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Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Valentina K.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Valentina K.

Description

Nor Luyce works with young girls, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages and/or from poverty stricken families from Gyumri, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive roles models and emotional support. The reduction of isolation is provided by mentors and by field trips, which expose the children to various work and educational settings. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of either beginning or continuing to help implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Valentina K., with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket cost towards her education. Valentina Khachatryan was born in Gyumri, located in Shirak region. There are six people in her family: her father, mother, brother, grandmother, grandfather and herself. Her father is a teacher. He works in a school, but because of a serious accident, he is now on forced leave. He has had many surgeries. Her mother is a nurse and works as a laboratory assistant in a private clinic. Her grandparents do not work. The monthly income of the family is 200.000 AMD.

Currently, Valentina is in her first year at the Yerevan State Medical University, and is studying at the Faculty of “General Medicine.” She joined the Nor Luyce program in 2020. Now she is in the Higher Education Phase. Since the beginning of the project, Valentina has always been active, proactive, and willing to participate in all meetings, events and implemented programs. She is confident, intelligent, modest.

At the moment, Valentina has a problem with her tuition fees, because the annual fee at the Yerevan State Medical University is 1 million Armenian drams, which is a big burden for her family.

Valentina needs our support. $1,000 will cover her tuition fee for one year. She couldn’t apply for a discount because both of her parents work through they earn not enough to cover her tuition fee. The requested scholarship funds will help Siranush continue her studies.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Valentina K.
$0 of $1,000 raised
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The Need

Children living in orphanages and/or within poverty stricken families are often isolated and may lack the knowledge, adult support and financial ability necessary to make appropriate life choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.

Short Term Impact

Valentina K. will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition.

Long Term Impact

The long-term goal is that, being given the opportunity to continue pursuing her educational goals at the university level will give Valentina the reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful live.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and The Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girls’ progress during their university studies.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Violeta M.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Violeta M.

Description

Nor Luyce works with young girls, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages and/or from poverty stricken families from Gyumri, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive roles models and emotional support. The reduction of isolation is provided by mentors and by field trips, which expose the children to various work and educational settings. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of either beginning or continuing to help implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Violeta M., with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket cost towards her education. Violeta Minasyan was born in the city Gyumri, located in Shirak region. Her family is made up of four people: her mother, her father, her sister, and herself. Violeta’s father is not working at the moment; he used to go abroad for work, but due to the war situation, he has been staying here. Her mother works as a midwife in the local maternity hospital in Gyumri, and her sister is a student. The monthly income of her family is 90,000 AMD.

Currently, Violeta is studying in the Service department at Shirak State University to become a specialist in the service field. She first began her involvement at Nor Luyce in 2015. Now, Violeta is a graduate of Nor Luyce. Before participating in our program, Violeta was shy, not very active, and less confident, but after participating in the program, she became bolder, more active and confident. She actively participates in all Nor Luyce events and has gained professional direction. She is now studying in her dream major and has managed to receive very high marks in school over the years.

Violeta is currently having a problem paying her tuition fees due to the financial strain on her family. The tuition fee is 250,000 AMD per year.

Violeta needs our support. $800 will cover her tuition fee for one year. The requested scholarship funds will help her continue her studies.

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Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Violeta M.
$0 of $800 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Children living in orphanages and/or within poverty stricken families are often isolated and may lack the knowledge, adult support and financial ability necessary to make appropriate life choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.

Short Term Impact

Violeta M. will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition and transportation.

Long Term Impact

The long-term goal is that, being given the opportunity to continue pursuing her educational goals at the university level will give Violeta the reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful live.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and The Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girls’ progress during their university studies.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ruzanna M.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ruzanna M.

Description

Nor Luyce works with young girls, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages and/or from poverty stricken families from Gyumri, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive roles models and emotional support. The reduction of isolation is provided by mentors and by field trips, which expose the children to various work and educational settings. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of either beginning or continuing to help implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Ruzanna M., with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket cost towards her education. Ruzanna Mkhitaryan was born in the city of Gyumri, located in Shirak region. Her family consists of 4 people: Ruzanna, her father, her mother, and her brother. Ruzanna’s father  travels abroad for work. Her brother was wounded while serving in the 44-Day War in Artsakh and is now disabled. As a result, he was discharged prematurely from the military. Her mother works as a salesperson in a store. The family’s monthly income is 80,000 AMD, which mostly comes from government aid.

