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GOALS for Armenia and Artsakh

GOALS for Armenia and Artsakh

Description

By using sport for social impact, Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS) aims to equip youth with confidence and resilience to face and resolve challenges both on and off the field.

Our goal is:

  • To initiate and create a network of Soccer Leagues, After-School Clubs, and Summer Camps in different parts of Armenia and Artsakh
  • To challenge and break down existing barriers of girls playing sports
  • To build a culture of empathy, kindness, and respect
  • To shape future leaders of change

The past couple of years have not been easy for Armenia and Artsakh. With the global pandemic and the war, we as a people have gone through many difficulties. But we are strong and we will persevere in the face of adversity. Through all of this GOALS has been able to maintain its social programming for girls and boys across Armenia and Artsakh. In 2021 we were able to engage and directly impact the lives of over 1000 girls across 8 regions in Armenia. With the launch of the Assarian Relief initiative we were able to provide sports programs to boys and girls that had been displaced because of the war both in Yerevan and across border villages in Syunik, we were even able to launch GOALS in Artsakh with 4 co-ed sports teams. 

As we look forward to 2022 our aim is to expand the quality of services we provide to our girls. This would include engaging our youth as leaders and coaches, providing in-depth trainings, frequent face to face on-site visits and most importantly the expansion of our reach especially in Artsakh. 

Your donations will be used towards obtaining and distributing sports gear, organizing after-school sports clubs, trainings, tournaments, and all sports-related operational costs. 

Region

8 Regions in Armenia & Artsakh

Start Date

December 2021

End Date

September 2023
GOALS for Armenia and Artsakh

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

The Need
Throughout Armenia, there are limited opportunities for girls to play soccer. Despite having a strong desire to do so, girls cannot find the resources necessary or sporting groups that make experiencing the game a possibility. In addition, organized sport participation has several benefits to youth development such as leadership skills, teamwork skills, confidence building and improved overall physical health. The GOALS organization helps give young women the chance to play soccer through their GOALS Leagues, Media, Coach and Referee trainings, Camps and After-school Clubs while helping Armenian communities change the broader mindset limiting girls and women in many aspects of their lives and see that girls can and should be future leaders of their country!
Short Term Impact
GOALS will fill the gap of the lack of afterschool activities in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh by organizing non-formal education and development opportunities. Along with providing immediate health and hygiene education through sports, we will also facilitate conversations around mental health and wellbeing in a post-COVID world. We will also focus on building skills that will be necessary for success in sports and in life such as leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, etc.
Long Term Impact
In the long-term, we envision and Armenia and Artsakh where all girls are empowered with equal opportunities
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, on the GOALS website, and in all relevant press of this important project.
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Ms. Maral Elliott

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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada September 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada August 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada July 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada June 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada May 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada April 17, 2023
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Ms. Maral Elliott

Canada March 17, 2023
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Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2021-2022 Funding

Ghoghanj Nor Nork - 2021-2022 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 2021

End Date

August 2022
Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2021-2022 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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022 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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Ms. Dahlia Kizirian

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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Gretchen Albarian

Hermosa Beach, CA December 21, 2021
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Mr. Sevan Nahabedian

Oakland, CA October 15, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Eric & Sofia Nikssarian

Los Angeles, CA October 14, 2021
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Mr. Sarkis Karabashian

Ventnor, NJ October 13, 2021
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Ms. Bridget Abajian

Beverly Hills, CA September 21, 2021
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University Greenhouse for Forest Tree Seedlings

UNIVERSITY GREENHOUSE FOR FOREST TREE SEEDLINGS

Description

The National Agrarian University is a joint partner in this project. The greenhouse will be essential for the full training of the students during the course of the academic year. Further, the forestry professors and graduate students will conduct various research on part of the surface. The rest of the surface will be tended by our workers to grow various seedlings aimed for our reforestation projects.

We will build a 3,300 square foot greenhouse on the grounds of the National Agrarian University in Vanadzor. The greenhouse will have an automatic irrigation system. In addition, we will build 30 metal tables to support 1500 boxes for plant containers and develop our own design for a seedling container. Each table will support 3,000 containers containing one seedling each. The total capacity of the greenhouse is 90,000 seedlings. If the budget is fully raised, we would like to have two sets of 90.000 containers in order to allow two shifts per year.

