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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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Artsakh Refugee Support Fund

Artsakh Refugee Support Fund

Description

Armenians living in Artsakh last week woke up to the Azeris again attacking their ancestral homeland.  This time their goal was the complete surrender and ethnic cleansing of the entirety of Artsakh.  

The mass exodus from Artsakh has begun, and while the fate of our brothers and sisters there remains uncertain, one thing for sure is that thousands of refugees are arriving in Armenia in need of food, shelter and basic necessities.  This humanitarian crisis has begun.  

To assist, and based on our experience from the refugee crisis during and after the 2020 War, The Paros Foundation is launching the Artsakh Refugee Support Fund to assist refugees coming to Armenia with basic humanitarian needs including food, medicine, clothing, and shelter.  

Our main goal is to begin assessing housing needs and re-home refugees into permanent homes as quickly as possible and as funding provides.  Our team will work closely with our contacts throughout the country to help find communities and homes available as well as provide immediate humanitarian support for refugees.  

Region

All

City / Village

All

Start Date

September, 2023

End Date

One Year From Start
Artsakh Refugee Support Fund
$858,700 of $950,000 raised
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Armenian refugees driven from their homes in Artsakh have already begun arriving into Armenia in the thousands.  This people will need food, shelter, clothing, medicine and other immediate humanitarian support.  The Armenian government is not able to immediately help these people, nor are there any international organizations prepared and willing to support this effort.  

Short Term Impact

As refugee families begin arriving in Armenia, we will help provide as many as possible with short term humanitarian support.  All forms of support provided will benefit the local Armenian economy.

Long Term Impact

In the long term,  The Paros Foundation will again support these families re-homing needs as we did following the 2020 war.  Homes in communities outside of Yerevan will be purchased and renovated and given to refugee families.  This work will be done with local materials and labor and thus have a significant impact on the local economy.

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. Joseph O'Connell

Arlington Heights, IL
In Memory Of Sheila & Edward O'Connell May 11, 2024
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St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church Women's Guild

Wynnewood, PA May 10, 2024
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Arax Fernandes

United States May 9, 2024
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Mr. Samuel Metz

Germany
In Honor Of Jesus Christ May 7, 2024
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Mr. & Mrs. Sevag & Sarah Alexanian

Altadena, CA
May 6, 2024
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Ms. Lara Khosrovian

Tujunga, CA
May 3, 2024
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Mr. & Mrs. Donald & Lisa Manoogian

Danville, CA
May 2, 2024
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Mr. James Yogurtian

Huntington Beach, CA
In Memory Of Roupen, Anna, George & Harry Yogurtian May 2, 2024
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Mr. Erik Moore

Canada April 29, 2024
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October 26, 2023

The Paros team has distributed firewood to now 20 families from Artsakh who have taken refuge. It will be used for both heating and cooking.

October 31, 2023

Paros Staff and JOURNEY Through Armenia Participants all gather together to distribute shoes to women who are refugees from the Artsakh in preparation for the cold winter months lying ahead. The shoes are donated from the company Zadur Shoes. They gave a grand total of 500 pairs of winter boots.

November 5, 2023
After much consideration, we will be focusing on providing permanent housing for displaced Artsakh families. We will be resettling families in the Vardenis, Berd, and Kapan areas.
December 1, 2023

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have raised enough funds to purchase 26 homes for displaced families. Our team is actively engaged in this process -- more updates coming soon!

Khndzoresk Kindergarten Renovation

Khndzoresk Kindergarten Renovation

Description

More than 2,000 residents call the ancient village of Khndzoresk their home.  This large village on the border with Azerbaijan has a rich history and is known for its beautiful canyon and cave dwellings. 

The village’s large kindergarten currently is operating with three groups of children (75 in total) and has a waiting list of an additional 30 children who would like to attend, but cannot do to the conditions within parts of the building.

