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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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Purchase a Home 28 – Tonoyan Family

Purchase a Home 28 - Tonoyan Family

Description

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, tens of 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, or in condemned buildings. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat. The Armenian government has provided most of the families that lost their homes in the Earthquake with new housing units.

As people moved out of those makeshift housing units, others moved in. The 2,500 or so families that remain are Gyumri’s desolate families, who are not in line to receive a government provided apartment. Many of these families are comprised of single mothers, multiple children and/or the disabled.

This project will identify suitable needy families who can be moved into a new apartment and can demonstrate that they can afford their monthly utilities, etc. This is a sustainable model in that families that have been moved into permanent housing in the past have had a high degree of success maintaining their families and their new homes.

Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Two months after start date
Purchase a Home 28 – Tonoyan Family

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

The Need

2,500 families live in the city of Gyumri in temporary, make shift housing. These units are neither safe nor sanitary. These families and their children need a normal apartment in which to live

Short Term Impact

Immediately a family will be identified and an appropriate apartment purchased for them. The make shift housing unit which they currently occupy will be destroyed.

Long Term Impact

In addition to this family and their improved mental state changing through the fact that they will be living in a normal housing situation, the city of Gyumri itself will improve with the removal of these make shift housing units.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website.

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Mr. Robert Haig

La Jolla, CA December 17, 2021

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

July 2020
Groceries for Gyumri 2022-2023
$3,700 of $8,000 raised
$
Personal Info

Dedicate this Donation

Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

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.

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

New York, NY December 7, 2021
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Ms. Gale Valentini

Petaluma, CA October 12, 2020

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

Immediately

End Date

Four months after start
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

Arcadia, 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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Municipality of Yerevan

Armenia January 7, 2022
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Anonymous

West Hills, CA December 22, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Pamela Avedisian

Lexington, MA December 15, 2021
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John Mirak Foundation

Arlington, MA December 13, 2021

Heat for Choratan School

Heat for Choratan School

Description

Choratan is a village of 900 residents located in the Berd Consolidated Community within Armenia’s Tavush Region.  Choratan is located in an isolated section along the Armenian border with Azerbaijan.  

Through the support of FAR, a new heating system was installed throughout the school including new boilers, pipes and radiators, however the main gas connection to the school was not installed.  The Paros Foundation received a request from the Governor’s office in Tavush to help fund the installation of the gas pipeline to the school in Choratan.  

 

Once funded, the gas company will install a new gas connection to this remote village school to enable the heating system to operate.  In addition, this will allow the school to stop burning wood to keep the classrooms heated.  It is expected that it will take one month from the time of funding to complete the work.

 

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Choratan

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

February 2022
Heat for Choratan School

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

The Need

The Choratan village school has a new heating system installed in the school, but is not operational because of the large expense to connect it to the village’s gas system.  The school is forced currently to continue to burn wood to try and heat the classrooms. 

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the gas company will connect the school’s system to the village’s gas infrastructure.  This will allow the school’s heating system to operate much more efficiently and save money while creating a much more comfortable environment for student and staff. 

Long Term Impact

In the long term, students and staff will benefit from healthier school conditions and cost savings from the new heating system. 

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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Dr. & Mrs. Hovsep & Hilda Fidanian

Glendale, CA December 30, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Donald & Lisa Manoogian

Danville, CA December 30, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Abraham & Mary Aghoian

Altadena, CA December 30, 2021
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Ms. Mary Zoryan

Encino, CA December 30, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Robert Aram & Marianne Kaloosdian

Belmont, MA December 30, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. John & Linda Kapigian

Somis, CA December 29, 2021
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Water for Verin Tsakhkavan

Water for Verin Tsakhkavan

Description

Verin Tsakhavan is a village in Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region. It is home to more than 900 residents. To help provide drinking water to the village, their main water supply was augmented with an additional supply via pump.  This has caused increased pressure in the main distribution pipe to the village and is causing the existing pipe to continuously burst in several places.  The pipe needs to be replaced along a 200 meter section to fix this situation and provide water to the community.  

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Verin Tsakhavan

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

February 2022
Water for Verin Tsakhkavan

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

The Need

A 200 meter section of main pipe to the village of Verin Tsakhavan cannot withstand the increased pressure to deliver water to the residents.  To remedy this situation, this pipe must be replaced with a higher pressure pipe.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the residents will benefit from a steady supply of water in their community.  

Long Term Impact

In the long term, residents will not only benefit from a steady water supply, but also become more secure in knowing that their families will benefit from normal infrastructure in this important community so close to the border. 

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. Jayne Kranjec

Jenkintown, PA December 27, 2021
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Dr. Ernest Barsamian & Mrs. Sonig Kradjian

Boca Raton, FL December 27, 2021
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Mr. Ardashes Gourdikian

Sierra Madre, CA December 23, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Vahe & Peggy Ishkhanian

Northridge, CA December 23, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas & Sarah Hacopian

Glendale, CA December 22, 2021
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Ms. Marina Barsumian

Northridge, CA December 21, 2021
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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

Redondo Beach, CA May 25, 2022
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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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Ms. Meghrie Babikian

IL, United States September 17, 2021
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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

Immediately

End Date

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

San Ramon, CA
In Honor Of Yn. Annie Ash May 7, 2022
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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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Mr. Gerard Rutteman

Netherlands
In Honor Of Desmond Tutu December 28, 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!

Purchase a Home 27

Purchase a Home 27

Description

Following the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, tens of 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, or in condemned buildings. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat. The Armenian government has provided most of the families that lost their homes in the Earthquake with new housing units.

As people moved out of those makeshift housing units, others moved in. The 2,500 or so families that remain are Gyumri’s desolate families, who are not in line to receive a government provided apartment. Many of these families are comprised of single mothers, multiple children and/or the disabled.

This project will identify suitable needy families who can be moved into a new apartment and can demonstrate that they can afford their monthly utilities, etc. This is a sustainable model in that families that have been moved into permanent housing in the past have had a high degree of success maintaining their families and their new homes.

Once the move is complete, the make shift housing unit will be destroyed to prevent its future occupancy.

 

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Two months after start date
Purchase a Home 27
$13,475 of $25,000 raised
$
Personal Info

Dedicate this Donation

Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

2,500 families live in the city of Gyumri in temporary, make shift housing. These units are neither safe nor sanitary. These families and their children need a normal apartment in which to live

Short Term Impact

Immediately a family will be identified and an appropriate apartment purchased for them. The make shift housing unit which they currently occupy will be destroyed.

Long Term Impact

In addition to this family and their improved mental state changing through the fact that they will be living in a normal housing situation, the city of Gyumri itself will improve with the removal of these make shift housing units.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on The Paros Foundation website.

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Anonymous

Switzerland July 12, 2022
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Manhattan Beach, CA June 12, 2022
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Switzerland June 12, 2022
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Anonymous

Switzerland June 7, 2022
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Anonymous

Switzerland May 12, 2022
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Gregory Dadourian

Manhasset, NY April 20, 2022
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Anonymous

Switzerland April 7, 2022
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