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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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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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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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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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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
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

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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United States November 24, 2020
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Ms. Raha Zahedi

United States November 19, 2020
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Ms. Andrea Marootian

San Diego, CA November 14, 2020
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NJ, United States November 13, 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.

 

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

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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.

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur Kindergarten Expansion

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur Kindergarten Expansion

Description

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur (NKA) is a village with about 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community lives on the border with Azerbaijan under the risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. The Paros Foundation completely renovated this building in 2014 as part of our Paros 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity campaign. At the time, the kindergarten had fewer than 20 children in attendance. Thanks to a doubling of the birthrate of children in the village starting in 2013, the number of children in the village continues to increase with each passing year, and now the kindergarten is too small to accommodate the 45 children currently in attendance. To rectify this good problem, the first floor kitchen will be expanded into the former mayor’s office space, creating a new kitchen, store room and dining hall. The old dining hall will be configured into two larger bathrooms and a laundry room. Finally, an additional bathroom will be added upstairs in the former storage room along with a nurses station and an additional office. Finally, the heating system will be improved to include the expanded kindergarten space. It is anticipated that this work will be completed in four months.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

December 2019

End Date

April 2020
Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur Kindergarten Expansion

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

The Need
A considerable amount of work completed by The Paros Foundation, improving conditions in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, has led to something of a boom in the birthrate of the village. The kindergarten is in need of an expansion to accommodate the additional children. Work to enlarge the dining hall, add three new bathrooms, a new laundry space, storage room, kitchen and administration offices will dramatically improve the space for the children.
Short Term Impact
The expansion of the kindergarten will immediately better facilitate the educational needs of the residents in this village. Materials will be purchased locally when possible, thus providing a boost to the local economy. Several local workers will be hired during the renovation process and thus provide these residents short-term employment.
Long Term Impact
In order for a community to thrive, its residents must have access to an adequate, clean and safe kindergarten. This kindergarten expansion will impact the lives of all of the residents of the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghpyur and their children.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be recognized with a plaque installed in the newly renovated kindergarten. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation Website. Visits to the village and kindergarten will be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY September 15, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Patricia Starzer

Highlands Ranch, CO August 20, 2019

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November 2, 2019

Work was begun outside today at the kindergarten. The crew is installing a drain pipe along the foundation to prevent water seepage into the building, then they will pour a concrete ribbon along the front of the building.

 
November 19, 2020

Work began in the kitchen and dining area today!

 
February 13, 2020

The kitchen and dining room are open for business!

 
March 30, 2020

The work at the kindergarten is complete! Students will return and the kindergarten will begin operating again as soon as the stay at home order is lifted throughout Armenia.

School # 154 Auditorium

School #154 Auditorium

Description

School #154 serves more than 750 children in Yerevan. The school’s auditorium is in poor condition with insufficient heating, leaky windows and worn flooring. The stage also needs reinforcement and to be resurfaced. Finally, new stacking chairs will greatly benefit the auditorium and facilitate its multi-purpose use.

Previously, through the continued sponsorship of Developmental Services for Armenia (DSA), six bathrooms at the school were renovated.

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Yerevan

Start Date

May 2019

End Date

September 2020
School # 154 Auditorium

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

The Need
The auditorium at School #154 is in a state of disrepair and needs to be renovated to provide the children a clean, safe and appropriate space to deepen their education.
Short Term Impact
In short term, the auditorium will be renovated utilizing a local crew and materials. This will provide some economic benefits. Once renovated, the auditorium will provide the 750 + students at School #154 a clean, comfortable and safe environment in which to practice and perform.
Long Term Impact
In the longer term, thousands of children will benefit from using the school’s auditorium.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and on a plaque in the auditorium at School #154.
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Mrs. Flora Dunaians

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Developmental Service for Armenia

Arcadia, CA August 1, 2020
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Mrs. Flora Dunaians

Pasadena, CA July 23, 2019
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Developmental Service for Armenia

Arcadia, CA April 10, 2019

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June 20, 2019

The auditorium is taking shape as our crew completed installation of the new flooring.

 
September 3, 2019

New chairs for the auditorium complete the space and the project.

 
October 26, 2019

The Dunaians Family and friends visit School #154 for the rededication of the school in the name of George Dunaians.

 
October 30, 2019

The Dunaians Family has also agreed to sponsor the renovation of the flooring in the locker rooms at the school.

 
August 18, 2020

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, DSA is supporting upgrades to the school including hand washing & sanitizing stations, masks, covered trash bins and other health and safety supplies.

 
February 15, 2021

Renovation work has started back up again at School #154. The Dunaians Family has funded the renovation of the roof above the school's excercise room.

Purchase a Home 23

Purchase a Home 23 - Nalbandyan Family

Description

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, tens of 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, or in condemned buildings. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat. The Armenian government has provided most of the families that lost their homes in the Earthquake with new housing units. As people moved out of those makeshift housing units, others moved in. The 2,500 or so families that remain are Gyumri’s desolate families, who are not in line to receive a government provided apartment. Many of these families are comprised of single mothers, multiple children and/or the disabled. Staff from The Paros Foundation have visited and identified the Nalbandyan family as a good candidate to benefit from our Purchase a Home project. The family consists of Vachik and Kristine Nalbandyan, Kristine’s mother and their two daughters. Vachik works a few days a week in Gyumri doing construction to help provide for his family. Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

April 2020
Purchase a Home 23

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

The Need
2,500 families live in the city of Gyumri in temporary, make shift housing. These units are neither safe nor sanitary. These families and their children need a normal apartment in which to live.
Short Term Impact
Immediately a family will be identified and an appropriate apartment purchased for them. The make shift housing unit which they currently occupy will be destroyed.
Long Term Impact
In addition to this family and their improved mental state changing through the fact that they will be living in a normal housing situation, the city of Gyumri itself will improve with the removal of these make shift housing units.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website.
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Nejde & Lilit

Sherman Oaks, CA May 16, 2020
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Nejde & Lilit

Sherman Oaks, CA December 31, 2019

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January 17, 2020

Tonight The Paros Foundation's team visited the Nalbandyan family and informed them that they have been selected to receive a new apartment. We also learned today that Kristine and Vachik are expecting their third child soon!

