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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.

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Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

Description

The village of Aygedzor is located within the Berd Consolidated Community of Armenia’s Tavush Region.  The village is home to more than 2,000 residents.  The community operates two kindergartens to serve the children in the village, however one of them is located in a building in terrible condition.  The Berd Consolidated Community has asked The Paros Foundation to renovate and expand this kindergarten for the Aygedzor Village. Once completed, two groups of kindergartens will be able to benefit from this work.  

The municipality of Yerevan is providing approximately $12,200 towards this important project.  

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Aygedzor

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Six months after start
Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

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

The Need

The second kindergarten in the Aygedzor village is both overcrowded and needs to be completely rebuilt to provide safe and sanitary conditions for the children to begin their early education.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the complete building housing Aygedzor’s second kindergarten will be rebuilt. The purchase of local materials and the employment of local labor whenever possible will create a modest benefit for the village economy.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, children in the village will benefit from early education.  The community itself will benefit from additional employment opportunities at the expanded 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 these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Municipality of Yerevan

Armenia January 7, 2022
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Anonymous

West Hills, CA December 22, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Pamela Avedisian

Lexington, MA December 15, 2021
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John Mirak Foundation

Arlington, MA December 13, 2021

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July 20, 2022

After several months of hard work, our crew celebrated the ribbon cutting of the completely remodeled and furnished kindergarten.  Guests included representatives of the Yerevan Municipality, the Governor's office and the Berd Municipality.  Our partners at FOCN joined us for this joyous celebration as well.  

Hatsik School Auditorium

Hatsik School Auditorium

Description

The village of Hatsik is located about ten minutes from the city of Armavir in Armenia’s Armavir region about 60 kilometers from Yerevan. Hatsik is home to 2,560 residents. The village has one school with 260 children in attendance. In 2013, The Paros Foundation and its SERVICE Armenia program began the renovation of one of the two buildings on campus. Over the course of four years, renovations were made to three bathrooms, twelve classrooms, the hallways, gym and locker room. The facade of the building was also repaired. The school’s auditorium needs to be renovated to facilitate school gathers and performances. This renovation will include the replacement of the windows and doors, rebuilding of the stage, new electrical, new paint and new seating. The renovation will also include the cosmetic renovation of the hall immediately in front of the entrance to the auditorium.

Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

February 2018

End Date

May 2018
Hatsik School Auditorium

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

The Need
260 children in the school at Hatsik do not have a proper auditorium to conduct plays, hold gatherings and performances. The school and its students have a vibrant and active schedule and would greatly benefit from this renovated facility.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, the school would immediately benefit from a renovated auditorium. Materials and labor would be purchased locally, which would benefit the local economy.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, both the school and the village would benefit from a new gathering and performance space. In addition to furthering the education of the children at the school, Armenia’s culture will be promoted via a new emphasis on performance and the fine arts.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website, in appropriate press released to this project, and on a plaque installed in the Hatsik School Auditorium.
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Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Zarig Youredjian

Los Angeles, CA
In Honor Of Alice Kessedjians 90th birthday April 17, 2018
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Mr. & Mrs. Haig & Nadine Ariyan

West Nyack, NY December 21, 2017

Updates: Images & Information

February 11, 2018

New windows arrived and are going to being installed. The rough electrical work has been completed.

 
April 10, 2018

Work in the Hatsik School is almost complete! Our construction crew Is working on both the tile flooring and the painting in the hallway and auditorium.

 
May 15, 2018

The Hatsik School Auditorium is now complete with a new stage and chairs, new interiors, tile, paint, new windows and electrical !

Terchoonian Home Restoration Project

Terchoonian Home Restoration

Description

The site of the Terchoonian Home, located in Gyumri Armenia, holds great historical significance. It was an orphanage during the Armenian Genocide managed by the Near East Relief, a social and economic development organization established in 1915. It later became a military headquarters for the Soviet army. In 1988, the building was heavily damaged during the devastating Spitak Earthquake. Due to support by the Terchoonian Family, and the hard work and dedication of the late Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian and Romen Gozmoyan, the building was purchased and renovated. The Terchoonian Home Orphanage opened its doors again in 2003 through the generous donation by the Terchoonian Family honoring the late Vahan Terchoonian. The Terchoonian Family chose Gyumri as it was the city Terchoonian found refuge in after escaping from Turkey, before eventually immigrating to the United States.

