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The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative and overhead costs allowing 100% of all donor contributions to go directly towards projects and supported organizations.

Donations to The Paros Foundation Projects for Prosperity are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To sponsor a project through The Paros Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization (Tax ID 20-5094630), or learn more about specific projects in need of funding, please contact us using the information below.

Contacts

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Berkeley CA 94710

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(310) 400 9061

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A Beacon of Hope for Armenians with Disabilities

A Beacon of Hope for Armenians with Disabilities

Description

The Paros Choir will host four concerts including three performances in the Earthquake affected towns (Spitak, Vanadzor and Gyumri) and a final concert in Yerevan. The audiences will include persons with disabilities, representatives of local authorities, businesses, and other decision makers. The local media will cover the events. A brief oral presentation of the project goals as well as a 3-minute video demonstrating the success of The Paros Choir (joint performance with the world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo, successful participation in international contests, etc.) will precede each of the concerts. The final concert in Yerevan will be preceded by a press conference aimed at securing a wider coverage of the project.

In compliance with its mission, the Paros Chamber Choir will be promoting active way of life and cultural inclusion for PWD by its concerts in the Earthquake affected zones and in the capital city of Armenia.

Duration: 6 months. Month 1: preparation phase. Months 2-5: concerts in the regions. Month 6 – press conference and final concert in Yerevan.

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Region

Lori, Shirak, Yerevan

City / Village

Gyumri, Spitak, Vanadzor, Yerevan

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Concerts to be organized and held within six months.
A Beacon of Hope for Armenians with Disabilities
$0 of $7,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Armenia are mostly excluded from cultural activities. Due to the difficulties accessing cultural centers, concert halls, museums, etc., people with limited mobility, especially wheelchair users rarely have an opportunity to attend a concert or cultural event. In addition, public perceptions of PWD prevent their inclusion in cultural activities.
Short Term Impact
The audiences of the four concerts will be no less than 500 persons. The press conference will secure a wide coverage of the project outcomes, and the media reports will increase the number of people learning about the Choir and its activities to at least 15,000.
Long Term Impact
The success story of the Choir and its performances will encourage PWD to live a full life and will push decision makers to make the cultural facilities accessible. In a longer perspective, the rights of thousands of Armenians with disabilities will be promoted.
Sponsors Benefits
The names of the donors/supporters will be published on paros.am, unison.am, disability.am websites, in addition to The Paros Foundation website and in any appropriate press materials. Their names will also be listed in the concert programs published within the framework of the project. In addition, the organizers will thank the donors during each of the concerts. The organizers may also consider placing the donors’ banners on the stages of the concerts. The press release for the concluding press conference will include the names of all of the donors.
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Adopt A School Restroom

Adopt A School Restroom

Description

Representatives of The Paros Foundation have visited more than 100 schools throughout Armenia. While some schools have either been renovated thanks to the Armenian government or as a result of the generosity of international donors, many remain in deplorable conditions and have little hope of being renovated in the near future. These conditions affect both the ability for students to learn, as well as the health of students and teachers.

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of the school bathroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, sinks, faucet and toilet. Whenever possible, the school staff, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

Throughout Armenia

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One month after start date
Adopt A School Restroom
$0 of $5,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
Students need a dignified and clean restroom to use while attending school. Currently, many students have no option other than to use unsanitary restroom facilities, or, even worse, avoid using the restroom at all until they reach a more appropriate venue, which can lead to health issues in later life.
Short Term Impact
The reconstruction of a bathroom will employ a at least one craftsman and support the local economy through the purchase of necessary building materials and fixtures.
Long Term Impact
Hundreds of children will benefit from a modern, dignified bathroom to use while attending school.
Sponsors Benefits
Donors will be recognized with a plaque installed at the school and on The Paros Foundation Website.
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Destroy This Domik 2

Destroy This Domik 2

Description

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless in the city of Gyumri. Many of these families took refuge in the overseas shipping containers (domiks) that were shipped into Armenia loaded with humanitarian relief supplies. Although more than a quarter century has passed since the earthquake, this depressive reality still remains. Currently, more than 3,500 dilapidated domiks are still scattered throughout Gyumri, about 1,000 of which are vacant. Many families who received homes through government aid did not demolish their old domiks.

Through our Purchase a Home project we have been working hard to find families new homes and demolish their old domiks in order to free Gyumri from these unsafe, unsanitary and depressing reminders of their difficult history. Recently, we have also teamed up with one of our partner organizations from Armenia, Shirak Centre NGO, to find sponsorship for this new and equally important project. Through this project we will work with Shirak Centre NGO to locate and identify the vacant domiks in Gyumri, purchase the domiks from their owners, demolish them and distribute the remaining scraps of wood to other families in need who are still living in domiks and condemned buildings. All remaining materials will be sold for scrap and those funds will be applied towards removing yet another domik. $1,000 is needed in order to complete this process per domik.