Currently, Ruzanna is studying Law in the Gyumri Branch of the European University. Ruzanna joined the program at Nor Luyce in 2018. In the past, Ruzanna was one of the best mentees, and now she continues her involvement with Nor Luyce as a mentee. She often participates in volunteer work, attends all important events, and is ready to support everyone in need. Before joining Nor Luyce, Ruzanna was quiet, reserved, had very few friends, and did not trust others, but after participating in the program, she has become more confident, sociable, and active. She has made many new friends and has learned to trust people and be more patient.

Ruzanna currently is struggling to pay her tuition at the university due to her family’s difficult financial situation. The tuition is 300,000 AMD per year.
 
Ruzanna needs our support. $900 will cover her tuition fee for one year. Her university does not offer any discounts. The requested scholarship funds will help Ruzanna continue her studies.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ruzanna M.
$0 of $900 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Children living in orphanages and/or within poverty stricken families are often isolated and may lack the knowledge, adult support and financial ability necessary to make appropriate life choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.

Short Term Impact

Ruzanna M. will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition.

Long Term Impact

The long-term goal is that, being given the opportunity to continue pursuing her educational goals at the university level will give Ruzanna the reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful live.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and The Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girls’ progress during their university studies.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Siranush A.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Siranush A.

Description

Nor Luyce works with young girls, ages 14-17, from two local orphanages and/or from poverty stricken families from Gyumri, Armenia. Under the direction of their Executive Director, Shoghik Mikayelyan, the program provides their mentees with positive roles models and emotional support. The reduction of isolation is provided by mentors and by field trips, which expose the children to various work and educational settings. In addition, Nor Luyce’s program emphasizes the development of educational and career plans. They are now at the stage of either beginning or continuing to help implement each older child’s plan for higher education. Each child has also either completed or is in the process of completing a career plan, which includes the most appropriate type and place of higher education.

Nor Luyce is trying to provide Siranush A., with a scholarship that would reduce her out of pocket cost towards her education. Siranush Arakelyan was born in the village of Kamo, located in Shirak region.  Her household has seven people in it: her mother, her grandmother, her grandfather, her uncle, her uncle’s wife, her cousin, and herself. Siranush’s father died when she was very young. Her mother works in a store as a saleswoman and other members of her family are engaged in agricultural work. The family’s monthly income is 75,000 AMD.

Currently, Siranush is studying at Gyumri State Medical College to become a nurse. She started as a mentee at Nor Luyce in 2021 and is now completing the Skills Development Phase. Before participating in the program,  Siranush was reserved, withdrawn, had few friends, and did not trust people at all. Coming into the city from the village was difficult for her, but after participating in the program, she has become more confident, sociable, active, and has made many new friends.

Siranush currently has an issue paying her tuition fees as her family is in a very difficult place financially and will not be able to come up with the money. The tuition fee is 220,000 AMD per year

Siranush needs our support. $1,000 will cover both her tuition fee for one year and her transportation cost since she is commuting from the village. Siranoush has received a 30% discount for her education because she is coming from a single-parent household. The requested scholarship funds will help Siranush continue her studies.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Siranush A.

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

The Need

Children living in orphanages and/or within poverty stricken families are often isolated and may lack the knowledge, adult support and financial ability necessary to make appropriate life choices. As a consequence, many of these children are deprived from the opportunity to pursue their education. The frustration of these deficits in addition to the expectation that they will not be able to afford additional education may even lead to a lack of motivation to seek the knowledge and support needed. By being given the opportunity to pursue educational goals, they will be able to secure job opportunities, a good future and a successful life.

Short Term Impact

Siranush A. will receive the financial support she needs, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of her college tuition and transportation.

Long Term Impact

The long-term goal is that, being given the opportunity to continue pursuing her educational goals at the university level will give Siranush the reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful live.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and The Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girls’ progress during their university studies.

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Mr. & Mrs. Leon & Salpi Bablouzian

Newtonville, MA
In Honor Of Aida Kargodorian January 19, 2023

Musical Armenia

Musical Armenia

Description

Musical Armenia was founded in 2017, to support youth music education in Armenia. They believe that every child in Armenia should have access to music education, regardless of financial means. Musical Armenia has partnered with The Paros Foundation to help provide tuition scholarships and instruments for underprivileged children. Musical Armenia is solely supported by individual donors.

