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

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

Contacts

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Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 20

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 20

Description

The Kharpert Home for Special Children is an orphanage located in the village of Nor Kharpert serving more than 250 children with varying degrees of developmental disabilities. The orphanage is a state run facility that receives governmental support to provide these vulnerable children with basic care and education.

Excursions to amusement parks and/or other appropriate venues provide these children with both valuable community experience and needed recreation. Children with disabilities in Armenia are generally kept sheltered from society. These children do not attend school, but rather attend classes at the orphanage. It is important for both these children and society that they experience community life.

For each donation of $250, approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of care provides will be able to go on an excursion to Yerevan at Victory Park, or another appropriate venue for a morning or afternoon of activities including transportation, admission and snacks. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

October 2022

End Date

October 2022
Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 20

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

The Need

Several homes in these frontier communities were damaged to varying degrees and need immediate repair. Villagers need to know that the diaspora stands with them in this time of need.

Short Term Impact

Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit these children regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as people witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation towards the Kharpert Home for Special Children’s Excursion project will be recognized as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.

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Mr. & Dr. Varujan & Biana Goncuian

Calabasas, CA December 17, 2021

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October 6, 2022

Residents of the Kharpert Home for Special Children went on an excursion to a Lake Sevan camp. They had a fun week of swimming and lakeside activities.

Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 22

Description

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

Armenia’s orphan children should have the opportunity to experience popular cultural events, exhibits, and excursions in Armenia, or simply have a fun afternoon or activity that they normally would not be able to experience. Many different activities and excursions can be organized for these children. The extent of the activity or trip is directly related to the sponsorship amount. For sponsorships amounts between $250 -$750 approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of chaperons will be able participate in a memorable activity. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

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

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

Throughout Armenia

Start Date

July 6, 2022

End Date

July 6, 2022
Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 22

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

The Need

Armenia’s orphanages generally are able to provide for their children’s basic care, but limited funding does not allow these children to visit museums, historical sites and popular cultural events. Allowing a child a few hours of recreation and/or entertainment as a regular child greatly enhances his/her outlook on life and reduces the emotional complexes of being an orphan.

Short Term Impact

The short-term impact of this project will be the immediate employment of a bus driver, money being spent in Armenia’s local economy and most important the education and social benefits for 20 orphan children.

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term emotion, education and psychological benefits for the children, as they will be able to participate in activities that are above and beyond basic existence in an orphanage.

Sponsors Benefits

Your support of this project will be recognized at the relevant Orphanage, your name listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the care facility when you are in Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Gretchen Albarian

Hermosa Beach, CA December 21, 2021

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July 6, 2022

Participants and volunteers of the SERVICE Armenia 2022 group accompanied children from the Yerevan Children's Home during a fun afternoon excursion at the Yerevan Zoo.

Debi Arach Children’s Center 2022 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2022 Operating Budget

Description

The Paros Foundation launched the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 185 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. At least nine children have been taken out of boarding schools, attend our center and now live back at home with their families. Many of the children who were receiving poor grades in school are now achieving top scores. The children have become socially well adjusted and much more healthier than before with the continued consumption of multi-vitamins and a daily well-balanced meal. Staff trainings take place 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.

The center is working on funding year eight 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, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and career planning opportunities. $82,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center. In January of 2017, Debi Arach successfully launched its first program within its Vocational Training Center, teaching children computer programming, 3d printing and robotics curriculum. The goal of this newest component is to provide these children with marketable job skills in order to help them work themselves out of poverty. In 2019, with the long term commitment by Dr. & Mrs. Gary and Linda Assarian (MI) the vocational training program was renamed the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

Region

Shirak / Շիրակ

City / Village

Gyumri / Գյումրի

Start Date

April 2022

End Date

March 2023
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2022 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 185 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 2022 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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Dr. & Mrs. George & Gail Kodokian (Gudukian)

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In Memory Of Nvart Havloudjian (Topakian) November 24, 2023
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Mr. Roupen Dechkounian

Lexington, MA November 4, 2023
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Ms. Kathryn J. Abajian

CA, United States October 20, 2023
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Ms. Monica Markarian

PA, United States October 7, 2023
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Mr. Roupen Dechkounian

Lexington, MA October 4, 2023
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Ms. Kathryn J. Abajian

CA, United States September 19, 2023
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Ms. Monica Markarian

PA, United States September 7, 2023
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Mr. Roupen Dechkounian

Lexington, MA September 4, 2023
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Ms. Kathryn J. Abajian

CA, United States August 19, 2023
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Ms. Monica Markarian

PA, United States August 7, 2023
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Mr. Roupen Dechkounian

Lexington, MA August 4, 2023
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Mr. Samuel Khatchadourian

Glendale, CA
July 25, 2023
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Ms. Elise Yacoubian

La Crescenta, CA July 24, 2023
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July 9, 2022

Med-Aid Armenia visits Debi Arach providing checkups for the children to keep them healthy and catch any potential health issues.

