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Adopt A Classroom 8 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 8 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance. Renovations at the Hatsik Village School began with the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2013 group.

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Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2014

End Date

August 2014
Adopt A Classroom 8 – Hatsik

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

The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia.
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Mr. & Mrs. Steve & Gail Chelebian

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Mr. Chris Darakjian

Fresno, CA
SERVICE Armenia January 1, 2016
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Mr. Shant Andrikian

Calabasas, CA January 1, 2016
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Mr. Daron Pogharian

Chester Springs, PA January 1, 2016
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Mr. Ara Yazaryan

Burbank, CA June 5, 2014
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Ms. Dahlia Kizirian, Ms. Vanna Kizirian

Redondo Beach, CA June 1, 2014
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June 18, 2014

A local construction crew has begun work at the Hatsik Village School. They have started with the demolition of five classrooms.

 
June 22, 2014

The local crew has started installing new doors and windows and will continue to work on the electrical components as well as plastering the walls and ceiling.

 
July 2, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group has arrived and will be working on these five classrooms for several of their service work days.

 
July 20, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group helped sand and paint the walls, refurbished student desks and chairs, and installed the laminate flooring. The remaining final touch ups will be completed by the local construction crew.

 
August 21, 2014

Work on the second set of five classrooms is done and the classrooms are ready for students in September.

Adopt A Classroom 6 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 6 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance. Renovations at the Hatsik Village School began with the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2013 group.

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Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2014

End Date

August 2014
Adopt A Classroom 6 – Hatsik

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

The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia.
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Catherine & Lauren Conrow

Ross, CA December 30, 2013

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Video Update

June 18, 2014

A local construction crew has begun work at the Hatsik Village School. They have started with the demolition of five classrooms.

 
June 22, 2014

The local crew has started installing new doors and windows and will continue to work on the electrical components as well as plastering the walls and ceiling.

 
July 2, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group has arrived and will be working on these five classrooms for several of their service work days.

 
July 20, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group helped sand and paint the walls, refurbished student desks and chairs, and installed the laminate flooring. The remaining final touch ups will be completed by the local construction crew.

 
August 21, 2014

Work on the second set of five classrooms is done and the classrooms are ready for students in September.

Adopt A Classroom 10 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 10 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance. Renovations at the Hatsik Village School began with the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2013 group.

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Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2014

End Date

August 2014
Adopt A Classroom 10 – Hatsik
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The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia.
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Ms. Joyce Sahyouni & Mr. Robert Larkin

United Kingdom January 1, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Jirair & Aline Christianian

Boulder, CO December 31, 2014
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian

Bloomfield Hills, MI October 23, 2014
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Ms. Elise Yacoubian

La Crescenta, CA June 30, 2014
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GGF LLC

Glendale, CA June 18, 2014
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Dr. & Mrs. Stephan & Ani Astourian

Concord, CA May 9, 2013

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Video Update

June 18, 2014

A local construction crew has begun work at the Hatsik Village School. They have started with the demolition of five classrooms.

 
June 22, 2014

The local crew has started installing new doors and windows and will continue to work on the electrical components as well as plastering the walls and ceiling.

 
July 2, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group has arrived and will be working on these five classrooms for several of their service work days.

 
July 20, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group helped sand and paint the walls, refurbished student desks and chairs, and installed the laminate flooring. The remaining final touch ups will be completed by the local construction crew.

 
August 21, 2014

Work on the second set of five classrooms is done and the classrooms are ready for students in September.

Adopt A Classroom 7 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 7 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance. Renovations at the Hatsik Village School began with the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2013 group.

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Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2014

End Date

August 2014
Adopt A Classroom 7 – Hatsik

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

The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia.
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Ms. Patricia Sakai

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Mr. Steven Maginnis

Piedmont, CA January 1, 2016
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The Harry & Ovsanna Chitjian Family Foundation

Los Angeles, CA May 14, 2014
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Mrs. Rose Ketchoyan

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Video Update

June 18, 2014

A local construction crew has begun work at the Hatsik Village School. They have started with the demolition of five classrooms.

 
June 22, 2014

The local crew has started installing new doors and windows and will continue to work on the electrical components as well as plastering the walls and ceiling.

 
July 2, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group has arrived and will be working on these five classrooms for several of their service work days.

 
July 20, 2014

The SERVICE Armenia 2014 group helped sand and paint the walls, refurbished student desks and chairs, and installed the laminate flooring. The remaining final touch ups will be completed by the local construction crew.