The greenhouse will enable us to have a greater variety of forest tree seedlings including some rare and endangered species. This is very important in order to increase bio-diversity in the forests. It will also improve the success ratio of the plants in the afforestation areas as the saplings will go in the ground with soil around their roots.

The Greenhouse budget includes the construction of the actual greenhouse, the installation of an irrigation system, tables, containers and the required shading nets. Details are available upon request.

Region

Lori

City / Village

Vanadzor

Start Date

June 2021

End Date

October 2023
University Greenhouse for Forest Tree Seedlings

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

The Need

To help our reforestation projects in Armenia, we need many different species of good quality seedlings. At the same time, the proper schooling of forestry graduates and future reforestation experts requires that they gain practical instruction. A greenhouse is essential to complete their education and to help reforestation. Indeed some forest tree species are difficult to grow in open-air nurseries. Within the controlled environment of a greenhouse the success rate of rare species and productivity of the seedlings will be increased.

Short Term Impact

Short term impact: 5 workers will be hired to work in the greenhouse and many students will profit from this unique learning tool.

Long Term Impact

The long-term impact of the project is to support reforestaton projects in Armenia in order to increase the forest coverage and improve the nature of this attractive mountainous country. It will also help the training of future forestry specialists.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors to this project will be listed on the Paros website, as well as on the website of My Forest Armenia. One major donor may name the greenhouse. A plaque with all donors will hang inside the greenhouse. For each $1,000 donation a donor may name one table. Donors who visit Armenia can have a guided visit to the greenhouse and the reforestation sites.

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Mr. & Mrs. Vartan & Talin Gharibian

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June 10, 2023
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Avo & Areen

Glendale, CA June 3, 2023
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Ms. Karin Yeni-Komshian

Los Gatos, CA February 8, 2022
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Ms. Michelle Hoersch

Chicago, IL
In Honor Of Lucy Artinian and Robert Hoersch December 28, 2021
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Ayvazian-Daghlian Family Charitable Trust

Arlington, MA December 9, 2021
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Australia July 23, 2021
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian

Arcadia, CA July 18, 2021
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October 1, 2023

The greenhouse has been constructed and is serving as a great benefit for the university students in instruction on forestry.

Matching Challenge for Getahovit School

Matching Challenge for Getahovit School

Description

Getahovit is a village just outside of Ijevan in Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community is home to more than 2,000 residents. Getahovit’s school is in terrible condition and needs a complete renovation. The school was built in 1971 and serves 250 children in the first to twelfth grades. The community of Getahovit and the school’s leadership has tried to maintain the school the best they can given their extremely limited resources. However, crumbling plaster, lack of heating and non-functioning bathrooms make for a terrible environment for these children to learn. To properly renovate the school, this large project will be addressed in phases. Firstly, the school needs to have a functioning heating system prior to the start of winter. This effort, combined with the repair of the school’s roof, changing of the balance of old windows and the start of renovations one of the school’s wings including classrooms and bathrooms will serve as a huge source of inspiration for this community. To kick off this important project, Hovhannes Mardirossian and his wife Anahit, whose mother taught at the school for 45 years, have announced a matching challenge grant for phase one renovations. For every dollar raised towards this effort, they will contribute a matching amount up to $25,000 for a total of $50,000 for phase one!

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Getahovit

Start Date

October 2021

End Date

October 2023
Matching Challenge for Getahovit School

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

The Need
The village school in Getahovit is in very poor overall condition despite the fact that more than 250 children attend. The most immediate need is to replace broken heating system prior to the start of winter.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, the most immediate need is to replace the school’s boilers to provide heat for the school prior to winter. The 250 students will immediately benefit from the new heating system. As the renovations progress, workers’ salaries and material purchases will benefit the local economy.
Long Term Impact
In the longer term, the entire village of Getahovit will benefit from having a school that meets modern safety and comfort standards. The school’s environment will inspire students and staff for years to come.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, in appropriate press, and on a plaque installed at school. Visits to the school can be arranged for donors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. George Piligian

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Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA
August 28, 2023
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Mr. Eddie Istanbul

Morristown, NJ
August 11, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Denise Kaprielian

Huntington Beach, CA
July 29, 2023
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Ms. Marine Arakelians

San Bruno, CA
June 4, 2023
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Mr. Hovhannes Mardirossian & Mrs. Anahit Ghazaryan

Hackensack, NJ December 23, 2022
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Mr. George Piligian

Fort Lee, NJ December 18, 2022
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Ms. Victoria Hovanessian

Fort Lee, NJ July 27, 2022
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October 8, 2021

Work began today to build a new boiler room to house the new boilers for the school as the old boilers are no longer working and beyond repair, and winter will be here soon. 

