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Side-by-Side

Side-by-Side

Description

Side-by-Side aims to simultaneously address two very important needs in the human and civil development of the Republic of Armenia. At-risk youth do not receive the supervision, guidance and positive interaction needed to develop into productive, well-adjusted adults. In addition, throughout all social, economic levels of civic life in Armenia, a culture of volunteerism is not developed, encouraged and understood for its aggregate benefit for society. This holds true for both young people and adults.

Side-by-Side is a mentorship program adopted from Big Brothers Big Sisters model that aims to enhance youth’s psychological, social, and academic growth, while at the same time, keeping them away from risky activities. Side-by-Side will match carefully selected young, local professionals with at-risk youth for one year. Mentors and mentees will spend one-on-one time twice a month and participate in monthly group activites which will promote volunteerism through community service.

The goal of Side-by-Side is to advocote volunteerism in mentors and mentees through their one-on-one relationship and community service activities.

The one-on-one relationship with their mentor will help youth mature to be more self-sufficient, self-confident, and successful. Similar mentorship programs have a proven record of minimizing tendencies toward drug and alcohol use and aggression in young people. Additional benefits are seen in school attendance, academic performance, and overall attitude toward school. Peer and family relationships also benefit from mentoring (Tierney and Grossman, 2000).

For a mentor, the individual relationship will increase the mentor’s self-worth and confidence.

Monthly group community service activities will serve a vital role in helping children learn and understand community service and volunteerism, encouraging them to become life-long volunteers and contributing members of society. Both mentors and mentees will utilize their sense of volunteerism long after they leave the program and will most certainly pass on this culture. This project will instill within the youth and the mentors positive associations with community service and volunteerism.

Side-by-Side aims to serve a large group of at-risk youth and mentors. The pilot phase of the project will last six months. During this period, ten at-risk youth will be partnered with trained mentors. Half of the mentees will be children affiliated with a center (such as the Ghoghanj Children’s Center) and the other half will not be affiliated with any center and will be recruited from various communities of Yerevan. Mentors and mentees will meet no less than ten times one-on-one. Five group community service activities will take place in public locations that will both illustrate the value of volunteerism for the target group and the community at large. Public media activities and mid term and final program evaluations will also occur.

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Yerevan

Start Date

September, 2012

End Date

April, 2013
Side-by-Side
$0 of $9,275 raised
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The Need
At-risk youth in Armenia lack positive role models in their lives. At-risk youth in Armenia are financially, academically, psychologically, and socially disadvantaged. They are often from broken homes and grow up without long-term, positive, supportive role models in their lives. Centers working with at-risk youth concentrate their limited resources on keeping children off the streets, in school and out of trouble; However these centers cannot provide the consistent one-on-one interaction children need to feel secure, gain confidence, and receive guidance. The deficiency of volunteerism in Armenia. Armenian culture today does not encourage or promote volunteerism. Children grow up to become adults who do not recognize the value and importance of community service and volunteerism. Volunteerism often has negative associations and is viewed as free labor. The current culture encourages citizens to lack responsibility and feel helplessness about the human, social and environmental issues/needs concerning their communities and Armenia. This is clearly a lingering effect of the Soviet system.
Short Term Impact
Ten children will receive immediate mentoring and begin to develop relationships with mentors. Six community service events will be organized involving volunteers and will promote the benefits of volunteerism. Mentors will receive training on serving as role models and interacting as mentors.
Long Term Impact
The long-term impact of Side-by-Side will be seen through the successful development of mentor/mentee relationships with at-risk children in Yerevan. The increase in community service activities and volunteerism in the local community will have a lasting positive effect on society.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be listed on the websites of both The Paros Foundation and the Ghoghanj Children’s Center. In addition, all supporters will be listed in all relevant press related to this project including social media.
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March 1, 2013

Side-By-Side successfully completed its mentoring for 13 students.