This project aims to provide full, ongoing music scholarships to children from socially vulnerable families in Vanadzor who attend the Orran Center and children in need from Nork Marash who attend the Andreasyan School of Music. The budget includes funds allocated for securing instruments, transportation costs and other related expenses whenever needed.

Your contribution of $14 per month ($168 per year) will sponsor one child for the duration of one year. Sponsorship in any amount is welcomed.

Region

Lori, Yerevan

City / Village

Vanadzor, Nork Marash

Start Date

January 2023

End Date

December 2024
Musical Armenia
$0 of $14,000 raised
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The Need

Children who attend the Orran Center in Vanadzor and the Andreasyan School of Music in Nork Marash have been identified who would like to study music, but are unable to pay for tuition due to their family’s economic condition.

Short Term Impact

Children will study music in a warm and nurturing environment. This includes learning an instrument, studying music theory, and having the opportunity to sing in the school choir (optional). In addition, the project increases teacher salaries, since teachers are paid per student and the project increases the number of students.

Long Term Impact

Musical education teaches discipline, helps develop good work ethic, increases self-esteem and empowers children. This project will sponsor children for the duration of their studies (maximum 8 years), making a lasting investment in the child’s development. The goal is to inspire and allow the children to explore their talents and reach their full potential. Furthermore, this project has the potential to promote Armenia’s rich culture.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation and Musical Armenia websites. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Debi Arach Children’s Center 2023 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2023 Operating Budget

Description

The Paros Foundation launched the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 185 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children’s Center, which in Armenian means “moving forward,” helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes. Additionally, they are served a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they would otherwise not have. Furthermore, the Center addresses a very important hygienic need by providing the children in attendance with supervised bathing facilities. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. This project is impacting the lives of hundreds of socially vulnerable children by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.

To date, the center has already had several important successes. At least nine children have been taken out of boarding schools, attend our center and now live back at home with their families. Many of the children who were receiving poor grades in school are now achieving top scores. The children have become socially well adjusted and much more healthier than before with the continued consumption of multi-vitamins and a daily well-balanced meal. Staff trainings take place with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.

The center is working on funding year nine and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and career planning opportunities. $82,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center. In January of 2017, Debi Arach successfully launched its first program within its Vocational Training Center, teaching children computer programming, 3d printing and robotics curriculum. The goal of this newest component is to provide these children with marketable job skills in order to help them work themselves out of poverty. In 2019, with the long term commitment by Dr. & Mrs. Gary and Linda Assarian (MI) the vocational training program was renamed the Assarian Vocational Training Program

Region

Shirak / Շիրակ

City / Village

Gyumri / Գյումրի

Start Date

April 2022

End Date

March 2024
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2023 Operating Budget
$63,000 of $82,000 raised
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The Need

Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with no hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. The children’s center will continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend afterschool and summer school programs providing them with the additional skills necessary for a successful future. Additionally, these children suffer from malnutrition and related illnesses due to a lack of well-balanced meals. The center will continue to provide each child with a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they need. Furthermore, many families were forced to take refuge in overseas shipping containers (domiks), or in condemned buildings after the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake or due to their poor socioeconomic status. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat to take showers. The Center will address this very important hygienic need by continuing to provide the children in attendance with supervised new bathing facilities.

Short Term Impact

The short-term 185 children will receive immediate support and guidance to help them succeed for the second year. The Center will continue offer nutritious meals, bathing facilities, counseling opportunities, homework aid and tutoring and core classes including English, Computer, Art/Design, and Math.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, with the success of the Center’s current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of “social orphans” and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri’s economy.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to sponsor the operating cost for 2023 of the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center’s website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will proudly arrange a visit to the new Center when you are in Armenia.

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Lenna Bablouzian

Arlington, MA
In Memory Of Ayda Kargodorian January 25, 2023
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Mr. Morley Pitt and Mrs. Elaine Kapjian-Pitt

San Francisco, CA December 31, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Adrianus & Michelle Van Tol

North Hills, CA December 31, 2022
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Walnut Creek, CA December 31, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. George & Naomi Davitian

Parkland, FL December 30, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Katie Assarian

Grand Rapids, MI December 28, 2022
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 15, 2022
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John Mirak Foundation

Arlington, MA December 7, 2022

High-Tech Education for Children

High-Tech Education for Children

Description

Educators around the globe are aggressively promoting STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for children in schools.  These important subjects help secure student’s futures in a world filled with high tech advances in nearly every aspect of live.  