Today, the orphanage houses 84 children and operates a school that serves a total of 115 children with 54 individuals on staff. This historic building, specifically its third floor, is in need of emergency repairs prior to another harsh Gyumri winter. Sponsorship of this project will help urgently complete renovations, which include repairs to fix several leaks in the roof, replacement of 32 windows on the third floor (several of which have been boarded up because there is no glass in them or they don’t close), new doors for the third floor corridor (at each staircase), balcony, bedrooms and classrooms, and new carpeting for the rooms with water damage where children stay. Furthermore, the exterior walls on the third floor are made of asbestos panels, which have been poorly installed, are not water tight and have caused the third floor carpeting in the rooms to become damp and foul over time. The asbestos panels will be replaced with a new exterior wall that will be weather/water tight. Additional repairs are also needed, such as repairs to water pipes and partial renovation of two bathrooms (including drain pipes and the addition of a shower stall), but will be addressed after the above urgent needs are met. These renovations to the orphanage are important to not only keep the children and staff safe, warm and protected from illnesses that may arise due to poor conditions, but also to help preserve a building that holds such significance for Armenian history in its walls.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four months from start date
Terchoonian Home Restoration Project

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

The Need
The Terchoonian Home, which has several leaks, and damage to their building, is in need of emergency renovations in order to withstand another winter and keep its children, students and staff, safe and away from illness that may arise. Additionally, preserving this building is of high cultural importance due to its historical significance.
 
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact of this project will include repairs to several leaks in the roof, repairs to 32 windows on the third floor, installation of new doors for the third floor corridor, balcony, repairs to the bedrooms and classrooms, new carpeting for the children’s rooms and replacement of the asbestos panels on the third floor with a new exterior wall that will be weather/water tight. All materials will be purchased in Armenia, thus providing a boost to the local economy. In addition, local labor will be hired to complete the construction work whenever possible, thus providing locals with temporary jobs.
 
Long Term Impact
In the long term, additional repairs will be made such as repairs to water pipes and partial renovation of two bathrooms (including drain pipes and the addition of shower stall). The success of this project will provide a proper, safe and warm facility for current and future children attending or living in the Terchoonian Home. The amount of illnesses and colds will be decreased with the elimination of leaks and water damage. Furthermore, a building that holds great historical significance will continue to be preserved for years to come.
 
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the Terchoonian Home Restoration Project will be recognized on a plaque at the Home, on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will gladly arrange a visit to the orphanage when you are in Armenia.
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Ms. Elda Morgan

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Mr. & Mrs. Vicken & Rosette Arslanian

Tenafly, NJ January 1, 2016
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Terchoonian Children's Home Foundation

Oak Park, MI October 12, 2015
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Genocide Centennial Committee

San Francisco, CA May 3, 2015
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August 1, 2015

Work is completed on the living quarters at the Terchoonian Home. Roof repairs, new flooring, doors and windows, lighting and electrical, paint and new bathrooms including indoor bathing facilities dramatically improving the living conditions for the children.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ani H. – Gohar G. – Anna & Gohar G.

Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ani H. - Gohar G. - Anna & Gohar G.

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 the following young girls from Gyumri, with a scholarship that would reduce their out of pocket costs towards their education:

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

2021
Scholarship for a Sustainable Future: Ani H. – Gohar G. – Anna & Gohar G.

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

Ani H.
Ani was born on October 25, 2004 in Gyumri, Shirak region. Her family consists of four people including her mother and two siblings. Her mother does not work, and her father has passed away due to a car accident.

Ani is attending the local medical college and is making good progress. In her free time she likes to read, listen to music, and play the piano. She has been attending Nor Luyce since 2017. According to her mentor, due to the hardships in her life, Ani was in a difficult mental state and found it hard to express her opinion and was closed-off. Thanks to hard work, Ani is in a better mental place now. She is developing her skills and has become more active. She comes up with various initiatives and ideas on her own. She is well on her way to becoming an established and stable individual who knows her goals and how to achieve them.

Ani is going to become a nurse as soon as she graduates. Ani needs assistance in buying books, winter clothes and boots, and the necessary medical supplies for her practicum/internship.

Scholarship needed: $500

Gohar G.
Gohar Galoyan was born on December 27, 2000 in Gyumri, Shirak region. She has six people in her family including two sisters and a brother who are all married and live separately. Gohar lives with her father and mother.

Gohar G.