 
February 24, 2020

The Nalbandyan Family moved into their new home today with the help of the Shirak Center NGO staff and The Paros team. We wish them the best on their fresh start.

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Arm Cov 19 Small Bus Support

Armenia Covid-19 Small Business Support Initiative

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 has partnered with the Paros Foundation to launch the “Armenia COVID-19 Small Business Support Initiative” which aims to raise funds to support the business-related needs of family-owned businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 in Armenia. After reporting record breaking GDP growth numbers in 2019, Armenia’s GDP is projected to be ~25% of what it would have been in 2020 before COVID-19.

This first phase will work to identify and support 20 family businesses with the goal of supporting up to 2,000 businesses as funds become available.  Small businesses that are properly register, family-owned, employ less than 20 people and had 2019 annual sales of under 200K USD (96.5M AMD) will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500 to help them meet specific needs of their COVID-19 effected businesses. Paros Staff will work with potential applicants to gather required information for their application and submit to the ASF and Paros team for approvals. Once approved, The Paros team will oversee and administer the grants, ensuring full transparency and success in helping these businesses thrive through this crisis.

If you are a business in Armenia and wish to apply or learn more, click here: Application

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

All

Start Date

June 2020

End Date

February 2021
Arm Cov 19 Small Bus Support

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

The Need
COVID-19 has had devastating effects on Armenia’s economy and families that own small businesses. In addition, the pandemic has ruined Armenia’s flourishing tourism industry, which impacts everything from small artisans to hotels and restaurants. ASF’s goal is to help some of these families get their businesses through crisis and continue building Armenia’s economy.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, beneficiaries of this project will receive grants up to $2,500 to help them and their families survive the current COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, this one time infusion of support, the application process and follow up will help them improve their business model for the future. The economic benefits of these grants will also be felt immediately in the Armenian economy.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, helping these family businesses through the pandemic will not only help Armenia’s economic recovery happen more quickly, but will help ensure these families remain committed to their businesses and not consider abandoning them and possibly leaving the country for economic reasons.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors of this project will be listed on the Armenia Support Fund website, The Paros Foundation website and in all appropriate press related to this important project. Meetings with businesses can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia in the future.
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Mr. James Fern

Georgia November 7, 2021
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Mr. Vartkez Sarkisdzhanyan

United States June 10, 2021
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Ms. Jenik Badalian

CA, United States April 9, 2021
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Crown Properties

Burbank, CA January 1, 2021
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August 1, 2020

We are excited to announce that representatives from both Paros and the Armenia Support Fund visited and awarded the first two businesses in Armenia their small business grants! Garik and his family run a bed and breakfast, The Edge of The World, in Norashen in Armenia's Tavush Region. The second grant went to The Terracotta Studios, in Yerevan, which provides art instruction for young people.

 
August 12, 2020

Meet the next two Armenia Support Fund grant recipients - both based in tourism. This industry has greatly suffered with the absence of tourism in Armenia during the summer months and now throughout the year. Anush Exazarian and her family run a travel agency, Vaneni Travel Studio in Yerevan, which was dramatically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ani Hovhanisian and her family built the Noosh Guesthouse in Ashnak Village in the Aragatsotn region of Armenia. They had plans to expand when Covid-19 struck.

 
August 21, 2020

With the help of our community and in partnership with Armenia Support Fund, the next two recipients have received their grants in Armenia. Kabayan Tours is owned and operated by Moushegh Kabayan. He intends on using his support to help develop the domestic tourism market by designing tours catering to niche markets. Star Tours is owned and operated by Marianna Malishanko and focuses on promoting Armenia as a tourist destination for the Asian market.

 
September 4, 2020

The next three grant recipients are Tatevik, Rose & Karlen. Tatevik & Rose are both tour guides, an industry that has greatly suffered due to the complete stop of summer tourism to Armenia. Karlen owns a car rental company, which has also suffered due to the lack of travel.

 
September 10, 2020

The next group of Armenia Support Fund grant recipients received aid and are able to stay afloat. These business include: Abu Hagops, a Syrian Armenia owned restaurant in Yerevan, VJ Accessories, which produces leather goods, Pes-Pes, a company that produces child friendly educational maps of Armenia, Burger Coffee House, which caters to university students and tourists in the Yerevan City Center and Maronyan Fashion, a local fashion designer.

December 1, 2020

By December 1st, 2020, 21 more small businesses received grants from the Armenia Support Fund some of which include: Naro Dolls, VGuard Leather, Chocolate Story, Aleppo Optic, Abak Mental Math Academy and Emilia Art House.

February 16, 2021

The final 15 small businesses received they grants from the Armenia Support Fund by February 2021, some of which include: Tork Taekwondo Club, Sunny Guest House and Mailyan Souvenir Production. They were are very grateful and are excited for the opportunity to be able to continue their business.