This project aims to augment existing high tech classes including robotics, computer programming and 3-d printing  at schools and children centers across Armenia with additional hardware and educational materials aimed at familiarizing students with drone and photography technology.  Support this effort and help arm our future generations with the skills they need to succeed in our ever changing world.  

Region

All

City / Village

All

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One Year From Start
High-Tech Education for Children
$48,000 of $55,000 raised
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The Need

Students need to be armed with STEM education to compete in an every increasing high tech society.  Current STEM classes offered in most of Armenia’s schools do not include drone and photography education.  This project will help familiarize students with this technology. 

Short Term Impact

In the short term, schools and children centers will receive both hardware and appropriate instruction on drone usage, repairs and maintenance.  

Long Term Impact

In the long run, as these students are exposed to and master drone usage, they will be more confident in their abilities to utilize drones.  In addition, having this technology and classes available in schools will encourage them to pursue related tech careers and higher education. 

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 programs can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Ms. Anahid Yeremian

Menlo Park, CA January 8, 2023
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Dr. Gregory Sirounian

Garden City, NY January 7, 2023
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Ms. Anahit S. Turgman

Pasadena, CA December 31, 2022
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Taline Baltayan

Canada December 29, 2022
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Media, PA December 28, 2022
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Beverly Hills, CA December 28, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA December 27, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Delores Arabian

San Mateo, CA December 27, 2022
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Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

Description

The Kharpert Home for Special Children is an orphanage located in the village of Nor Kharpert serving more than 250 children with varying degrees of developmental disabilities. The orphanage is a state run facility that receives governmental support to provide these vulnerable children with their basic care and education.

Excursions for these children to amusement parks and/or other appropriate venues provide these children with both valuable community experience and needed recreation. Children with disabilities in Armenia are generally kept sheltered from society. These children do not attend school, but rather attend classes at the orphanage. It is important for both these children and society for these children to experience community life.

For each donation of $250, approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of care provides will be able to go on an excursion to Yerevan at Victory Park, or another appropriate venue for a morning or afternoon of activities including transportation, admission and snacks. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

Region

Ararat

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

October 28, 2022

End Date

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

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

The Need
Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit these children regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact of this project will be the employment of a bus driver, money being spent in Armenia’s local economy and most important the education and social benefits for 20 children with developmental disabilities.
Long Term Impact
This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to the Kharpert Home for Special Children will be recognized at the Center and your name listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.
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Nyire Melconian

Locust, NJ November 1, 2022

School Improvements for Students in Paruyr Sevak

School Improvements for Students in Paruyr Sevak

Description

The village of Paruyr Sevak was founded in 1978 and named after the famous poet Paruyr Sevak.  The village is located in the Ararat Region and is near the border of Nakhchivan and occasionally receives cross border sniper fire.  Almost 600 people live in the village of Paruyr Sevak. There is no gas infrastructure in the area, so families burn wood or use electricity to heat their homes and public buildings.  Improvements were recently made to the drinking water infrastructure for homes in Paruyr Sevak.  Irrigation water continues to be a problem for the village and dramatically effects their ability to farm.

The village’s school, is in overall poor condition.  The campus was originally designed in the 80s to encompass three large buildings, but only one of them was actually completed.  The 80+ students that attend this school, do so in substandard conditions.  The school does not have heating so it is cold in the winter.  Students do not have any appropriate inside or outside space for gym class, or physical activities.  There is a shortage of space within the existing building for extra curricular activities such as dance classes, choir practices and community gatherings.  

Improvements to the school will be made in phases as funding permits with the most important first step being the installation of a heating system into the school.  This will cost approximately $40,000.  In addition, an outside sports court will be built allowing children an appropriate space to play basketball, soccer and volleyball.  This will cost approximately $9,000.  Finally, one large multipurpose room will be renovated with bathrooms and locker rooms to allow children to have dance class and other enrichment activities for the school.  This will cost approximately $36,000.  