NKA School Remodel Phase 3

NKA School Remodel – Phase 3

Description

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a border village with a population of 1,380 residents in the Bert area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community, whose territory connects with Azerbaijan, lives and works under a constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict every day. Along with the economy these difficult and dangerous times have also had a negative impact on educational advancement and school attendance. The primary school in the village was in need of major remodel in order to provide elementary and high school aged children the opportunity to learn in a clean, new and safe environment. This school, which has 180 children in attendance, is housed in three buildings of which currently two are in use.
The gym has been renovated through local sponsorship from the village. In 2015, the elementary school wing was completely remodeled with the generous contribution by Michael and Patricia Starzer (CO-USA) through our NKA School Remodel – Phase 1 project. The elementary school wing, including five classrooms on the first floor, the hallways and the boys and girls bathrooms, was remodeled as well as updates to the heating system, new lighting, new paint and new flooring. Phase 2 of the project, including renovations to six classrooms on the second floor, the adjacent hallway, the staircase and two bathrooms (middle and high school wing), was generously funded by Jean-Marie and Lori Atamian (NY-USA) and was completed in advance of the 2016-17 academic year. The wing that houses the cafeteria and kitchen, and the entryway of the school are all still in poor condition and in need of renovations.

Sponsorship of this project will facilitate the remodel of the third phase of this project including a full kitchen remodel including the cafeteria, furniture and appliances, and gas connection to the kitchen. In addition, the entrance of the school, the boys and girls locker rooms and the security office will be renovated. The scope of work will include new flooring, electrical fixtures and paint throughout, new kitchen furniture and equipment as necessary and new plumbing for the kitchen and cafeteria.

The Paros Foundation, with the help of generous donors Jean-Marie and Lori Atamian of New York, has already successfully renovated the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur medical center and kindergarten, and provided five families with their own agribusiness for their economic development. These projects have had a huge impact on this community. It is of strategic importance to support these villages in their daily lives so that they may remain inhabitants of this village, mere footsteps from Azerbaijan.

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Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Two months after start date
NKA School Remodel Phase 3

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

The Need
Students attending the primary school in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur are in need of new, clean, and warm kitchen and classrooms so they can attend and concentrate on their studies. A normal functioning school that is safe and functional is important for this community.
Short Term Impact
In the short term the kitchen, cafeteria, and the school’s entryway will be remodeled including new flooring, electrical fixtures and paint throughout, new kitchen furniture and equipment as necessary and new plumbing for the kitchen and cafeteria. Supplies will be purchased locally and locally labor will be used whenever possible.
Long Term Impact
For years to come, children in this village will be able to attend school in a safe and functional environment and progress towards successful futures. With a remodeled school, families in the village will be less likely consider moving away.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor this project will be recognized with a plaque at the school and in their printed materials. Sponsors will also be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the school can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

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New York, NY August 29, 2016
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Friends of Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

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July 28, 2016

Renovation work on on the entrance, cafeteria and the kitchen of the NKA Primary School has begun.

 
September 15, 2016

The kitchen and dining hall are complete and ready for use by the staff and children.

 
October 1, 2016

Work has begun in the entry and hallway following the completion of the kitchen and cafeteria.

 
December 3, 2016

The work on the inside of the school is complete and our crew has now moved to the school's bunker to renovate this space. Although this was not part of the original project, the mayor has asked us to improve the school's safety bunker. We are grateful to the Atamian family who have agreed to fund this effort. The bunker is used by the children in the event of renewed shelling by Azerbaijan.

Adopt a Restroom, Khndzoresk School

Adopt a Restroom, Khndzoresk School, Phase 1

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.

Khndzoresk is a village in the South-East of Armenia to the south of the Goris – Stepanakert highway near Artsakh. Currently, the village school, which has 306 children in attendance and 20 staff members, does not have running water or functional restrooms. Students and staff share an outhouse-style squat bathroom with no working sinks.

The Paros Foundation will oversee the renovation of the school bathrooms including addressing such elements as windows, doors, flooring, lighting, paint, sinks, faucet and toilet. Phase 1 includes the renovation of three restrooms. Phase 2 will address the remaining four bathrooms. Furthermore, this project will include the installation of new water and sewer lines to the school building. Our partner on this project, the Armenian Network of America, Los Angeles Region, has already raised funding towards the new water and sewer line. The Armenian Network of America, Los Angeles Region will also help oversee the renovation process.

