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Verishen Kindergarten Expansion & Rebuild


The village of Verishen is located in Armenia’s Syunik Region and is part of the Goris administrative district.  The village is home to more than 2,200 residents.  The community has a large kindergarten that operates three groups with almost 90 children.  There are more than 40 additional children waiting to attend the kindergarten, however space limitations prevent them for opening two additional groups and accepting these children into the kindergarten.  In addition, the existing building is in overall poor condition and needs a complete cosmetic remodel including a new kitchen and new bathrooms throughout to improve the sanitary conditions of the facility. 



City / Village


Start Date

October 2021

End Date

December 2022

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

The Need

More than 40 children are waiting to attend kindergarten and receive the benefits of early education in the village of Verishen.  However, the existing building is too small and in too poor a condition to accept these additional children.  Once expanded, the existing building needs to also be fully renovated to improve the sanitary conditions within the facility.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the expanded and renovated kindergarten will add two additional groups of children (40+) and will hire additional staff to work at the kindergarten.  Local work crews and material suppliers will benefit economically  during the construction.  

Long Term Impact

In the long term, more than 130 children will benefit from the new and sanitary conditions within the kindergarten.  New teachers will benefit economically from the new staff positions.  Parents in the village will also benefit from their children attending the kindergarten.

Sponsors Benefits

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 this community can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Updates: Images & Information

October 1, 2021

Work began on the reinforcing and expansion of the two balconies at the kindergarten in the village of Verishen.

February 15, 2022

With the structural work on the exterior of the balcony expansions completed, work has begun on the inside of the four new classrooms.

April 18, 2022

The first phase of expanding the school is complete. The second phase of renovating four new classrooms continues.

December 19, 2022

With renovations wrapping up, final aesthetic touches are made to the building. This includes the locals volunteering to paint the outside of the kindergarten to make it more beautiful.

December 25, 2022

The Verishen Kindergarten's renovations have been successfully completed! A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening, and the kindergarteners were excited to see their new kindergarten.