November 24, 2021

The new boilers have been successfully installed and tested.  This will allow the school to be heated.  A portion of the school's radiators were changed as part of this emergency work.  The rest of the school's pipes and radiators will be changed as soon as funding is raised.  

August 11, 2022
The rest of the school has now been equipped with new piping and radiators for its heating system.
September 8, 2022
Work at school is going well with renovations now complete for the Chemistry Lab and the addition of new office space.
September 12, 2022

Everyone at the Getahovit School was so excited to welcome Mr. & Mrs. Hovhannes & Anahit Mardirossian who visited the chemistry lab and toured the rest of the school. The work at the school was made possible through the generosity and match provided by the Mardirossians and their family & friends.

August 2, 2023

A 3rd boiler has been added to the school's heating system to heat the additional wing of the school to keep the children warm during the winter.

October 19, 2023

Donors visit the school and see all the great work that has been done. We are grateful for all their support and without them this project would not have been possible. 

200 Bee Hives for Tavush

200 Bee Hives for Tavush

Description

Economic opportunities for rural Armenian communities are scarce.  These opportunities along Armenia’s border frontier with Azerbaijan are even more limited.  To help address this important issue, The Paros Foundation has launched several initiatives aimed at job creation in rural communities.  This includes planting more than 800 fruit-bearing trees, establishing a large scale rabbit farm, fertilizer production, small animal feed production and honey production.  These economic development opportunities are all administered under the auspices of the Aygepar Business Incubator, which provides rent-free space, sanitary conditions and marketing and technical expertise to local businesses.

The Paros Foundation has launched a high quality honey production just outside of the village of Verin Tsakhavan in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region with 50 bee hives.  The immediate goal is to grow this production to 200 bee hives over the next two years to create commercially viable quantities of high-altitude, raw honey.  This will lead to expanded job creation and opportunities in the market place as all components of this important project are manufactured locally in the Armenian market including hives, bee families, wax starter sheets and concrete block stands.  Even the glass jars for sale are manufactured in Armenia!

One complete hive and bee colony costs $250. New hives and colonies will be added to expand the total number in the spring. Individuals that sponsor a complete hive will receive one jar of honey from this year’s harvest, a certificate indicating what number hive was established with their support and the opportunity to personalize their honey jar. Please follow this link to personalize your jar of honey: https://forms.gle/Wv1ejDr8QL4yVo3PA

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Verin Tsakhavan

Start Date

March 2021

End Date

December 2023
200 Bee Hives for Tavush

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

The Need
To help combat limited economic opportunities in the Tavush Region’s border communities, The Paros Foundation is working to create job opportunities and collective marketing opportunities via its Aygepar Business Incubator. Expanding honey production will not only create new jobs, but encourage other local residents to expand their beehives as new markets will benefit the entire area.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, an immediate economic impact will be felt through the purchase and expansion of 50 to 75 beehives in the spring. This will effect the hive producers, bee colony farmers, block producers and create addition jobs for bee keepers.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, expanded honey production will create commercially viable quantities of honey both for local consumption and export. Once export markets are established, other local honey producers will have opportunities to export their harvests as well.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors that donate at least $250 to “sponsor a hive” will receive a jar of honey from the 2021 harvest along with a certificate noting which hive is sponsored in their name. In addition, all sponsors are listed on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to Tavush and the honey field can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Lucy Yaldezian

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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian

Bloomfield Hills, MI
January 5, 2022
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Mr. Morley Pitt and Mrs. Elaine Kapjian-Pitt

San Francisco, CA December 31, 2021
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Ms. Jaclyn Assarian

Washington, DC
In Memory Of Tania Chichmanian December 31, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Carole Karabashian

Ventnor City, NJ December 30, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Hovannes & Elza Malikyan

Forest Hills, NY December 29, 2021
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August 4, 2021

Our first year honey harvest has begun!  As plans to expand the number of hives continues, more and more jobs will be created for both beekeepers, hive manufacturers and those people involved in packaging the honey.

