Paros Housing, After-School & Vocational Center
The 1988 Spitak Earthquake caused the death of more than 35,000 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless. Armenia’s second largest city, Gyumri, was most affected by the earthquake. In the years that followed, Armenia’s Independence, the Artsakh War and corrupt regional and local officials all contributed to a massive housing shortage, the inability to emerge from this housing shortage, and generational poverty in Gyumri. Today, almost 2,000 domiks are still “home” to people in Gyumri. While the development in Gyumri has considerably advanced in recent years, this housing shortage continues to exist.
To date, The Paros Foundation has purchased 26 homes for domik families, and demolished 26 domiks, ensuring no one will ever live in one again. In early 2022, the new Mayor of Gyumri proposed to The Paros Foundation that the city provides The Foundation with one of Gyumri’s many half-constructed buildings, with the purpose of Paros completing the building’s construction and housing domik families. The building that was selected and given to Paros is suitable for 16 residential apartments and has an additional 6,000 square feet that Paros will use to open a second branch of its Debi Arach Children’s Center, additional vocational training programs and/or a second social enterprise.
The Paros Foundation has the experience and track record to successfully implement this project. Its benefits will be multi-fold including:
- 16 domik families will receive a new home.
- 16 domiks will be demolished and land returned to the city.
- One unfinished building will be completed, eliminating another eye sore for the city.
- During the construction phase, more than $500,000 will be invested in Gyumri’s economy through material purchases and labor.
- Once completed, Debi Arach will create an additional 8 to 10 full time employment positions.
More than 2,000 people remain homeless in Gyumri living in “domiks”. This project will help create permanent housing for 16 families and eliminate 16 domiks.
Short Term Impact
The construction of 16 apartments and a second branch office of Debi Arach Children’s Center will create approximately 20 construction jobs for almost one year. There will be a local bump in the economy as labor and materials will be purchased locally whenever possible.
Long Term Impact
16 families will receive new apartments. 16 domiks will be demolished and the land returned to the city for public use. 100 children will receive the benefits proven through the programing at Debi Arach and 8 to 10 full time employment positions will be created at the new location.
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.