Region

Syunik

City / Village

Khndzoresk

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One month from start date
Adopt a Restroom, Khndzoresk School

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

The Need
Students need dignified and clean restrooms to use while attending school. Currently, many students have no option other than to use unsanitary restroom facilities, or, even worse, avoid using the restroom at all until they reach a more appropriate venue, which can lead to health issues in later life.
Short Term Impact
306 children and 20 staff members will have running water and functional restrooms. The reconstruction of a new bathroom will employ a contractor and support the local economy through the purchase of necessary building materials and fixtures.
Long Term Impact
Hundreds of children will benefit from modern, dignified bathrooms to use while attending school for years to come. In addition, epidemics and health issues will be avoided through improved sanitation.
Sponsors Benefits
Donors will be recognized with a plaque installed in the entry way of the school, on the Paros Foundation Website and the Armenian Network of America Website.
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Ms. Stella Adanalian

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Anna Astzatsaturian Turcotte & John Turcotte

Westbrook, ME August 21, 2016
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Mr. Craig Dorais

Portland, ME August 15, 2016
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Armenian Network of America, Inc. Los Angeles Region

Glendale, CA May 19, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. David & Margaret Mgrublian

Pasadena, CA January 21, 2016

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August 17, 2016

The renovation of three bathrooms that are part of this phase 1 renovation are complete. The children and staff at the school are very pleased with the outcome!

Debi Arach Children’s Center 2016 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2016 Operating Budget

Description

The 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 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. 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.

Currently the center is working on funding year two and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities with field trips to educational sites throughout Armenia, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and vocational training opportunities. $65,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center.

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Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

March 2017
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2016 Operating Budget

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 no hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. The children’s center will continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend afterschool and summer school programs providing them with the additional skills necessary for a successful future. Additionally, these children suffer from malnutrition and related illnesses due to a lack of well-balanced meals. The center will continue to provide each child with a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they need. Furthermore, many families were forced to take refuge in overseas shipping containers (domiks), or in condemned buildings after the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake or due to their poor socioeconomic status. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat to take showers. The Center will address this very important hygienic need by continuing to provide the children in attendance with supervised new bathing facilities.
Short Term Impact
The short-term 120 children will receive immediate support and guidance to help them succeed for the second year. The Center will continue offer nutritious meals, bathing facilities, counseling opportunities, homework aid and tutoring and core classes including English, Computer, Art/Design, and Math.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, with the success of the Center’s current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of “social orphans” and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri’s economy.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the operating cost for 2016 of the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center’s website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will proudly arrange a visit to the new Center when you are in Armenia.
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Gateway Industry Inc.

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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY November 11, 2016
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Leona's Gummy Vitamins

United Arab Emirates November 1, 2016
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Mr. Razmig Boladian & Mrs. Ani Vartanian Boladian

San Francisco, CA October 12, 2016
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Mrs. Ani Vartanian Boladian, Mr. Razmig Boladian

Arcadia, CA October 12, 2016
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Mr. Ivan Dennison

United Kingdom September 20, 2016
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Ms. Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut

Alameda, CA September 6, 2016
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Ms. Isgouhi Kassakhian

Los Angeles, CA August 27, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Bogosian & Dr. Joan Yazejian

Rolling Hills, CA August 27, 2016
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IL, United States August 26, 2016
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Developmental Service for Armenia

Arcadia, CA July 12, 2016
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Ms. Arpie Kouzouian

Belmont, MA July 11, 2016
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April 30, 2016

The Debi Arach Children's Center held a huge celebration to mark its First Anniversary. Children, staff, & guests enjoyed entertaining games, songs, dances as well as a hearty dinner.

 
July 11, 2017

The Mobile Dental Clinic has arrived at the Debi Arach Children's Center and will provide dental screenings and treatment for the children and staff during the rest of the month.

 
July 21, 2016

The children enjoyed a fun day at the 2nd Annual SERVICE Armenia Carnival hosted by SERVICE Armenia 2016 participants, Paros staff and volunteers.

 
September 1, 2016

Today Nelly started university! Read all about it and see her picture below.

 
October 3, 2016

Today, the children from the center went on an excursion to Gyumri's oldest standing fortress ("Black Fortress"). They had the opportunity to learn about the history of the fortress and spend a exciting day out.

 
November 29, 2016

The kids attending the Debi Arach Children's Center received new winter boots through the Paros Share-a-Pair Operation Winter Boots project.