 
August 21, 2014

Work on the second set of five classrooms is done and the classrooms are ready for students in September.

Adopt A Classroom 1 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 1 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of this classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment. This classroom is one of five classrooms, two bathrooms and the hallway comprising the elementary school classes at Hatsik.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance.

Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2013

End Date

August 2013
Adopt A Classroom 1 – Hatsik

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

The Need
Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia.
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Mr. Sinan Arslanian

United States January 1, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Meher & Nany Tendjoukian

Burlingame, CA January 1, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Nora Nahabet

Glendale, CA January 1, 2016
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Mr. Armen Norhadian

Glendale, CA May 8, 2013
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Glendale, CA April 26, 2013
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Ms. Elise Yacoubian

La Crescenta, CA February 20, 2013
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Video Update

July 15, 2020

A video shows the protests in Baku calling on a resumption of war with Armenia.

July 16, 2020

The kindergarten in the village of Aygepar was hit by Azeri artillery this morning. We had finished the complete renovation of this kindergarten in 2018 and will assess the damage and rebuild again as soon as possible! We build, they destroy!

 
July 21, 2020

Members of The Paros Foundation team joined Tavush Governor Hayk Chobanyan, Berd Consolidated Communities head Harutyun Manucharyan, representatives of the Prime Minister's office, and local village representatives to visit the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar and Chinari communities to assess the damage and to strategize and coordinate the next steps forward.

Adopt A Classroom 11 – Hatsik

Adopt A Classroom 11 - Hatsik

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. How is a student supposed to learn if there are not proper desks, chairs or windows in the classroom?

The Paros Foundation will directly oversee the renovation of a classroom including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, chalk or white board and desks and chairs. Whenever possible, the school, students and their parents will be incorporated into the classroom remodel project to help build a sense of community and personal investment.

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. This village of 2,558 people currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance. Renovations at the Hatsik Village School began with the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2013 group.

Region

Aramir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2015

End Date

August 2015
Adopt A Classroom 11 – Hatsik

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

The Need

Many classrooms throughout Armenia’s schools remain in deplorable conditions. Children should not have to try and learn in these conditions. Because of substandard doors and windows, many classrooms become unusable in the winter months because of the cold. In addition, even schools with proper heating are affected negatively with insufficient warmth in the classrooms that have broken doors and windows. While the Armenian Government and others regularly engage in a campaign to remodel schools, they simply cannot meet the huge need

Short Term Impact

The short-term impact will be the employment of at least two people to renovate the classroom for one month and the benefit to the local economy through the order for needed supplies and classroom furniture.

Long Term Impact

The long-term impact will benefit at least 10 years of students that will be able to take classes using the updated and modern classroom. This will have a huge psychological impact on both the students and teacher. In addition, the school will benefit from energy savings in the winter months.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to sponsor the renovation of this classroom will be recognized on a plaque at the school, on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Hatsik Village School when you are in Armenia

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June 22, 2015

A local construction crew has begun. They have started with the demolition of the final two classrooms, the staircase and the remaining hallways at the Hatsik Village School.

 
June 25, 2015

The local crew has started installing new doors and windows and will continue to work on the electrical as well as plastering the walls and ceiling.

  
July 2, 2015

The SERVICE Armenia 2015 group has arrived and will be working on these two classrooms, stairs and remaining hallways for several of their service work days. Along with this, the group will be helping to renovate the gym (See Hatsik School Gym project)

July 8, 2015

The SERVICE Armenia 2015 group helped sand and paint the walls. The remaining final touch ups will be completed by the local construction crew.

 
August 18, 2015

Work on the final two classrooms, the staircase and the remaining hallways is done and the classrooms are ready for students in September.

50,000 Feet in Need of Shoes

50,000 Feet in Need of Shoes

Description

Share-a-pair, a project to get shoes to Armenia’s disadvantaged children needs your help!

Share-a-pair was launched in Los Angeles by sisters, Kristen and Bridget Abajian. Soon thereafter Sophia Dilsizian joined in by leading the efforts in California’s South Bay community. Additional chapters were quickly launched in Chattanooga, TN and Detroit, MI. A modest goal of raising enough funds to purchase, ship and distribute 1,000 pairs of shoes to Armenia’s needy children was quickly realized in 2011. Having contacted a major U.S. based shoe manufacturer, Share-a-pair successfully secured and distributed 25,000 pairs of new shoes to more 100 villages and 13 cities in Armenia in 2012 and now wants to expand this important effort to 50,000 children.