December 23, 2022

Today the children of Debi Arach celebrate Christmas with lunch, carols, and a special visit from Santa Claus!

Khndzoresk School Multipurpose Room Renovation

Khndzoresk School Multipurpose Room Renovation

Description

The village of Khndzoresk is located in Armenia’s Syunik Region, south of Goris near Artsakh.  More than 2,000 people live in Khndzoresk.  The school is home to more than 300 children.  Several years ago, The Paros Foundation worked at this school to renovate seven restrooms for use by the students and staff.

The school’s auditorium is in very poor condition.   Old and broken windows and insufficient heating make this space unusable in the cold winter months.  Students from nearby villages also come to Khndzoresk to take their college entrance exams because other schools in the area do not have a large space like this at the school’s disposal.  

Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte, who’s grandfather was from this village, has taken a special interest in the school.  She, along with her supporters, wish to renovate this space into a fully functioning multipurpose room that students can use year-round.

Work to the auditorium will include new and reconfigured windows, heating, flooring, ceiling and new electrical.  New auditorium  seating, artwork and audio visual technology will complete this space.  

Region

Syunik

City / Village

Khnsoresk

Start Date

February 2022

End Date

June 2022
Khndzoresk School Multipurpose Room Renovation

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

The Need

The auditorium in the Khndzoresk Village School is overall poor condition and completely not usable in the winter because of a lack of sufficient heating.  The space needs to be renovated to create a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the children to assemble. 

Short Term Impact

Renovation work will lead to a modest boost to the locale economy as labor and materials will be purchased locally whenever possible.  

Long Term Impact

Once renovated, this new and comfortable space will lead to more student involvement at the school in such subjects as music, art, theater and dance.  The space will also help with regional competitions and college entrance testing.  

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation

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Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation

Westbrook, ME March 16, 2022
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Anna Astvatsaturian Foundation

Westbrook, ME December 29, 2021

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February 5, 2022

Demolition work begins at the school's auditorium.

March 1, 2022

Two windows were closed and the rest were made smaller to both allow for sufficient heating and natural light.

March 7, 2022

A new tray ceiling and led lighting will create both excellent acoustics and a beautiful aesthetic. 

June 23, 2022

Construction on the auditorium is finished! An opening was held where students performed in the new auditorium. Anna Astvatsaturian, who spearheaded this project, was present and spoke at the opening.

Assarian Vocational Training Program 2021-2023

Assarian Vocational Training Program 2021-2023

Description

The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015. The center, which provides over 180 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.

In 2016, Debi Arach launched their vocational training program at the center in order 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. Students participate in their choice of several programs including computer programing classes using a curriculum developed by the Union of Information Technology Enterprises, 3D printing and related software and programming, and computer repairs – both hardware and software. In 2019, additional vocational options was added to the program including instruction for cosmetologists, hair stylists, make up artists and manicurists and the eventual launch of the Hianali Beauty Center. The salon is run as a social enterprise open to the public for services as well as training classes for students. Furthermore, vocational courses are also offered at Digital Pomegranate and the Lentex Textile Factory, both located in Gyumri.  

In 2019, the vocational training program was renamed  Assarian Vocational Training Program in honor of the Dr. Gary and Linda Assarian Family Foundation, whose generous donations underwrite the vocational training programs. 

Sponsorship towards this project will help run the vocational programs in Gyumri, including staff wages and supplies. The goal is to help hundreds of people 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

January 2021

End Date

December 2023
Assarian Vocational Training Program 2021-2023

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 Vocation Center provides 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
In the short term, 50 students, both current and new, will participate in one of several training programs offered for the duration of a year. Four trainers will be employed and facilitate classes.
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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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

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June 13, 2023
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
June 14, 2022
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
January 5, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Yvonne Korkoian

Farmington Hills, MI December 26, 2021

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February 6, 2021

Today our team visited the Lentex Textile factory where Assarian Vocational Training Program participants are training to be seamstresses.

June 25, 2021

Participants are starting training at Digital Pomegranate where they will learn skills in software and programming, computer repairs, and many more useful computer skills. 

August 29, 2021

Construction on the Hianali Beauty Center is complete!

September 27, 2021

SERVICE Armenia 2021 Young Professionals visits Digital Pomegranate to learn about the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

October 17, 2021

Today the first hairstyling training at the Hianali Beauty Center was held. We are excited for participants to take many more training classes at the center. 

