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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.

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Musical Armenia

Musical Armenia

Description

Musical Armenia was founded in 2017, to support youth music education in Armenia. They believe that every child in Armenia should have access to music education, regardless of financial means. Musical Armenia has partnered with The Paros Foundation to help provide tuition scholarships and instruments for underprivileged children. Musical Armenia is solely supported by individual donors.

This project aims to provide full, ongoing music scholarships to children from socially vulnerable families in Vanadzor who attend the Orran Center and children in need from Nork Marash who attend the Andreasyan School of Music. The budget includes funds allocated for securing instruments, transportation costs and other related expenses whenever needed.

Your contribution of $14 per month ($168 per year) will sponsor one child for the duration of one year. Sponsorship in any amount is welcomed.

Region

Lori, Yerevan

City / Village

Vanadzor, Nork Marash

Start Date

January 2023

End Date

December 2024
Musical Armenia
$0 of $14,000 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Children who attend the Orran Center in Vanadzor and the Andreasyan School of Music in Nork Marash have been identified who would like to study music, but are unable to pay for tuition due to their family’s economic condition.

Short Term Impact

Children will study music in a warm and nurturing environment. This includes learning an instrument, studying music theory, and having the opportunity to sing in the school choir (optional). In addition, the project increases teacher salaries, since teachers are paid per student and the project increases the number of students.

Long Term Impact

Musical education teaches discipline, helps develop good work ethic, increases self-esteem and empowers children. This project will sponsor children for the duration of their studies (maximum 8 years), making a lasting investment in the child’s development. The goal is to inspire and allow the children to explore their talents and reach their full potential. Furthermore, this project has the potential to promote Armenia’s rich culture.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation and Musical Armenia websites. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Ghoghanj Nor Nork – 2023-2024 Funding​

Ghoghanj Nor Nork - 2023-2024 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.

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Region

Yerevan / Երևան

City / Village

Nor Nork / Նոր Նորք

Start Date

September 2023

End Date

August 2023
Ghoghanj Nor Nork – 2023-2024 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 2023-2024.

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 2023-2024 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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Mr. Robert Kachadoorian

Danville, CA
In Memory Of Margaret Kachadoorian December 31, 2022
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 15, 2022

Debi Arach Children’s Center 2023 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2023 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 nine 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 2024
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2023 Operating Budget
$63,000 of $82,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

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 2023 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. Lenna Bablouzian

Arlington, MA
In Memory Of Ayda Kargodorian January 25, 2023
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Mr. Morley Pitt and Mrs. Elaine Kapjian-Pitt

San Francisco, CA December 31, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Adrianus & Michelle Van Tol

North Hills, CA December 31, 2022
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Walnut Creek, CA December 31, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. George & Naomi Davitian

Parkland, FL December 30, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Steven & Katie Assarian

Grand Rapids, MI December 28, 2022
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 15, 2022
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John Mirak Foundation

Arlington, MA December 7, 2022

High-Tech Education for Children

High-Tech Education for Children

Description

Educators around the globe are aggressively promoting STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) for children in schools.  These important subjects help secure student’s futures in a world filled with high tech advances in nearly every aspect of live.  

This project aims to augment existing high tech classes including robotics, computer programming and 3-d printing  at schools and children centers across Armenia with additional hardware and educational materials aimed at familiarizing students with drone and photography technology.  Support this effort and help arm our future generations with the skills they need to succeed in our ever changing world.  

Region

All

City / Village

All

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

One Year From Start
High-Tech Education for Children
$48,000 of $55,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Students need to be armed with STEM education to compete in an every increasing high tech society.  Current STEM classes offered in most of Armenia’s schools do not include drone and photography education.  This project will help familiarize students with this technology. 

Short Term Impact

In the short term, schools and children centers will receive both hardware and appropriate instruction on drone usage, repairs and maintenance.  

Long Term Impact

In the long run, as these students are exposed to and master drone usage, they will be more confident in their abilities to utilize drones.  In addition, having this technology and classes available in schools will encourage them to pursue related tech careers and higher education. 

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 programs can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Ms. Anahid Yeremian

Menlo Park, CA January 8, 2023
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Dr. Gregory Sirounian

Garden City, NY January 7, 2023
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Ms. Anahit S. Turgman

Pasadena, CA December 31, 2022
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Taline Baltayan

Canada December 29, 2022
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Anonymous

Media, PA December 28, 2022
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Beverly Hills, CA December 28, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA December 27, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Gary & Delores Arabian

San Mateo, CA December 27, 2022
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Home Improvements for Samvel G.

Home Improvements for Samvel G.

Description

Samvel and his wife along with their four young children (3 boys and a girl) live together in the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  

Samvel has done his best to make improvements on the family home including rebuilding their bathroom and repairing the roof.  The home needs a complete cosmetic remodel including new doors and windows.  

Samvel is a retired contract soldier from the Armenian army. Several years ago, Samvel and his family were beneficiaries of The Paros Foundation’s Agribusiness project and received several pigs.  He continues to work with his pig farm on a regular basis.  He also works as a beekeeper for The Paros Foundation’s honey production effort at the local school.  Astrig, Samvel’s wife, was employed until recently as the director of the village’s kindergarten. 