Thanks to the generous support of a major shoe manufacturer in the United States, 50,000 shoes have been secured and are on their way to Armenia valued at more than $250,000. Donations are welcomed in any amount and will be used to help underwrite the costs associated with distributing shoes to Armenia’s most isolated villages and regions. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions and be sure to visit us on facebook. Thank you!

Region

All

City / Village

All

Start Date

2013

End Date

2014
50,000 Feet in Need of Shoes

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

The Need

Armenia is a developing country that is struggling economically. Life in Armenia’s isolated regional communities is very difficult given the lack of economic opportunities. Families in need find it extremely difficult to provide their children with basic necessities such as shoes for school and warm winter shoes.

Short Term Impact

Share-a-pair will positively impact 50,000 children by providing them with a new pair of shoes. Local economies will receive a boost through the funds that will be spent locally on transportation rental, hotels, etc.

Long Term Impact

Regular distribution to children in Armenia’s remote villages will send an important psychological message to the villagers that people do care about them and are working to try and improve their immediate situation for a brighter tomorrow

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to share-a-pair will be recognized on their webpage and in appropriate printed materials, and your name listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to a shoe distribution location site when you are in Armenia.

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March 29, 2013

50,000 pairs of new TOMs Shoes have arrived at the custom's house in Armenia. Our staff is working on clearing them and getting them into our warehouse!

 
April 16, 2013

To help raise awareness of the plight of children without shoes or with improper shoes, the staff of the US Embassy participated along with Paros Foundation staff in the TOMs "one day without shoes" campaign.

  
May 25, 2013

Distributions have begun for all the children in Artsakh thanks to our partnership with Focus on Children Now who is spearheading Artsakh distributions.

 
June 25, 2013

SERVICE Armenia volunteers arrived and have begun our massive distribution effort throughout communities in Armenia.

 
July 20, 2013

US Embassy's Helping Hands group joins SERVICE Armenia for shoe distributions in several schools in the Armavir Region. See video below!

Kindergarten for Vahagnadzor

Kindergarten for Vahagnadzor

Description

The villages of Vahagnadzor and Vahagni are approximately three miles away from one another in the Lori Region (north of the city of Vanadzor.) Neither village has an operating kindergarten for its children. These villages are located along the north – south railway line. Immediately to the south of Vahagnadzor is a rail switching station. Several people from the village of Vahagni work at the station and pass through Vahagnadzor daily solving any potential transportation issues. It is estimated that approximately 10 of the potential students will come from the village of Vahagni.

A kindergarten building owned by the village of Vahagnadzor exists and is in good condition. $700 in funding is needed to connect the kindergarten to the water and gas networks. The Kindergarten would operate year-round with running water and heat. The village mayor has secured local donations and support to staff and operate the program, but gas for heating and cooking and water for cooking and the restroom is necessary.

Region

Lori

City / Village

Vahagnadzor

Start Date

August 2013

End Date

September 2013
Kindergarten for Vahagnadzor

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

The Need
Preschool and kindergarten education for children ages 3 to 6 has many proven and well-documented benefits. Children in the villages of Vahagnadzor and Vahagni do not currently have these educational opportunities and therefore begin their elementary school education at a disadvantage.
Short Term Impact
Five people will be employed either part or full time to operate the school. In addition, 22 children ages 3 to 6 will receive appropriate kindergarten instruction.
Long Term Impact
In addition to the employment and direct instruction of a minimum of 22 children, the villages of Vahagnadzor and Vahagni will deepen their cooperation through this collaborative project.
Sponsors Benefits
All donors will be recognized in all press materials related to this kindergarten project and on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the kindergarten will be arranged for donors visiting Armenia.
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Dr. & Mrs. Hrayr & Zaroug Kabakian

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Mr. Richard Alonso and Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Manhasset, NY
SERVICE Armenia August 10, 2013

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October 1, 2014

The kindergarten's gas connection is complete and the children are now happily attending.

Debi Arach Happy Birthday Fund

Debi Arach Happy Birthday Fund

Description

Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 150 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children’s Center, which in Armenian means “moving forward,” helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes. Additionally, they are served a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they would otherwise not have. Furthermore, the Center addresses a very important hygienic need by providing the children in attendance with supervised bathing facilities. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. This project is impacting the lives of hundreds of socially vulnerable children by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.

To date, the center has already had several important successes. The children as a whole have gained several pounds since they have started attending, demonstrating their need for nutritious and consistent meals. Additionally, three children have been taken out of boarding schools and brought to our center and now live back at home with their families. Staff trainings have begun with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.