November 18, 2021

Our honey is packaged and ready for sale in Armenia.  Sponsors of hives are receiving their honey this week!

Hatsik School Auditorium

Hatsik School Auditorium

Description

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

Region

Armavir

City / Village

Hatsik

Start Date

February 2018

End Date

May 2018
Hatsik School Auditorium

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

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

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Mr. & Mrs. Haig & Nadine Ariyan

West Nyack, NY December 21, 2017

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February 11, 2018

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

April 10, 2018

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

May 15, 2018

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

Terchoonian Home Restoration Project

Terchoonian Home Restoration

Description

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

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

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

May 2015

End Date

August 2015
Terchoonian Home Restoration Project

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

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

NJ, United States January 1, 2016
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Mr. & Mrs. Vicken & Rosette Arslanian

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

Oak Park, MI October 12, 2015
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August 1, 2015

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

Zorakan Village School Revitalization

Zorakan Village School Revitalization

Description

In 2013, a Peace Crops volunteer first submitted the Zorakan village school as a potential Paros project. The school needs an extensive remodel. The school’s campus includes a large two story building which houses the While the Tavush regional government recently installed a new roof at the school, we need to complete the renovation. The scope of work includes installing a new heating system, new windows and doors in 14 classrooms, three new bathrooms (teachers, boys and girls), renovations throughout two hallways (upstairs and downstairs), new furniture, new flooring installation, paint and electrical work. The school will be renovated in two phases.  Phase one will completely renovate the second floor and will include the installation of the heating system. The school campus also includes a second large building that use to house the gymnasium, but this building must be torn down and rebuilt due to structural problems. This project will focus only on the building which houses the classrooms.

The remote village of Zorakan located in Armenia’s Tavush region has a population of about 1,000 people. It was populated by Azeris until 1988 and had a different name, Verin Kerpilu. During an armed conflict, the Azeri population fled the village and Armenian refuges from Azerbaijan were placed in the village. At the time, the entire village population was refugees from Azerbaijan; they later changed the name to Zorakan in honor of two marshals from their home village Chardakhlu. There are approximately 270 households, most of the villagers cannot find work outside their homes and survive by making a living from their land, from their gardens and fruit trees. Some of the husbands (and single men) find work in Russia and are gone much of the year, leaving their wives to raise the families. There are 135 children who attend the secondary school along with 26 teachers and technical workers. Along with the school, the village has a mayor’s office, a post office, four small stores, a health post and a culture house.

The budget to renovate and furnish this two story building of the school is $125,000.

Phase one efforts will include renovations to the second floor classrooms hallway. Funding for phase one is $55,000. Second phase work will be determined based on the response from the government regarding their participation.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Zokran

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

September 2020
Zorakan Village School Revitalization

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

The Need

Children cannot achieve their greatest potential attending classes in substandard classrooms. A renovated, safe and warm environment will allow students to study in a clean, healthy and appropriate atmosphere.

Short Term Impact

Local villagers will be employed during the renovation project. In addition, the school will be able to provide a safe environment for the children.

Long Term Impact

A proper facility for students to learn in will help these village children reach their fullest potential. The growing student population at the school, their teachers and other school workers will take pride in the fact that people care about them and their school

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized with a plaque installed at the school. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the Zorakan School will be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Linda Cirell

Beverly Hills, CA December 27, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

Fountain Hills, AZ December 29, 2020
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Mr. Hrastan Topalian

United Kingdom October 12, 2020
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Dr. & Mrs. Jack & Marie Saroyan

San Francisco, CA December 17, 2019
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State College, PA December 10, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Joyce Kaishian

Brookfield, WI December 8, 2019
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June 1, 2018

Following negotiations with the educational office of the Tavush regional governor, new windows for the second floor were delivered today as their contribution towards this important project, and the reconstruction of the second floor of the Zorakan School has begun.