Gohar is studying at the Shirak State University in the Department of English Language and Literature. In her free time she likes to paint, sing, and play the piano. Gohar has been attending Nor Luyce since 2014. According to her mentor, she initially had low self-esteem, which she only talked about with her mentor, but on the outside she acted as if she had very high self-esteem. As a result of personal one-on-one meetings, Gohar admitted that she is now showing her true self and, in her words, she has now got rid of her inner complexes and is living more freely and calmly. Gohar is now in Nor Luyce’s senior group of mentees. She has progressed very well during the Skill-Building phase and has been very active and enterprising during her time at Nor Luyce.

Gohar’s family lives in poor social conditions and needs assistance paying her tuition.

Scholarship needed: $770

Gohar & Anna G.
Gohar and Anna are sisters. Gohar was born in 2002 and Anna was born in 2005 in Hovuni Village. Their family consists of nine people including her father, mother, grandmother, three brothers, and a sister.

Gohar joined Nor Luyce Mentoring Center in 2016. She has been actively engaged in Nor Luyce activities up to now. Gohar is very punctual, modest, active and smart. She has also conducted volunteer work and presented a topic for other mentees in the organization.
Gohar’s sister Anna joined Nor Luyce in 2018. She is also very punctual like Gohar. Anna is a little shy compared to her sister, however, she has a good skill of self-advocacy. Both Anna and Gohar are going to become nurses and they have applied to the local Medical College. Since Gohar’s and Anna’s family is socially vulnerable, it is hard for them to cover the tuition fee.

Scholarship needed for both: $1,000

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
Ani H., Gohar G. and sisters Anna and Gohar g., who all currently live in Gyumri’s, will receive the financial support they need, in a form of a scholarship, covering the costs of their college tuition, uniform, books, stationaries, winter clothes and transportation.
Long Term Impact
The long-term goal is that four girls, being given the opportunity to continue pursuing their educational goals at the university level will have a reasonable chance to become self-sufficient member of Armenian society and have a successful lives.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be recognized on both the Nor Luyce and Paros Foundation websites. Donors will be given regular progress reports on the girls’ progress during their university studies.
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ASF Online Marketplace Plat – Shop Shouga

Armenia Support Fund Online Marketplace Platform - Shop Shouga

Description

The Armenia Support Fund (ASF) was established in early 2020 to take on strategic initiatives impacting Armenians in both Armenia and around the globe. In response to COVID-19, ASF partnered with The Paros Foundation to launch the “Armenia COVID-19 Small Business Support Initiative,” which aimed to raise funds to support the business-related needs of family-owned businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 in Armenia. This project raised $50,000 and provided small business grants to over 40 struggling businesses in Armenia. As part of ASF’s efforts to help rebuild Armenia after the devastation caused by the Azeri conflict, ASF has once again partnered with Paros to build the first ever exclusively Armenian online marketplace platform. This e-commerce website will be called, Shop Shouga (Armenian for marketplace) and will help businesses in Armenia sell overseas to diaspora communities and non-Armenians. We have handpicked and curated the collection to ensure the quality and value of the products. Our team will help purchase the products that ASF has sourced from Armenia as well as ship them to Los Angeles where they will be placed in a fulfillment center for delivery.

Region

Throughout Armenia & Artsakh

City / Village

Throughout Armenia & Artsakh

Start Date

December 2020

End Date

December 2021
ASF Online Marketplace Plat – Shop Shouga

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

The Need
COVID-19 and the war have had a devastating effect on Armenia’s economy and families that own small businesses. The pandemic ruined Armenia’s flourishing tourism industry and the war has displaced many small-business owners. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we encourage people to buy Armenian products. The Armenia Support Fund is committed to helping enable Armenia based small businesses to sell online internationally.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, this project will help Armenia based small businesses get back on their feet and keep their businesses running. The affects of this project will be felt immediately as it helps promote economic stimulus in Armenia.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, helping these family-owned small businesses will not only help Armenia’s economy recover, but will help ensure these families remain committed to their businesses and not consider abandoning them for economic reasons.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation and The Armenia Support Fund websites and in relevant press.
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Mr. Holger Panzlaff

Germany January 31, 2021
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Bodega Los Alamos

United States January 23, 2021
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Mr. Hagop Kalaidjian

Encino, CA January 21, 2021
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Mr. Wesley Richardson

United States January 6, 2021
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Henry's House of Coffee

San Francisco, CA November 17, 2020

HALO in Artsakh

HALO in Artsakh

Description

On the 27 September, the worst fighting in decades erupted over Nagorno Karabakh. The recent fighting began as helicopter, drone and tank clashes on the line of contact and has escalated with rocket and artillery attacks.