Our goal is to take as many domiks off of the market as possible. Demolishing these domiks has several benefits including raising the communities morale, returning land to its former use and providing firewood for fuel to impoverished families. Furthermore, this project has a significant environmental benefits; by using the scraps of wood from the domiks, less and less trees from nearby forests will need to be cut in order to serve this vital need.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One month from start date
Destroy This Domik 2
$0 of $1,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
Currently, about a 1,000 dilapidated and vacant domiks are still scattered throughout Gyumri. Now that they are vacant they need to be removed from the market in order to prevent other impoverished families form moving into these unsafe and unsanitary dwellings. Additionally, Gyumri’s public space has been cluttered with these unpleasant domiks. Removing them will help restore public space and help bring the city back to its former glory.
Short Term Impact
In the short term vacant domiks will immediately be identified, purchased from their owners, and demolished. Scraps of wood will be distributed to other families in need who are still living in domiks and condemned buildings. All remaining materials will be sold for scrap and those funds will be applied towards removing yet another domik. Additionally, jobs will be created for about 10-15 locals in order to help with the process and demolition of these domiks.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, fewer trees will be cut for firewood, public space will be cleared and returned to its previous use and the communities overall morale will improve.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website.
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Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion

Orphaned Children Day Excursion

Description

More than 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. These facilities provide for the children’s basic needs, but their limited budgets do not allow these children to participate in visits to popular historical sites, amusement parks, concerts, or attend cultural events.

Armenia’s orphan children should have the opportunity to experience popular cultural events, exhibits, and excursions. Many different activities and excursions can be organized for these children. The extent of the activity or trip is directly related to the sponsorship amount. For sponsorship amounts between $250 -$750 approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of chaperons will be able participate in a memorable activity. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

The Paros Foundation staff and volunteers will organize and oversee the excursion/activity. Opportunities to sponsor excursions for orphanages serving both disabled and non-disabled children exist. Whenever possible, our staff will work with the destination for the excursion to secure group pricing and/or discounts.

Armenia’s orphan children should have the opportunity to experience popular cultural events, exhibits, and excursions. Many different activities and excursions can be organized for these children. The extent of the activity or trip is directly related to the sponsorship amount. For sponsorship amounts between $250 -$750 approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of chaperons will be able participate in a memorable activity. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

The Paros Foundation staff and volunteers will organize and oversee the excursion/activity. Opportunities to sponsor excursions for orphanages serving both disabled and non-disabled children exist. Whenever possible, our staff will work with the destination for the excursion to secure group pricing and/or discounts.

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

Throughout Armenia

Start Date

Immediately
Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion
$0 of $300 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
Armenia’s orphanages generally are able to provide for their children’s basic care, but limited funding does not allow these children to visit museums, historical sites and popular cultural events. Allowing a child a few hours of recreation and/or entertainment as a regular child greatly enhances his/her outlook on life and reduces the emotional complexes of being an orphan.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact of this project will be the immediate employment of a bus driver, money being spent in Armenia’s local economy and most importantly the emotional and social benefits for 20 orphan children.
Long Term Impact
This project has considerable long-term emotional, educational and psychological benefits for the children, as they will be able to participate in activities that are above and beyond basic existence in an orphanage.
Sponsors Benefits
Your support of this project will be recognized at the relevant Orphanage, 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 care facility when you are in Armenia.
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Support for the Kharpert Home

Support for the Kharpert Home for Special Children

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.

Children with disabilities in Armenia are generally kept sheltered from society. These children do not attend school, but rather attend classes at the orphanage and work on arts and crafts.
Furthermore, some of the children use wheelchairs, canes, walkers and other medical equipment to aid their mobility. Due to normal wear and tear, the home is often in need of outside aid in order to replace these much-needed items.

Sponsorship of this project will help obtain four new walkers for the children as well as support their arts and crafts program.

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

2015

End Date

2015
Support for the Kharpert Home
$3,435 of $6,545 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

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 always allow for extracurricular activities such as arts & crafts. Also, additional funds are always needed to help obtain medical equipment vital to the children’s’ mobility.
Short Term Impact
In the short-term four walkers will be obtained and given to the children who need them at the Kharpert Home. Additionally, funds will be spent on their arts & crafts program and will help keep it running.
Long Term Impact
This project has considerable long-term benefits for the children. In the long-term the children will not have any issues having to go from place to place with broken or old medical equipment, hence strengthen their ability to be mobile. Also, the children will be positively impacted by the arts & crafts program for several more months to come.
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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Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Karina Simonian

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Mrs. Maral Hovsepian

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In Memory Of Garbis Der Yeghiaian December 21, 2021
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Ms. Anush Clyde

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Ms. Elena Nazarians

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Hosikian, Tavo and Kahveci Families

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September 25, 2020

Our friends at the Kharpert Home are in need of repairs to their heating system before the onset of winter. Please consider supporting our efforts to complete these repairs.