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of approximately 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community remains under constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. NKA was the single most damaged Armenian village during the Azeri conflict in the 1990’s. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous conditions. In particular, 70% of their fertile land is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a beneficiary village of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. With major financial support of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family over the last 10 years, much of the village’s infrastructure has been completely rebuilt and improved including, but not limited to, its large secondary school, expanded kindergarten, medical center, emergency services building and water distribution system. In addition, several families have benefited from agribusiness and animal husbandry projects. Having funded the rebuilding of NKA’s infrastructure, the Atamian family is now focusing its attention on the reconstruction of severely damaged houses to provide decent and safe homes for deserving families in the village. 

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four months after start
Home Improvements for Samvel G.

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

The Need

Samvel’s home is in poor condition.  Due to the lack of economic opportunities in this border community, Samvel and his family cannot afford to complete renovations to their home.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, a local construction crew will be employed to renovate this home and earn a fair market wage.  Reconstruction materials will be purchased locally also to provide a benefit to the regional economy.  

Long Term Impact

In the long term, as homes in these communities are improved, local villagers will take greater pride in their communities. More importantly, Samvel and his family will live in safer and more comfortable conditions.  

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. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY December 30, 2022

Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 23

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

October 18, 2022

End Date

October 18, 2022
Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 23

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.

Be the first to become a sponsor by donating to this project

Home Improvements for Hrant A.

Home Improvements for Hrant A.

Description

Hrant and his wife along with their married son and his family all live together in the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  Seven people total live in this home, including three children under the age of six.  The home is in need of a full remodel including the addition of one bedroom to offer the children a space of their own.  

The family has a small plot of land around the house. They have a pig and a cow and some bee hives. They also have a small plot of land on the edge of the village that they use to harvest grass for use in their small barn.  

Hrant is a retired soldier from the Armenian army and lives on a pension. His son, Karen, works in Berd and also works as a beekeeper for The Paros Foundation’s honey production effort at the local school.  

Hrant’s house is in overall poor condition with their greatest need being a new roof and doors and windows. They also do not have proper heating.  This effort would not only solve these critical housing needs, but also provide this large family with a completely renovated and reconfigured home for them.

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of approximately 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community remains under constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. NKA was the single most damaged Armenian village during the Azeri conflict in the 1990’s. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous conditions. In particular, 70% of their fertile land is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a beneficiary village of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. With major financial support of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family over the last 10 years, much of the village’s infrastructure has been completely rebuilt and improved including, but not limited to, its large secondary school, expanded kindergarten, medical center, emergency services building and water distribution system. In addition, several families have benefited from agribusiness and animal husbandry projects. Having funded the rebuilding of NKA’s infrastructure, the Atamian family is now focusing its attention on the reconstruction of severely damaged houses to provide decent and safe homes for deserving families in the village. 

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four Months After Start
Home Improvements for Hrant A.

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

The Need

Hrant A.’s home is in poor condition.  Due to lack of economic opportunities in this border community, Hrant and his family cannot afford to renovate their home.  A leaky roof, poor windows and lack of proper heating create unsafe and uncomfortable conditions for his large family. 

Short Term Impact

In the short term, a local construction crew will be employed to renovate this home and earn a fair market wage.  Reconstruction materials will be purchased locally also to provide a benefit to the regional economy.  

Long Term Impact

In the long term, as homes in these communities are improved, local villagers will take greater pride in their communities. More importantly, Hrant and his family will live in safer and more comfortable conditions.  

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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Ms. Nariné Atamian

United States January 20, 2023

Wrestling Programs in Tavush

Wrestling Programs in Tavush

Description

The ARM HOF (Armenian Hall of Fame) Organization has partnered with The Paros Foundation to implement several wrestling programs at schools in Armenia’s Tavush Region.  

Wrestling programs will include installing proper wrestling mats along with other training equipment, providing coaching salary for one year, and organizing wrestling tournaments among participating schools.

During this initial phase, we hope to raise the necessary funds to launch wrestling programs at 10 schools.  To successfully launch a wrestling team at a school, the school needs some minimum equipment including mats, a climbing rope, free weights, pull up bar, practice mannequins and uniforms. This equipment can cost up to $5,000 depending on whether or not the school already has any of these items. In addition, salaries of coaching staffs can cost up to a maximum of $1,500 per year. In addition to these per school costs, to successfully sponsor a quarterly tournament, transportation for all the schools must be arranged, along with other expenses. This can cost up to a total of $500 per tournament.

Students at school throughout Armenia take a keen interest in physical fitness and wrestling in particular, but due to a lack of funding for both equipment and coaches students often cannot participate. This effort aims at building interest and the necessary support to help students accelerate in this sport an early age, just preparing them for success at future Olympic games and another international Competitions!