Work will commence as funding is raised for this project.  

 

City / Village

Paruyr Sevak

Region

Ararat

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Six months after start
School Improvements for Students in Paruyr Sevak
$46,100 of $85,000 raised
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The Need

The school in the village of Paruyr Sevak does not have a functioning heating system for the cold winter months.  In addition, the school overall is in poor condition and does not have appropriate space for assemblies, dance classes and/or other gatherings including gym class. 

Short Term Impact

In the short term, as work begins on the school, several temporary employment positions will be created and a modest economic benefit will be realized as all materials and will be purchased locally.  

Long Term Impact

In the long run, children and staff will dramatically benefit from these improvements to the school including proper heating and appropriate physical activity space, both which will keep them healthier and contribute to an overall more positive environment at the school and in the village. 

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 Paruyr Sevak can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Nick Cabraloff

Boston, MA December 31, 2022
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Anahid Ounanian

Mattituck, NY December 20, 2022
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Stevenson Ranch, CA December 6, 2022
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Stepan Kanarian

Medfield, Ma, MA December 2, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Linda Cirella

Beverly Hills, CA
December 1, 2022
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Ms. Lauren Piligian

MA, United States October 15, 2022
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Taline Sarian

United States October 15, 2022
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Susan & Stepan Piligian

Westford, MA October 15, 2022
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Mr. Andrew Piligian

United States October 15, 2022
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Paros Housing, After-School & Vocational Center

Paros Housing, After-School & Vocational Center

Description

The 1988 Spitak Earthquake caused the death of more than 35,000 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless.  Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri, was most affected by the earthquake.  In the years that followed, Armenia’s Independence, the Artsakh War and corrupt regional and local officials all contributed to a massive housing shortage, the inability to emerge from this housing shortage, and generational poverty in Gyumri.  Today, almost 2,000 domiks are still “home” to people in Gyumri.  While the development in Gyumri has considerably advanced in recent years, this housing shortage continues to exist. 

 

To date, The Paros Foundation has purchased 26 homes for domik families, and demolished 26 domiks, ensuring no one will ever live in one again.  In early 2022, the new Mayor of Gyumri proposed to The Paros Foundation that the city provides The Foundation with one of Gyumri’s many half-constructed buildings, with the purpose of Paros completing the building’s construction and housing domik families.  The building that was selected and given to Paros is suitable for 16 residential apartments and has an additional 6,000 square feet that Paros will use to open a second branch of its Debi Arach Children’s Center, additional vocational training programs and/or a second social enterprise. 

 

The Paros Foundation has the experience and track record to successfully implement this project.  Its benefits will be multi-fold including:

 

  1. 16 domik families will receive a new home.
  2. 16 domiks will be demolished and land returned to the city.
  3. One unfinished building will be completed, eliminating another eye sore for the city.
  4. During the construction phase, more than $500,000 will be invested in Gyumri’s economy through material purchases and labor.
  5. Once completed, Debi Arach will create an additional 8 to 10 full time employment positions.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

8 months after start
Paros Housing, After-School & Vocational Center
$235,686 of $500,000 raised
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $250 One Time

The Need

More than 2,000 people remain homeless in Gyumri living in “domiks”.  This project will help create permanent housing for 16 families and eliminate 16 domiks.  

Short Term Impact

The construction of 16 apartments and a second branch office of Debi Arach Children’s Center will create approximately 20 construction jobs for almost one year.  There will be a local bump in the economy as labor and materials will be purchased locally whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

16 families will receive new apartments.  16 domiks will be demolished and the land returned to the city for public use.  100 children will receive the benefits proven through the programing at Debi Arach and 8 to 10 full time employment positions will be created at the new location.  

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. Eddie Istanbul

Morristown, NJ January 15, 2023
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Mr. Samuel Khatchadourian

Glendale, CA
January 12, 2023
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Mr. John Halebian

New York, NY January 9, 2023
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Mr. Georges Avakian

La Canada, CA January 6, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Vahe & Peggy Ishkhanian

Northridge, CA January 5, 2023
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Mr. Kevin Sheridan

New York, NY January 4, 2023
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Mr. John Koroyan

Newark, CA January 3, 2023
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Updates: Images & Information

August 15, 2022

Our first fundraiser for this important project will be held in Detroit, MI on September 15th!