 
December 24, 2016

On December 24th, the center hosted a wonderful Christmas celebration for our students and staff. The children enjoyed a great meal, followed by a surprise visit from Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause! The children all received a wonderful bag of candy to take home for the holidays.

 
January 25, 2017

Thanks to the generous support of the Assarian Family Foundation today we officially launched the Vocational Training Program at Debi Arach! (For more information please see the Debi Arach Vocational Training project.)

 
February 14, 2017

Sponsors (and friends) of the Debi Arach Children's Center received a warm Valentine's Day greeting from the children and staff at Debi Arach. Special thank you to our volunteer Sarah Derderian who put this together!

Medical Center in Baghanis

Medical Center in Baghanis

Description

According to historical sources the village of Baghanis, currently home to 286 households and 955 people, was established in the fifth century and is situated in the Tavush region of Armenia. Baghanis also has a village school with 110 children in attendance. The village is adjacent to the Republic of Azerbaijan, sharing a 2 km-long border. Like many of the villages in this area, the village of Baghanis has also endured danger and suffering due to the war followed by frequent cease fire violations by Azeri snipers. Following the cease-fire, eight village residents have been killed, while six others wounded. In addition, the village encountered a sharp decline in the number of marriages and childbirths, and increased migration. Today, the residents make a living by farming and tending to their livestock. The village is actively trying to improve the quality of life for its residents and is in need of aid.

Baghanis is also home to a single medical center built in 1989, which serves the entire village population. The center is in poor condition and in desperate need of a complete renovation. Once renovated the clinic will not only be able to see to the villagers daily medical needs, but also attend to emergency needs of the local villages and soldiers on the border. Renovations will include a new roof, doors, windows, electric, plumbing, sewer system, flooring, heating, furniture and equipment.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Baghanis Village

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Three months after start date
Medical Center in Baghanis
$19,750 of $21,500 raised
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The Need
Armenia’s rural regions are in need of proper medical facilities in order to meet the community’s basic health care requirements. Complete renovations are needed for the Baghanis Medical Center and are fundamental to allow this center to operate and serve its own residents and nearby soldiers on the border.
Short Term Impact
In the short-term the Baghanis Medical Center will obtain a new roof, doors, windows, electric, plumbing, sewer systems, flooring, heating, furniture and equipment. The renovations and equipment will immediately better facilitate the health needs of the residents and nearby soldiers. Materials will be purchased locally whenever possible, thus providing a boost to the local economy. Local workers will be hired during the renovation process thus providing these residents short-term employment.
Long Term Impact
The residents of Baghanis will benefit through improved morale and well-being of its community members, a consistent source of reliable health care services for soldiers on the border, and, ultimately, improved community health.
Sponsors Benefits
Donors will be recognized on a plaque inside the medical center, on all relevant press related to this important project and your name listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Baghanis Medical Clinic for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. & Mrs. Chuck & Peggy Barsam

Huntington Beach, CA February 9, 2016
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Ms. Sonia Tajirian

Berkeley, CA January 10, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Harvey & Nora Hanoian

Walnut Creek, CA January 1, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Arthur & Rosemond Muncheryan

San Francisco, CA January 1, 2016
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Mrs. Joyce Sahyouni

United Kingdom January 1, 2016
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April 25, 2016

Demolition at the Medical Center began today!

 
May 28, 2016

The renovation is moving along well. A radiant solar heating system will provide heating for the medical center.

 
July 21, 2016

The Baghanis Medical Center work is complete. The Center is open for business! Some additional equipment and furniture has been purchased and will be delivered to the Medical Center soon.

Computers for Kids 3

Computers for Kids 3

Description

The need for computers is imperative to the development of student’s future. Access to a computer and the Internet helps students obtain innovative skills allowing them to use modern means to complete their homework assignments and open the doors of communication for opportunities all across the world. Many schools, children’s centers, and orphanages are unable to provide access to computers and internet to their student’s due to the high costs of obtaining the items and monthly charges associated with Internet usage.

We hope to be able to purchase and distribute computers to schools, children’s centers and orphanages and give more and more students the opportunity to broaden their skills and abilities. Donations of new and used computers in excellent condition are also welcomed. Sponsorship of this project will include computers and Internet connection for a year for each computer purchased (or donated) for the chosen location.