October 25, 2021

The Hianali Beauty Center is open! A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the momentous occasion and vocational training participants showcased the skills they have already learned at the Hianali Beauty Center. This joyous occasion marks the beginning of valuable skills learned at the Hianali Beauty Center.

July 12, 2022

SERVICE Armenia 2022 visits the Hianali Beauty Center to learn more about the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

October 21, 2022

Today participants from the Hianali Beauty Center Assarian Vocational Training program graduated the program. They were joined by the Paros Team that threw the graduates a party to celebrate their accomplishment.

Groceries for Gyumri 2022-2023

Groceries for Gyumri 2022-2023

Description

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, thousands of people were left homeless in the city of Gyumri. Many of these families took refuge in the overseas shipping containers (domiks) that were shipped into Armenia loaded with humanitarian relief supplies. Although more than a quarter century has passed since the earthquake, this depressive reality still remains. Currently, more than 1,800 families still live in domiks scattered throughout Gyumri in extreme poverty. Many of them are unable to provide for their familys’ needs including warm clothes, nutritious food, heat and electricity for their homes and other basic necessities.

During his visit to Armenia several summers ago Dustin Hochmuth, one of the SERVICE Armenia 2017 participants, and several of his peers, witnessed these horrible conditions and decided to assemble packets for 10 families in dire need of everyday necessities and non-perishable food items. This effort was led by one of the SERVICE Armenia 2017 coordinators, Stephanie Nersesyan. Following the success of that effort, Paros has continued implementing this project on a regular basis. 

Our goal is to help 200 families in need over the course of the next two years. Each packet will cost $40 and will include basic staples including personal hygiene products, non-perishable food items such as rice, flour, sugar, salt, oil, and pasta. The packets will also include fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products and canned meats.  Donations in any amount will help this important cause.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

June 2020

End Date

December 2023
Groceries for Gyumri 2022-2023

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

The Need

Currently, more than 1,800 families still live in domiks scattered throughout Gyumri in extreme poverty. Many of them are unable to provide for their familys’ needs including warm clothes, nutritious food, heat and electricity for their homes and other basic necessities.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, 200 families will receive packets filled with basic staples including personal hygiene products, non-perishable food items and fresh food items.

Long Term Impact

In long term, the Armenian diaspora will be exposed to the harsh living conditions in Gyumri through this important project.

Sponsors Benefits

All project sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation’s website. The Paros Foundation can arrange a visit to Gyumri when you are in Armenia.

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Armenian Parent Group at Village Christian School

Glendale, CA
June 1, 2023
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Mrs. Aylin Ghookhassian

Shadow Hills, CA
May 31, 2023
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Ms. Elena Patatanyan

Burbank, CA
May 30, 2023
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Mr. Samuel Khatchadourian

Glendale, CA
April 7, 2023
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Mr. Samuel Khatchadourian

Glendale, CA
April 6, 2023
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Mr. Samuel Khatchadourian

Glendale, CA
April 5, 2023
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July 8, 2022

With the help of donors and SERVICE Armenia 2022 participants, 100 food & supplies packs were assembled and distributed to impoverished families in Gyumri.

June 30, 2023

With the help of our donors and SERVICE Armenia 2023 participants, 100 packs of groceries were assembled and given to impoverished families living in Gyrumri.

Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2022-2023 Funding

Ghoghanj Nor Nork - 2022-2023 Funding​

Description

The Ghoghanj Children’s Center located in the Kentron of Yerevan provides afterschool and summer school programs for approximately 85 children every month. Children who attend the Center are loosely defined as “at risk.” These children typically come from very poor households, often times with a single head of household, who cannot pay for such assistance. The goal of the Ghoghanj Children’s Center is to provide the necessary academic, psychological and social support to ensure that the children attending mature to well adjusted, successful, young adults.

In order to further impact more “at-risk” children, the Center has identified a need for this model to be replicated and offered to other communities in Armenia. Through the generous support of the Dadourian Foundation, a second center for “at-risk” children was opened in 2014 in the Nor Nork neighborhood of Yerevan to provide support to 85 additional children annually. The new center has provided students the same core classes daily (English, Russian, Computer, Design, Painting, Theater and Dance) as the Ghoghanj Children’s Center – Kentron. The goal of this project is to broaden the services offered to socially vulnerable children and families in other communities and provide them with the proper support and guidance needed to excel in school and become self-confident and respectful young adults.

Amount will include rent, utilities, teacher salaries, maintenance and additional improvements, and supplies.