Families have been forced to abandon their homes and flee to bomb shelters.

Since 2001, HALO has been the only international organization working to protect the people of  Artsakh from explosives. They are currently on the ground, providing families that have been forced to flee to shelters with aid and supplies.

Their teams have also taken to the streets to mark and isolate cluster bombs and other explosives so they can be cleared. And as families remain threatened by scattered unexploded items, they are going to shelters and homes, alerting people with how to avoid these hazards.

The threat posed to civilians remains dire and HALO needs support now more than ever. Every donation towards the program in Artsakh will be matched by an anonymous donor.

Region

Artsakh

City / Village

Artsakh

Start Date

Immediately
HALO in Artsakh

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

The Need

The threat posed to civilians remains dire and we need your support now more than ever to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to people in bunkers in urban areas in Artsakh, along with alerting people to the hazards of unexploded cluster bombs and other explosives littering their communities.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, HALO staff in Armenia and Artsakh will coordinate immediate humanitarian relief for people in bunkers including food, medicine and other needed supplies. In addition they will work to provide important education on how to avoid unexploded ordinances.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, HALO will continue to map and ultimately clear unexploded ordinances through urban areas of Artsakh with the goal of saving people’s lives. HALO will do this work through its team of trained clearance specialists.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors to this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website.

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Anonymous

Rockville, MD March 1, 2021
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Mr. Edgar Melikian

United States February 7, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Toros & Salpy Yeterian

Watertown, MA November 24, 2020
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Anonymous

Stewartsville, NJ November 24, 2020
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Anonymous

United Kingdom November 24, 2020
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November 1, 2020

As people took refuge in Stepanakert during the war, Halo continued to provide humanitarian assistance to those who were sheltering in place.  Following the ceasefire, Halo began the monumental task of clearing unexploded munitions in Artsakh.

 

GOALS for #everygirl EBRD Community Initiative

GOALS for #everygirl EBRD Community Initiative

Description

We are back-to-school and Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS) is getting ready to relaunch its girls soccer leagues. Because of the recent pandemic children have been mostly isolated at home and most after-school activities had been either canceled or moved online. Children have been isolated from each other and haven’t been able to partake in physical activities. We are very eager to bring sports back to regional Armenia and give the opportunity to our girls to get back on the field. As you know health and hygiene education are more relevant than ever. GOALS has developed a new curriculum to ensure that our 80 teams across 8 regions of Armenia are practicing not only a healthy physical lifestyle, and keeping to hygiene norms, but also have a safe space to work on mental health. The topic of health and hygiene is underrated in Armenia, especially among rural communities. We know that by incorporating learning about health and hygiene into our sports activities we will be able to fundamentally improve the lives of over 1000 girls. Our anticipated indirect impact is estimated at over 5000 community members across Armenia. This is your chance to contribute to the overall wellbeing of our girls and Armenia. Your contributions will go towards ensuring our communities have the tools necessary to organize safe and healthy sports activities, this includes, uniforms, sports equipment, medical kits, masks, thermometers, etc. Every dollar you contribute to this project will be matched by our amazing partner. Subject to its rules, funding raised through this campaign will be matched by the EBRD Community Initiative to a maximum of EUR 50,000. The EBRD Community Initiative is a program dedicated to support staff who are engaged with local organizations helping communities in the EBRD countries of operations.

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

80 Communities

Start Date

September 2020

End Date

April 2021
GOALS for #everygirl EBRD Community Initiative

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

UPDATE:

Dear Supporters and friends of GOALS,

The pain and sorrow that we face as a nation and as a people are inexplicable. For the past 44 days, we have endured unimaginable crimes against our nation. We are mourning the loss of thousands of heroes who fell during brave battles and the loss of our historical lands. We are left with an empty feeling of despair but in these difficult times, we must remember that this is not the end. We will continue to fight for what is right and for our nation. We will continue to stand strong and united.

The past month’s events disturbed our way of life and changed priorities. Now we have a country to rebuild and families to support. Over 30,000 children have been displaced by war, and they need our love and support in these difficult times. We have an obligation to protect their childhood, their right to family life, education, and leisure.

War and military conflict negatively impact on the mental wellbeing of both adults and children. We have evidenced this during the past month while working with children from Artsakh and Armenia. From day one of the war GOALS started organizing activities and games for children that had been displaced because of the war, trying to give them a sense of normalcy. GOALS is committed to the inclusion and expansion of all activities for children displaced by the war. We will continue to increase our efforts and services and evolve to accommodate current needs.