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Berd, Tavush

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

June 2023
Wrestling Programs in Tavush
$50,200 of $70,000 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

To promote friendly competition between neighboring schools, fitness, and the sport of wrestling, Schools must be equipped with proper equipment and coaching staff salaries. Schools in the isolated Tavush Region do not have the resources to promote wrestling at their schools and competition amongst their schools.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, wrestling materials and equipment will be purchased and installed at schools. Coaches will also be identified at each school. Students will be registered who wish to participate on these teams.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, from the competitions between neighboring schools will lead to a sense of pride in one school, better overall fitness, and add an interesting dimension to village Life. As these programs grow top athletes will be recognized across the country.

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. Dan Love

Cambridge,, MA April 30, 2022
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February 26, 2022

The first Induction event of athletes to the Armenian Hall of Fame took place today in Glendale, California.  Proceeds from this event helped benefit the first of the wrestling projects.  An amazing group of athletes attended and supported the event. 

Aquaponics Farming on the Border

Aquaponics Farming on the Border

Description

Facing the challenges of limited water, limited access to land and the challenges of weather, an aquaponic growing system for food is a perfect solution for border communities.  An Aquaponics has clear benefits over soil-based gardening including lessened, adverse environmental impacts, reduced consumption of resources, faster plant growth, and higher yields.
 
The Paros Foundation working through its Aygepar Incubator, has won a $53,000 grant from the Austrian Development Agency to install a 1,760 sq. ft. greenhouse along with a control building to house an aquaponic growing system in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  Our contribution towards this important project is an additional $15,000.  The system will be housed in a 160 square meter controlled environment greenhouse.  This fully recirculating system will be used as both a training center and as a plant production business. The system will introduce rabbit waste into a small waste processing station before being pumped into a fully aqueous media environment which converts the waste to usable nitrates.  The resulting nitrate fertilizer will be circulated through the bioreactor, into Deep Water Culture beds and Nutrient Film Technique gutters prior to their return to a waste processing station.   
 
Once completed, this system will serve as a model for the entire region.  Its training component will serve to instruct the next generation on how to benefit from and properly care for an aquaponics farming system.  
 

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar

Start Date

Spring 2022

End Date

Fall 2023
Aquaponics Farming on the Border

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

The Need

Because of a shortage of land and lack of water in the community of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, it is difficult to farm.  The introduction of an aquaponic system and training will greatly benefit this community.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the preparation and construction of the aquaponic system in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur will bring a mild economic benefit to the community as local labor and materials will be used whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the longer term, the community will benefit economically as any proceeds from the sales of the aquaponic farm will be reinvested directly in the community.  In addition, the villagers will benefit from the training they receive in this new cutting edge technology. 

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. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA November 16, 2021

Border Home Renovation-Ashot A.

Border Home Renovation-Ashot A.

Description

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is an important border village with a population of more than 1,100 residents in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. This community remains under constant risk of sniper fire and renewed armed conflict. NKA was the single most damaged Armenian village during the Azeri conflict in the 1990’s. The economy of the village and the livelihood of many of its residents have suffered due to these difficult and dangerous conditions. In particular, 70% of their fertile land is unusable because of frequent sniper attacks. Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur is a beneficiary village of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. With major financial support of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family over the last ten years, much of the village’s infrastructure has been completely rebuilt and improved including, but not limited to, its large secondary school, expanded kindergarten, medical center, emergency services building and water distribution system. In addition, several families have benefited from agribusiness and animal husbandry projects. Having funded the rebuilding of NKA’s infrastructure, the Atamian family is now focusing its attention on the reconstruction of severely damaged houses to provide decent and safe homes for deserving families in the village. Since 2012, a variety of work (ranging from $2,500 to $30,000) has taken place on more than 20 homes in the village.  

Ashot A. lives with his wife, his two sons and one of his son’s families.   A total of eight people live together.

One of Ashot’s sons works for the road police, and the other works in construction and has even worked in the past as part of the Paros work crew.  They have land which they plant a garden, they have one pig and some chickens.   Ashot’s newest grandchild was born with some physical defects.  He is missing fingers on his hand and his foot is malformed.  He is being treated with special shoes to help form his foot in Yerevan. The family is concerned with the baby’ treatment and has little funding available to make needed improvements to their home. 

Prior to the birth of the newest grandchild, Ashot had begun to do some work on their home including making roof repairs and had hopes of building the family a bathroom and new kitchen.  However, the baby’s medical problems have consumed any available funds for hospital bills. The work will include a new roof, windows, kitchen, bathroom, heating system and a complete interior remodel. This will allow the family to leave in clean, sanitary and comfortable conditions.  

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four months after start date.
Border Home Renovation-Ashot A.

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

The Need

Ashot A.’s home needs to be completely renovated to help this border family live in a clean, safe and comfortable environment.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, work will be done to renovate this home.  The local economy will benefit as materials and labor will be secured locally whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, Ashot’s family will thrive in their new home and the community as a whole will benefit as conditions in their community continue to improve.

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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Nariné Atamian

New York, NY August 22, 2022
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Nariné Atamian

New York, NY May 16, 2022