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Stepanavan St. Gregory The Illuminator School #2 Improvement Project


The town of Stepanavan is located in Armenia’s northern portion of the Lori Region. More than 10,000 people live in this ancient town. Stepanavan can trace it earliest settlements to the 4th century. Stepanavan was devastated by the 1988 earthquake including losing one of its primary schools. The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church raised the funds to build a new school for the children in Stepanavan. Vartkes Barsam, a philanthropist and active member of the Armenian community of Los Angeles served as project manager and oversaw the construction. The school was opened on 2003 and has served more than 525 children per year since. While the school has been well maintained, it is time to address some of the larger needs of the school starting with the heating system, school windows, bathrooms and to create a kitchen and dining hall.  Following these important capital improvements, the balance of the school will receive a cosmetic renovation including new lighting and a fresh coat of paint.

A new boiler room will be built adjacent to the school and two large capacity boilers will be installed to heat new radiators throughout the school (which also have to be installed.) New windows throughout the school will also be installed to improve the efficiency of the overall heating of the school. This phase of work will cost the following:

$6,000 Construction of a new boiler room.
$95,000 Installation of two new boilers, pipes and radiators throughout the three floors of the school.
$44,000 Installation of 540 square meters of new double pain windows throughout the school.


Lori / Լոռի

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Stepanavan / Ստեփանավան

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End Date

Four months from start date
Stepanavan School #2 Improvement
$201,025 of $325,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

School #2 in Stepanavan serves more than 525 children. The school needs a new heating system and new windows to help provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children in which to learn.

Short Term Impact

In the near term, more than 525 children and the school’s staff will enjoy a safer and more comfortable learning environment. The local economy will benefit with locals labor and materials utilized whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, thousands of children and staff will benefit from the renovations completed at the school. Because of better heating, the school will better accommodate a variety of after school programming for the children in the colder winter months.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this project will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website, on a plaque at the Stepanavan St. Gregory The Illuminator School #2, and in appropriate press related to this important project. Visits can be arranged to Stepanavan for sponsors during their visits to Armenia.

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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA September 6, 2023
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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA April 24, 2023
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Ms. Mary Kanian

Walnut, CA
In Memory Of Vartkes Barsam April 18, 2023
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Mrs. Sheila Papayans

Palos Verdes Estates, CA April 10, 2023
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The Shirvanian Family Foundation

Newport Beach, CA April 4, 2023
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Mr. Dickran Barsam

North Hollywood, CA March 29, 2023
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Updates: Images & Information

October 18, 2018

Diane Barsam visited the school with Paros Project Manager, Gegham Minasyan to discuss the school's needs and to formalize plans for future assistance.

August 12, 2019

With enough funding available to replace all of the exterior windows, work began on removing and replacing all of the windows.

September 12, 2019

Work on all of the exterior window replacement is complete and minor temporary repairs were made to the walls around the new windows until such time that funding is available for the school's interior remodel. The next effort will be to replace the school's heating system.

November 29, 2022

The school's heating system has been replaced with new radiators, pipes, and boilers throughout the entire 3 story school providing much needed heat during the winter. 

July 2, 2023

Today our crew has started renovation on the school's gym roof. 

July 15, 2023

Gym roof renovation has finished. The students now have an insulated gym roof to allow them to play comfortably. 

August 28, 2023

The multiple bathroom renovations have begun. We can't wait to give the students new and clean restrooms. 

October 22, 2023

The first bathroom renovation is finished! We will soon start construction on the next set of bathrooms. 

December 13, 2023

All 14 bathroom renovations are complete! With the support of our donors were able to renovate every bathroom at the Stepanavan St. Gregory the Illuminator School #2.