As Armenians and allies around the world, I call on you, supporters of GOALS and beyond, to help us make a change in the lives of these children. Now they need us more than ever. Without your donations, we will be unable to continue carrying out these activities, let alone scaling up our efforts. We will not be able to provide organized leisure activities, outdoor exercise, and a safe haven from all the pain and uncertainty for our children.

Remember that all donations will be matched by the EBRD Community Initiative to a maximum of EUR 50,000. The EBRD Community Initiative is a program dedicated to support staff who are engaged with local organizations helping communities in the EBRD countries of operations.

United, we are stronger.

The Need
Throughout Armenia, there are limited opportunities for girls to play soccer. Despite having a strong desire to do so, girls cannot find the resources necessary or sporting groups that make experiencing the game a possibility. In addition, organized sport participation has several benefits to youth development such as leadership skills, teamwork skills, confidence building and improved overall physical health. The GOALS organization helps give young women the chance to play soccer through their GOALS Leagues, Media, Coach and Referee trainings, Camps and After-school Clubs while helping Armenian communities change the broader mindset limiting girls and women in many aspects of their lives and see that girls can and should be future leaders of their country!
Short Term Impact
GOALS will fill the gap of the lack of afterschool activities in the regions of Armenia and non-formal education and development opportunities. Along with providing immediate health and hygiene education through sports, we will also facilitate conversations around mental health and wellbeing in a post-COVID world.
Long Term Impact
In the long-term, public opinion regarding girls’ participation in soccer is changing, paving for the way for greater sports and leadership opportunities. We see a movement toward more inclusive soccer leagues that start at a young age and continue, also contributing to a competitive National Team for Armenia.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, on the GOALs website and in all relevant press of this important project.
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Sosi, Vartan & Raffi

Watertown, MA
In Memory Of Katie-Jay & Gabriel Stauring November 26, 2021
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Hai Benefit Circle

Encino, CA November 19, 2021
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada November 17, 2021
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Dr. Julia Kahrl

Arrowsic, ME September 30, 2021
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Armen Abnous & Crystal Miller

Oakland, CA September 22, 2021
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Ms. Anna Hakobyan

NY, United States August 31, 2021
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Mr. Alecko Eskandarian

United States August 17, 2021
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Ms. Nyree Der-Megerdichian

CA, United States July 9, 2021
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A New Normal At Debi Arach

A New Normal At Debi Arach

Description

The Paros Foundation opened the Debi Arach Children’s Center in April of 2015. Since then, it has grown to serving more than 200 children and young people on a weekly basis. It’s holistic approach to working intensively with children has positively altered the lives of these children. Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, a number of new safety measures and precautions must be implemented to ensure the safety of the children. These include provide all students and staff with disposable masks, changing the manner in which meals are served to utilizing disposable lunch boxes and cups, creating outdoor classrooms, implementing systematic temperature checks and creating hand sanitizing stations in each classroom. These unexpected expenses were not budgeted into the center’s annual budget, but are essential to keep the children and staff safe.

1. Masks. The center needs approximately 9,000 masks to last through the end of the year. This takes into account half the number of kids until school starts and full occupancy from the start of school until the end of the year. The mask cost for this period will be 9,000 x $.26 or total of $2,340. The center has already purchased 5,000 masks, and needs an additional 4,000 which will cost $1,040. (Total cost $1,040)

2. Food containers. Food for the children will now be served individually rather than family style. This will enable the children to take their meal and go sit someplace socially distanced. We will have space both inside and out for the children to eat. It is worth noting that many of the children really do count on this meal as their primary meal of the day. The need is for 9,000 to go containers. The cost is about 10 cents each so the quantity we need to cover meals through the end of the year is $900.

3. Hand washing. Disposable paper towels will be utilized throughout the center, and the center is also are required to install hand sanitizer stations outside of each classroom. These additions will cost $500 from August to the end of the year.

4. Temperature checks. Two infrared thermometers for temperature checks will be purchased and utilized. They cost about just under $50 each. Total cost is $100.

5. Four pop up tents will enable the center to conduct classes outside until the weather becomes too cold. The cost is $75 each. Total cost is $300.

Total cost for these unexpected items is $2,840.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

August 2020

End Date

December 2022
A New Normal At Debi Arach

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

The Need

Reopening the Debi Arach Children’s Center requires new safety precautions. These include provide all students and staff with disposable masks, changing the manner in which meals are served to utilizing disposable lunch boxes and cups, creating outdoor classrooms, implementing systematic temperature checks and creating hand sanitizing stations in each classroom.

