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Border Home Renovation-Varsik V.


Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of more than 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community remains under constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. NKA was the single most damaged Armenian village during the Azeri conflict in the 1990’s. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous conditions. In particular, 70% of their fertile land is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a beneficiary village of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. With major financial support of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family over the last ten years, much of the village’s infrastructure has been completely rebuilt and improved including, but not limited to, its large secondary school, expanded kindergarten, medical center, emergency services building and water distribution system. In addition, several families have benefited from agribusiness and animal husbandry projects. Having funded the rebuilding of NKA’s infrastructure, the Atamian family is now focusing its attention on the reconstruction of severely damaged houses to provide decent and safe homes for deserving families in the village. Since 2012, a variety of work (ranging from $2,500 to $30,000) has taken place on more than 20 homes in the village.  

Varsik Vardanian lives with her son, daughter-in-law and four young grand-children. 

Vahe is a contract soldier, guarding the border in two- week shifts each month.  Varsik is retired.  They live in a large home of about 2,250 square feet.  They have one cow, two calves and a pig.  They also have a large plot of land near their home for the family garden.  Their home needs to be completely remodeled including a new roof, new windows, heating system, bathroom, kitchen and a full interior remodel.  This will allow the family to leave in clean, sanitary and comfortable conditions.  



City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

August 2022

End Date

October 2022

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

The Need

Varsik V.’s home needs to be completely renovated to help this border family live in a clean, safe and comfortable environment.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, work will be done to renovate this home.  The local economy will benefit as materials and labor will be secured locally whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, Varsik’s family will thrive in their new home and the community as a whole will benefit as conditions in their community continue to improve. 

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 these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY February 23, 2023
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY January 29, 2023
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY December 17, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Patricia Starzer

Erie, CO December 8, 2022

Updates: Images & Information

August 2, 2022

Renovation on Varsik V.'s home in the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur starts. 

October 26, 2022

Home renovations are complete! The family will shortly move into their newly renovated home.