed materials, and your name listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to a shoe distribution location site when you are in Armenia.
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San Francisco, CA June 1, 2012
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United States April 29, 2012
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Redondo Beach, CA December 1, 2011
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Brookfield, WI November 9, 2011
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December 25, 2010

The Share-a-Pair project is officially launched. Co-Founders, Bridget and Kristen Abajian and their friend, Sofia Dilsizian begin raising needed funds from their families and friends.

June 15, 2011

Share-a-Pairs founders and volunteers begin distributing more than 500 pairs of shoes to Armenia's orphanages in Vanadzor, Gavar and Nork. Upon their return to the US, the founders entered into a three year partnership with TOMs Shoes to supply shoes to Armenia.

March 30, 2012

25,000 pairs of new TOMs Shoes arrived into Armenia today and are ready for distribution!

June 4, 2012

Volunteers arrive into Armenia and join the Paros Staff to begin distributions of TOMs Shoes throughout needy communities in Armenia.

November 21, 2012

25,000 pairs of shoes were successfully distributed to 11 orphanages, 8 boarding schools, 12 organizations and more than 14 town and more than 100 villages throughout Armenia.