Over the years, parts of the kindergarten have been renovated and operating.  However, the roof over two parts of the kindergarten needs to be replaced and the entire facility does not have proper heating and is currently heated in the cold winter months with ineffective electric heaters.  In addition, one complete wing of the kindergarten encompassing a classroom, sleeping room and bathroom needs to be renovated to expand the number of children attending.  The balance of the kindergarten needs to have a cosmetic renovation throughout.  

Region

Syunik

Start Date

March 2024

City / Village

Khndzoresk

End Date

Four months from start
Khndzoresk Kindergarten Renovation
$62,900 of $120,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

The large village of Khndzoresk has children that cannot attend kindergarten because of the current conditions within the building.  This negatively effects both the children and their families.  In addition, the current facility does not have proper heating and is not protected against rainy weather. 

Short Term Impact

Work at the kindergarten in Khdzoresk will begin as soon as funding is available with the roof and balance of windows that need to be replaced.  Once the exterior of the building is sealed, work will begin on the inside of the facility.  This will immediately create several part time jobs and have a boost for the local economy as all materials will be purchased locally. 

Long Term Impact

In the long term, once construction is completed, three new full time jobs will be created with the expansion of the kindergarten.  In addition, 25 new children and their families will benefit from the fact that they will be able to attend kindergarten in a safe and comfortable surroundings.

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 the kindergarten in Khndzoresk can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Ms. Adrienne Krikorian

Calabasas, CA April 22, 2024
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Mr. Diran Depanian

Los Angeles, CA
April 5, 2024
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Ms. Adrienne Krikorian

Calabasas, CA March 21, 2024
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Ms. Adrienne Krikorian

Calabasas, CA February 14, 2024
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Ms. Carol Azizian

Rochester Hills, MI
December 28, 2023
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Oakland, CA
October 22, 2023
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Ms. Azaduhi Gambaryan

United States
In Memory Of Berjoohi Chamkartanian September 9, 2023
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Ms. Roza Aivazova

United States
In Memory Of Berjoohi Chamkartanian September 9, 2023
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March 3, 2024

Today, renovations on the Khndzoresk Kindergarten began. The crew removed old roofing and is ready to continue renovations.

Armenia Honey Project

Armenia Honey Project

Description

Economic opportunities for rural Armenian communities are scarce.   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 pig 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 successfully launched a high quality honey production just outside of the village of Verin Tsakhavan and later, in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region with 200 bee hives.  This was all done with the generous support of Dr. & Mrs. Gary and Linda Assarian (MI-USA).  

Now the goal is to expand this production adding 50 more bee hives into a new community.  This will both add to the commercially viable quantities of high-altitude, raw honey, and will lead to expanded job creation and opportunities in the market place. All components of this important project are manufactured locally in the Armenian market including the hives, bee families, wax starter sheets and concrete block stands.  Even the glass jars for sale are manufactured in Armenia!

In addition to this projects job creating and economic benefits, as with the hives in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, these new hives will serve as an educational curriculum for students at the school in the new village that is ultimately selected.  This living classroom approach has proved very successful to date.

One complete hive and bee colony costs $300. 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.

Region

Various

City / Village

Various

Start Date

October 2023

End Date

Armenia Honey Project
$24,100 of $25,000 raised
$
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

To help combat limited economic opportunities in rural 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 and help educate rural village children in the process of beekeeping, 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 new beehives in the spring. This will effect the hive producers, bee colony farmers, block producers and create addition jobs for bee keepers and teachers at the local school.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, expanded honey production will create commercially viable quantities of honey both for local consumption and export. As children at the school take interest in and gain beekeeping skills, they too will consider establishing hives for their own family’s use. 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 $300 to “sponsor a hive” will receive a jar of honey from the 2022 harvest. In addition, all sponsors are listed on The Paros Foundation website. Visits to the honey field can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Dean Pastras & Deborah Bajakian

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March 31, 2024
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Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Lori Garabedian & Family