Region

All

City / Village

All

Start Date

August 2018

End Date

September 2018
Computers for Kids 3

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

The Need
Unfortunately, due to the high cost of computers and the subsequent expenses obtaining Internet access, many schools, children’s centers, and orphanages are unable to provide their students with this necessity. Hence, many students do not receive the same opportunities as others to excel in their studies and learn new technological skills that will positively impact their futures.
Short Term Impact
Students at schools, children’s centers and/or orphanages who do not have computers nor internet access will receive computers with internet access for their use.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, this project has the potential of impacting the lives of hundreds of students and help them gain computer skills that will create greater future opportunities, including career advancements.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor the Computers for Kids project will be recognized by the school, children’s center or orphanage on their website and in their printed materials, and your name will be 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 the school, children’s center or orphanage when you are in Armenia.
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Mr. Dikran Samourkashian

Cupertino, CA June 18, 2017
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Mr. Dikran Samourkashian

Cupertino, CA December 12, 2016

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August 8, 2018

Work stations were purchased and delivered to the Ghoghanj Children's Center to enable them to expand their computer classes and computer education for their students.

  

Tsap-Tsapik Music Education Program

Tsap-Tsapik Music Education Program

Description

The Tsap-Tsapik Music Education Program is aimed at developing inclusive education through music in Armenia. The program was founded by Sevana Tchakerian, whose approach and content is unprecedented in Armenia. Currently, there is no music education program for preschool children in Armenia, except occasional choir practice. The Tsa-Tsapik Early Music Education Program aims at introducing preschool children in Armenia to the musical world through a playful and diversified pedagogic approach. In addition, this initiative aims to educate children who are underprivileged, for geographical, sociological, physical or psychological reasons and cannot afford to attend music in private schools in Yerevan.

Through this program Sevana, who is also the Program Director, provides open instruction to everyone without discrimination, helps develop children’s curiosity for musical practice, while valuing them and giving them the opportunity to express themselves. Music researchers have found correlations between playing music and some of the deepest workings of the human brain. Music helps develop children’s language, math and listening skills, self-esteem, creativity, motor coordination, as well as relieves their stress, and is an excellent way to teach children with special needs. The program is more complete and focuses on the discovery of sounds and rhythms, instrumental exploration and body awareness, in addition to singing. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the priority is to empower the local teaching corps by sharing new teaching resources and working directly with both the teachers and the students via infield workshops.

Sponsorship of this project will allow Sevana to launch this program in seven villages during the 2015-2016 school year, provide training and instruments for those villages and help develop inclusive education in Armenia. The training she will provide during the one year will educate around 30 teachers and benefit 350 students. The tools provided to the teachers, along with regularly updated teaching resources, can be used for many years following the implementation of the program in a village. Sponsoring seven villages for a year means providing music education to more than 1750 children in Armenia within 5 years.

The program will run from September 2015 to July 2016 in the seven villages (kindergartens, daycare centers).

September-December 2015: biweekly training sessions and workshops in centers A, B, C and D.

January-March 2016: biweekly training sessions in centers E, F and G

April-June 2016: weekly follow-up workshops in all seven centers

End of June 2016: open house workshops, gathering with the communities

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Region

Armenia

City / Village

Seven villages throughout Armenia

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One year from start date
Tsap-Tsapik Music Education Program

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

The Need
Although Armenia has achieved universal primary school enrollment, close to 80% of preschool age children do not attend preschools due to poverty and/or absence of preschool facilities, while 7,000 of the 8,000 children with disabilities, learning difficulties and disadvantages are systematically excluded from education. As music is an excellent vector of child development and inclusion, we want to develop the practice of inclusive education in Armenian villages by training the local teachers and educators to early music education, and by providing music instruments to the involved kindergartens and day care centers.
Short Term Impact
In the short term about 30 teachers will receive early music training and be able to administer the program to 350 underprivileged children all within kindergartens and daycares in seven villages. In addition, the kindergartens and day cares will receive musical instruments for the teachers and children’s use.
Long Term Impact
The long-term teachers will be provided with regularly updated teaching resources, which can be used for many years following the implementation of the program in a village. In addition, hundreds of additional students will partake in the program in the coming years. Hundreds of underprivileged children in villages will develop improved language, math and listening skills, self-esteem, creativity, motor coordination, as well as improve their general well-being.
Sponsors Benefits
Your support of this project will be recognized at the seven villages, your name listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website, on social networks, and in appropriate press related to this important. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the villages and a meeting the children when you are in Armenia.
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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Gretchen Albarian