Short Term Impact

Upholding the center and its operation to a new safety standard will help keep the children and staff safe during this uncertain time of Covid 19. Children will learn how to best protect themselves and their families and this will also contribute to helping combat the virus.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, these safety changes are important for the overall health of the children and their families at Debi Arach. The goal is to set a high standard with the hope that children will follow similar precautions at home to combat the virus.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, and on the donor wall at the Debi Arach Children’s Center, and in relevant press. Visits to the Debi Arach Children’s Center can be arranged for visitors during their family vacations to Armenia.

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

Achajur KG Expansion

Achajur Kindergarten Expansion

Description

Achajur is a large village with more than 4,500 residents located in Armenia’s Tavush Region. Achajur located very close to the Kayan border crossing with Azerbaijan. The village’s kindergarten currently functions with 100 children attending on the first floor of a two story building. Because of the large population in the village, an additional 100 children are on the waiting list to attend kindergarten, but cannot due to the poor condition of the upstairs of the existing kindergarten. Once renovated, the municipality is prepared to expand the staff and accept at least two additional groups of children into the kindergarten. The renovation of the kindergarten will include the installation of new windows, subflooring, flooring, electrical, plumbing, new bathrooms, heating system and new furniture.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Achajur

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

October 2020
Achajur KG Expansion

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

The Need
Currently, more than 100 children are unable to receive the benefits of early education because of a lack of proper space to expand the existing kindergarten in the large village of Achajur.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, the second floor of the kindergarten will be completely renovation employing local labor and materials. Almost 100 children will begin receiving the benefits of early education and a minimum of five additional staff people will be hired at the kindergarten.
Long Term Impact
In the longer term, residents in the village of Achajur will benefit from the expansion of the current kindergarten through having this important asset available for their children.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, in relevant press related to this project and on a plaque installed in the renovated space of the kindergarten. Visits to Achajur can be arranged for all sponsors during their family trips to Armenia.
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Mr. & Mrs. Ara & Valerie Cherchian

Hartland, WI February 4, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Ara & Valerie Cherchian

Hartland, WI November 11, 2019
December 26, 2019

As part of the local contribution, the community representative of Achajur had his work crew begin demolition today. The will prepare the space for our work crew to begin reconstruction immediately after the new year.

 
January 11, 2020

Materials were delivered to the kindergarten today. In addition, the new windows were delivered and the crew began installation.

 
March 19, 2020

The new subfloors have been installed and the crew is now working on blocking the new interior walls.

 
April 3, 2020

Our crew in Achajur is essentially sheltering in place living and working at the kindergarten during Covid-19. They are safe and work is continuing on the newly configured walls.

 
October 3, 2020

Work on the kindergarten is complete. However with the Covid-19 numbers being so high, the kindergarten is not operating.

 
January 27, 2021

Today our team visited the kindergarten at Achajur and reopened the kindergarten after the long break. They are operating at half capacity to be safe for now, but the children LOVE their newly renovated and expanded space!

100,000 Challenge Grant for Artsakh

$100,000 Challenge Grant for Artsakh

Description

Help us meet our match! We have received challenge grants from two anonymous donors, who are matching donations up to $50,000 combined, which will allow us to donate $100,000 to ArmeniaFund in support of Artsakh with your help!

The Azeri attack on civilian targets throughout Artsakh and parts of Armenia have created a humanitarian crisis. Turkey’s involvement, and that of confirmed jihadist fighters threatens the Armenian nation’s existence. The time is now to support Armenia and Artsakh’s humanitarian needs by joining the worldwide effort to support Armenia Fund. Donate now and donate generously to help our brothers and sisters in this time of need.

All donations made through this link will be matched up to $50,000 regardless of the amount.

or mail checks to the following address with a note saying “challenge grant”:

The Paros Foundation
2217 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Funds from this challenge grant will be donated to support Armenia Fund in their entirety. For more information about this effort, please contact (310) 400-9061 or email: info@parosfoundation.org.

Region

Artsakh

City / Village

Artsakh

Start Date

Immediately
100,000 Challenge Grant for Artsakh

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

The Need

The Azeri attack on civilian targets throughout Artsakh and parts of Armenia have created a refugee and humanitarian crisis. Immediate support is needed to help support our people

Updates: Images & Information

October 14, 2020

With your help, we raised $50,000 that was matched by our gracious anonymous donors to total $100,000 for ArmeniaFund. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.