To support the psychological development of the children and underscore their sense of self worth, developing positive childhood memories is important. To this end, each month, all of the children having birthdays will be celebrated following lunch with a cake. Both groups of attendees will celebrate the children monthly.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

January 2016

End Date

December 2018
Debi Arach Happy Birthday Fund

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

The Need
Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with little hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. An important component of normal psychological developments are developing normal childhood memories. Celebrating important occasions such as a birthday with a group of their friends and peers significantly contribute to a child’s proper psychological development.
Short Term Impact
Sponsoring the Birthday Cake Fund will allow the Debi Arach Children’s Center to celebrate all of the children’s birthdays, with a monthly cake for each group. In addition to the benefit to the children, the local economy will gain a modest benefit from the sale of two larger cakes per month.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, children at the center will develop a sense of confidence and well being because of the well rounded and normal set of childhood memories they have developed as part of their attendance. This will contribute to the overall goal of helping these children gain the skills they need to become productive adults.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be listed on both the Paros Foundation and the Debi Arach Children’s Center websites. In addition, donors will be acknowledged at the Children’s Center and in any relevant press regarding this project.
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Mr. & Dr. Harout & Lena Soghomonian

Los Angeles, CA
In Honor Of Alec Soghomonian October 1, 2018
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Mr. Garabeth Abadjian

Los Angeles, CA February 11, 2018
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Ms. Lisa Manookian

Ardmore, PA November 29, 2017
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Mr. Richard Alonso & Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Manhasset, NY
In Honor Of Greg and Karmen Dadourian November 18, 2017
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Ms. Gohar Harutyunyan

NJ, United States November 17, 2017
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Ms. Talar Sarafian

United States November 11, 2017
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December 4, 2018

Birthdays are very important for the children at Debi Arach. We will continue to celebrate monthly and have incorporated all costs into the operating budget of the center.

Debi Arach Vocational Center 2016-2017

Debi Arach Vocational Center 2016/2017

Description

The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015. The center, which provides 120 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children’s Center, which in Armenian means “moving forward,” helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes.

The center hopes to expand Debi Arach with the establishment of a vocational center to provide young adults with a set of skills and tools they will need to secure gainful employment and help break their family’s cycle of poverty. Currently, at Debi Arach children expressing an interest at attending college receive free tutoring to help them gain admission. Those who do not plan to continue their formal education will be enrolled in several vocational training programs offered at no charge. In addition, young adult who do not currently attend the Debi Arach Children’s Center will also be invited to enroll and participate in the programs. Training classes such as computer programing, hardware repair, welding, culinary and cosmetology – – all of which are in demand in the Gyumri job market – – will be offered.

The center will operate Monday- Saturday and classes will be offered on a rotating basis. 50 young adults will be enrolled per year and attend the training class of their choice. Once the training courses are completed, the Debi Arach staff will work with the students on job placement. Sponsorship towards this project will help complete modest renovations, employ qualified staff and run the vocational center for one year. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

September 2016

End Date

August 2017
Debi Arach Vocational Center 2016-2017

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

The Need
Young adults living in extreme poverty in Gyumri, who are not interested or able to continue their higher education, have very bleak prospects for a successful future. To combat this reality, the Debi Arach Children’s Center has decided to launch a vocational program to provide job skills and aid in job placement in order to help these young adults change their lives towards a successful future by gaining real skills and securing real employment.
Short Term Impact
The short-term modest renovations will take place to the current Debi Arach facility to establish the vocation center. Staff will be hired to oversee the center and facilitate training classes for 50 young adults.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, the cycle of poverty will be broken for the newer generations in Gyumri. The new skills these young adults will gain through vocational courses will help secure great jobs and provide opportunities to change their lives. In addition, Gyumri’s economy will also benefit from additional skills being introduced to the job market.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the Debi Arach Vocationsl Center will be recognized on a plaque, on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the vocational center when you are in Armenia.
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The Michael & Rose Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI December 17, 2015

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February 1, 2017

Today the “Armath” engineering lab at our Vocational Center is now open and in session. Students aged 10-16 are taking courses in engineering, programming, 3D printing and robotics through training courses developed by the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE). A very special thank you to the Assarian Family Foundation (MI-USA) who funded the establishment of this excellent center and their continued support.

 
May 10, 2017

Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian visited the Debi Arach Children's Center today. They were able to spend some time with the students of the newly launched program offering web programming courses for Armenia's young veterans.