Hermosa Beach, CA December 12, 2016
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Ms. Christine Urnecli

France January 14, 2016
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Mrs. Eleonore Aslanian

San Francisco, CA December 19, 2015
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Mr. Alen Bardizbanyan

Sweden December 10, 2015
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Ms. Lisa Manookian in honor of Gabriel Aljalian

Ardmore, PA
In Honor Of Gabriel Aljalian November 3, 2015
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

Fountain Hills, AZ October 22, 2015
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Playground for Tsoghamarg

Playground for Tsoghamarg

Description

Tsoghamarg is one of the Women for Development NGO’s (WFD NGO) beneficiary rural communities. It is located in the Ashotsk area and is 20km from Gyumri. There are 558 residents in the community, of whom 70 are children of school age and 56 are children of pre-school age. There was a kindergarten in the village until 2002, but due to financial issues has not been functioning for the last 13 years. As a result of the projects implemented in Tsoghamarg by WFD NGO, a community development strategic plan 2013-2015 was jointly developed in 2012. One of the issues covered in the strategic plan refers to the organization of children’s leisure activities, which could be solved by building a playground in the village. The problem is that currently, there isn’t a suitable area or playground for children and adolescents to spend their free time. The yard of the former kindergarten is fenced and would make an excellent area to build a playground. Sponsorship of this project will help restore the area and install the necessary equipment to create a small playground for the children. The main goal of the project is to improve the everyday life of children and adolescents in the Tsoghamarg community. The playground in Tsoghamarg will ease women’s everyday problems and will save their already tight budget so they won’t have to spend extra money on transportation costs in order to take their children to a park in the nearby city.

The WFD NGO was formed in 1997 in Gyumri, Armenia. The organization is carrying out important work to improve the lives of Armenians by empowering women, providing healthy lifestyle skills, mobilizing communities, and developing a culture of peace. From 2000-2007, WFD NGO has worked in more than 70 rural communities of North Armenia towards primary health care, family planning, reproductive health and rights, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS and more. Since 2008, WFD NGO started its work towards rural community mobilization and development in beneficiary rural communities. Through working closely with municipalities and active community groups WFD NGO provides non-formal educational opportunities for rural women to increase their communities’ capacity, independence and entrepreneurship.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Tsoghamarg

Start Date

May 2017

End Date

July 2017
Playground for Tsoghamarg

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

The Need
The region of Shirak is one of the poorest and vulnerable regions in Armenia. Unemployment and poverty are a big problem for the rural communities of the region. Poverty in rural communities leaves a negative trace on children and adolescents depriving them of the most rudimentary opportunities that are so important for their age. There is a big absence of public places for the children to play and spend their free time. The playground will serve the children for many years and will help minimize the difference of socio-economic conditions between cities and remote communities. The residents of the village will take responsibility of implementing the project, protecting the playground, cleaning the place and ensuring its purposeful usage with the help of the local authorities and the volunteers of the Tsoghamarg community center non-governmental structure.
Short Term Impact
In the short-term, 70 school-age children and 56 children of pre-school age in the village of Tsoghamarg will have a well-equipped playground to be used in their everyday life.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, the project will bring positive changes into the lives of 126 children and more in the remote rural community of Tsoghamarg. In addition, it will greatly change the overburdened routine of rural women. A favorable atmosphere will be created for children’s leisure and upbringing.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to support this project will be recognized in the Women for Development NGO’s social media sites, and a plaque with the donor name(s) will be installed at the playground. Additionally donors will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Tsoghamarg community when you are in Armenia.
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Mr. Alex Andrikian

Calabasas, CA
SERVICE Armenia June 6, 2017
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Mr. Hrag Gulian

Granada Hills, CA
SERVICE Armenia May 31, 2017
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Ms. Alique Fisher

Arlington, MA
SERVICE Armenia April 20, 2017
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Mr. Gregory Titizian