Region

Yerevan / Երևան

City / Village

Nor Nork / Նոր Նորք

Start Date

September 2022

End Date

August 2023
Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2022-2023 Funding

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

The Need

Children living in the community of Nor Nork in Yerevan are in need of additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support. A second center for these kids has been opened and needs financial support in order to cover operational costs for the following school year 2022-2023.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, sponsorship of this project will help continue to employ teachers, and provide 85 children in the Nor Nork neighborhood of Yerevan with their needed tutoring and guidance.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, this project has the potential of impacting the lives of 85-100 at-risk students by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to fund the operational costs for the 2022-2023 school year for Ghoghanj-Nor Nork 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 happily arrange a visit to the center when you are in Armenia.

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Dadourian Foundation

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June 20, 2023

Dr. Krikor Deramerian and the Med Aid team visit Ghoghanj Nor Nork to give kids attending the childrens' center their annual check-ups.

Kindergarten Renovations: Shirak

Kindergarten Renovations: Shirak

Description

The villages of Jajur, Keti and Marmarashen do not have functioning kindergartens for their children.  Not only does this place these children at a disadvantage when they start school, but it also makes it more difficult for parents who wish to use kindergarten time to work and earn money to help their families.  

The local consolidated community has completed the renovations necessary to launch the operation of these three kindergartens.  Once open, these villages will also benefit from added job opportunities for cooks, teachers and aids.  The kindergartens are each in need of their kitchens being installed and their appliances and supplies being purchased. The Paros Foundation will raise the funds necessary through this project to equip these kindergarten kitchens and allow them to begin operations.  

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Keti, Jajur, Marmarashen

Start Date

December 2021

End Date

May 2023
Kindergarten Renovations: Shirak

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

The Need

The villages of Jajur, Keti and Marmarashen  do not have functioning kindergartens.  While the local consolidated communities have renovated suitable facilities in each village, they are in need of having their kitchens completed and furnished to launch operations.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the kitchens in each of the three village kindergartens will be completed, furnished and equipped. The purchase of local materials and the employment of local labor whenever possible will create a modest benefit for the village economy.  This will allow more than 60 children to attend kindergarten and gain the benefits of early education. 

Long Term Impact

In the long term, 60 children in the villages will benefit from early education.  The communities themselves will benefit from additional employment opportunities for at least 14 people at these facilities.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Charlene Asdourian

Newport Coast, CA April 2, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Charlene Asdourian

Newport Coast, CA
November 29, 2021
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Ms. Jeanette Boras

San Juan Capistrano, CA October 9, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Charlene Asdourian

Newport Coast, CA September 17, 2021

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December 12, 2021

Appliances and kitchen supplies were purchased and delivered to both the Keti and Jajur Kindergartens.  

 

Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

Description

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

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

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Aygedzor

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Six months after start
Aygedzor Village Kindergarten Reconstruction

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

The Need

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

Short Term Impact

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

Long Term Impact

In the long term, children in the village will benefit from early education.  The community itself will benefit from additional employment opportunities at the expanded kindergarten.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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MY

Municipality of Yerevan

Armenia January 7, 2022
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GF

Anonymous

West Hills, CA December 22, 2021
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MA

Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Pamela Avedisian

Lexington, MA December 15, 2021
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JF

John Mirak Foundation

Arlington, MA December 13, 2021

Updates: Images & Information

July 20, 2022

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

Akunk Medical Center

Akunk Medical Center

Description

The Akunk village is located in Armenia’s Geghagunik Region and home to more than 4,500 people.  The community is located in the more isolated portion of the Geghagunik Region to the east of Lake Sevan.  The economy of this village is primarily agriculture based, however some of the villagers work in the city of Vardenis as Akunk is located immediately outside of Vardenis.  

In 2020, the governor’s office supported the creation of a new medical center for the community in an existing building.  Unfortunately, the funds provided were not enough to complete the full renovation and the medical center continues to operate from a single room in one of the village’s schools.  

To resolve this issue and to help create a functioning medical center for the community, The Paros Foundation will complete the remodel of the five room medical center and equip the building with proper heat and some furniture if funding provides.  The work to complete the center should take approximately two months.  

 

 

Region

Gegharkunik

City / Village

Akunk

Start Date

February 2022

End Date

3 months after start
Akunk Medical Center

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

The Need

The large village of Akunk near Vardenis does not have a permanent medical center.  The regional administration has partially renovated a suitable building but must be completed.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the work on the medical center will be completed and the center opened.  Local labor will be employed during the work to help provide local jobs.  

Long Term Impact

In the long term, the village of Akunk and its residents will benefit from having a quality medical center to help its residents with both its routine and critical medical needs.  

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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MC

Mr. Alex Cherchian

Mount Pleasant, SC January 23, 2022

Updates: Images & Information

February 21,2022
Renovation work has begun. The heating system has been installed and the local constriction crew is working on putting the floor tile down.  
June 3, 2022

Medical center is completed and is now fully in use.