July 1, 2018

The new boilers have been delivered and installed. Sassoun, our heating specialist has also installed the new heating pipes and radiators, and has pressured tested the entire system. Now the village administration will work with the gas company to move the gas pipes to the new location within the school as part of their contribution to this important project.

July 4, 2018

Our work crew is making excellent progress on installing the sub floors and continuing work on the electric and walls.

September 1, 2018

The first day of school welcomed students and staff into several of the renovated classrooms on the second floor. Everyone is excited! Thank you to all the donors thus far that helped make this phase one renovation possible.

October 26, 2018

As part of our Journey through Armenia trip, participants visited the school in Zorakan. They were so moved by the students and staff, and need to continue this renovation, that several in the group immediately committed to supporting the renovation of the boys and girls bathroom.

December 18, 2018

Work on the two bathrooms at the Zorakan school began now that funding is available!

March 1, 2019

Construction of the two bathrooms is complete.

May 31, 2019

With the school year complete, our construction crew began work on the first floor, entryways and stairwells.

July 15, 2019

Our SERVICE Armenia participants came to volunteer at the school and worked on several of the classrooms, stairwell and hallway.

December 25, 2019

Work on the inside of the Zorakan school is now completed. When the weather permits, our crew will do some repairs and pave the exterior entryway of the school.

May 20, 2020

Work has begun to pave the exterior of the school and repair the badly damaged stairs that lead to the village.

September 21, 2020

Zorakan Village School rennovations, including the exterior stairs of the school,   are complete! A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the school's opening.

Debi Arach Children’s Center 2021 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2021 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 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. 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 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.

The center is working on funding year five 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. $80,000 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 2021

End Date

March 2022
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2021 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 180 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 2021 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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Ms. Kathryn J. Abajian

CA, United States January 19, 2022
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Port Washington, NY January 11, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Stuart & Caroline Arakelian

Danville, CA January 11, 2022
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Mrs. Joyce Yeremian

North Providence, RI January 10, 2022
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Dr. & Mrs. Jack & Marie Saroyan

San Francisco, CA January 7, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Norman & Rosemary Kondy

San Francisco, CA January 7, 2022
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Ms. Monica Markarian

PA, United States January 7, 2022
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March 4, 2021

Due to the pandemic, schools and children's centers were closed throughout Armenia.  Debi Arach reopened as soon as it was allowed to.  Children are provided a fresh mask each day, food is served in individual containers and extra sanitary steps are taken to prevent the virus' spread. 

May 1, 2021

Debi Arach has won a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.  The grant is titled "American Summer" and is aimed at teaching students about American culture through food, music, sports and movies.  This program will run throughout the summer months.

October 25, 2021

As part of our SERVICE Armenia Young Professional's trip to Armenia, participants helped distribute warm winter boots and scarfs for the students at Debi Arach. This project is very valuable as winter boots are expensive and most of the children walk to Debi Arach after school (and Gyumri is very cold.)

New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

Description

Yeghvard is a small border village in Armenia’s Syunik Region. It has a population of just under 300 people. Despite its population and border village status, Yeghvard has a vibrant kindergarten with almost a dozen children attending. The kindergarten does not have a gas connection for its heating needs, and old wooden windows make the space difficult to heat and operate in the winter months, thus leaving the children unable to attend.

Region

Syunik

City / Village

Yeghvard

Start Date

July 2021

End Date

July 2021
New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

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

The Need
The Yeghvard Kindergarten needs new windows to help create a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the children to benefit from early education.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, new windows will be installed at the Yeghvard Village Kindergarten. These windows will be purchased and installed locally, thus creating a modest benefit to the local economy.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, children in the village of Yeghvard will benefit from a safe, clean and comfortable environment to attend kindergarten year-round.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website, on a plaque at the kindergarten and in all relevant press related to this project. Visits can be arranged for sponsors to this kindergarten during their trips to Armenia.
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ACYOA Juniors & Youth Committee of St. Sahag and St. Mesrob Armenian Church

Wynnewood, PA April 25, 2021
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Ms. Ariel Keshishi

United States April 23, 2021
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July 28, 2021

Work to replace the old windows was completed at the kindergarten along with the installation of new electric heaters.