Monrovia, CA
SERVICE Armenia April 18, 2017
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Mr. Haig Nadjarian

Arlington, VA
SERVICE Armenia April 7, 2017
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Ms. Christine Halladjian

Glendora, CA
SERVICE Armenia April 3, 2017
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Rehabilitation Services for Children with Disabilities

Rehabilitation Services for Children with Disabilities

Description

Established in February 2014, the “Armenak & Ann Tadeossian’s” Children Rehabilitation and Day Care Center (AAT Center) provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pediatric psychology, hydrotherapy, art therapy and special education services to children and young adults with disabilities. The Center is located in the Aragatsotn region of Armenia, which has three towns and 111 villages. According to official statistic, of the 131,700 residents of this region, 231 are disabled children of which 82 of them require special care. The AAT Center is able to provide services to children from 22 of the following villages: Agarak, Avan, Ashnak, Aragatsotn, Aruj, Byurakan, Kaqavadzor, Mastara, Nerqin Bazmaberd, Verin Bazmaberd, Nerqin Sasnashen, Nor Amanus, Nor Yedesia, Voskevaz, Voskehat, Partizak, Sasunik, Ushi, Ujan, Oshakan, Ohanavan, Maralik.

The Center is newly reconstructed and fully equipped with the necessary rehabilitation goods and furnishing to provide the highest standard of rehabilitation care. Although the AAT Center is a non-governmental foundation, they do receive minor aid from the government to provide medical services for area residents. The majority of their aid comes from local companies and foundations, and diasporan Armenians who want to help. Since its inception, 48 children from the region have received rehabilitation services at the center. The AAT Center hopes to expand its services to more children and young adults, but lacks the financial ability. $3,600 will help provide four children rehabilitation services at the center for six months, including food, transportation, and salaries. Sponsorship of this important project will help enhance the quality of life of more children and young adults with disabilities and their families. We hope to be able to find sponsorship for ten children.

Region

Aragatsotn

City / Village

22 Villages in Aragatsotn

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

June 2018
Rehabilitation Services for Children with Disabilities

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

The Need
Children with disabilities in Armenia are generally kept sheltered from society and live in institutions. Establishment of educational, health and day-care rehabilitation centers are vital in order to promote deinstitutionalization, help them overcome feelings of isolation and promote social integration into public life. The AAT Rehabilitation Center is in need of additional funding in order to keep providing these vital services to more children and young adults with disabilities. Furthermore, many of their parents are financially unable to cover these expenses.
Short Term Impact
In the short-term four children or young adults with disabilities will receive rehabilitation and day care services for six months at the ATT Center.
Long Term Impact
This project has considerable long-term benefits for the children and young adults receiving these services and their families. The rehabilitative and educational services they will receive at the center will help develop their skills and abilities for better participation in life. The services provided will help children with multiple disabilities have an opportunity to develop their abilities and gain productive skills for their future. Families will also gain important knowledge or ways to care for their disabled family members.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to help provide children and young adults with disabilities with rehabilitation services at the AAT Center will be recognized at the Center and your name listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation and AAT Center websites and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the “Armenak & Ann Tadeossian’s” Children Rehabilitation and Day Care Center when you are in Armenia.
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Ms. Linnet Zohrabian

United Kingdom February 8, 2020
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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom January 1, 2020
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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom October 12, 2019
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Ms. Linnet Zohrabian

United Kingdom October 12, 2019
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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom February 10, 2018
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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom November 16, 2017
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September 12, 2018

After further discussions with the staff at Rehabilitation Center, they have requested several pieces of equipment that they cannot secure in Armenia for the children. The Paros Foundation staff in Los Angeles secured the requested equipment and supplies with the funds available and shipped these items to Armenia. They will arrive in approximately two months.

 
December 14, 2018

All of the items arrived and were delivered to the center. We received these photos a few days later showing some of the new items they were given!

Adopt A School Restroom 3- Hatsik

Adopt A School Restroom - Hatsik 3

Description

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

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

Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

June 2014

End Date

August 2014
Adopt A School Restroom 3- Hatsik

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

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

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July 14, 2014

Renovations work began in order to renovate the third restroom at the Hatsik Village School.

August 28, 2014

The work has been completed and the staff at the Hatsik Village school now has a new and fully functioning restroom.