Dove Canyon, CA
December 28, 2023
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Mr. Kevin Cerrone & Ms. Christine Lagana

Smithtown, NY December 27, 2023
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Mr. Sarkis H. Alanjian & Mrs. Arusyak Balikyan

Irvine, CA
November 12, 2023
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda Assarian Family Foundation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
June 13, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Assadour & Lena Kizirian

Redondo Beach, CA
In Honor Of Nvair Demirjian Tatoulian April 20, 2023
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Armenian Renaissance Association

Walled Lake, MI April 17, 2023
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Huntington Beach, CA
April 11, 2023
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Komitas Conservatory Student Scholarships

Komitas Conservatory Student Scholarships

Description

The Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul has created a scholarship fund in memory of one if its founding members, Mr. Shahen Kavafian.

Mr. Kavafian was born on August 24, 1933 in Istanbul, Turkey, where he received his primary education.  He graduated from Robert College in Istanbul and then moved to the United States to further his education. He received a master’s degree in engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in metro Detroit.  He worked at Detroit Edison for the entirety of his professional career.  

In 1964, he became one of the founding members of the Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul, an organization which helps promote Armenian cultural and educational programs.  Mr. Kavafian shared a love of music and the arts with his mother, who was an accomplished pianist.  

When Mr. Kavafian passed away on April 20, 2019, he left a generous contribution to the Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul.  To honor his memory, a music scholarship fund has been created to support student’s attending the Komitas Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia.  

Students wishing to apply for this scholarship may do so through the Komitas Conservatory.

 

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Yerevan

Start Date

2023

End Date

2024
Komitas Conservatory Student Scholarships
$5,000 of $10,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Students who wish to pursue studies at the Komitas Conservatory often have financial difficulties meeting their tuition requirements.  The government of Armenia does offer some tuition assistance to students in need, however they cannot meet the needs of all of the students.  

Short Term Impact

In the short term, students who are in financial need will be able to continue their musical education with the support of these scholarships. 

Long Term Impact

In the long term, Armenia’s rich cultural and heritage will be promoted through these students pursuit of the arts.

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 the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Ms. Marine Aarakelians

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Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul

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June 7, 2023

At the Komitas Conservatory, six scholarships have been awarded to bright young musicians  that were in need of financial aid to continue their academic studies in 2023. 

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 andchildren 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
$6,117 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.

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Mr. Ovsep Akopchikyan

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Ms. Agunik Sarksyan

United States December 27, 2023
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Mr. Armen Khachatryan

United States December 25, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Hovsep & Elizabeth Hajibekyan

Glendale, CA December 18, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Hovik & Lusine Gabrielyan

West Hills, CA December 13, 2023
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Ms. Azatuhi Hajibekyan

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February 22, 2024

With consistent funding, the children are continuing their music education. At the Orran Center, the children are improving on their dhol and guitar skills. The children attending classes at the Andreasyan School of Music are continuing to learning new skills in their private lessons.

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 2024
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

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Dadourian Foundation

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January 26, 2023

Children from both the Kentron and the Nor Nork locations of the Ghoghanj Children's Center attended the Armath Engineering Event in Yerevan.  

June 20, 2023

Med-Aid 2023 visits the Ghoghanj Nor Nork Children's Center to give free medical exams to the children.

December 27, 2023

The Ghoghanj Nor Nork Children's Center celebrate Christas with performances, awards, and Christmas snacks. 

January 19, 2024

Children of displaced Artsakh families are welcomed to Ghoghanj Nor Nork Children's Center for the launch of the We are the guardians of Artsakh's culture program. The program includes classes on folk dance, history, excursions, embroidery, and choir lessons. 

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

October 2023

End Date

One Year From Start
High-Tech Education for Children
$81,022 of $90,000 raised
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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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Mr. & Dr. Peter & Houry Abajian

Beverly Hills, CA April 30, 2024
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Armenian Students Association at UCLA

Los Angeles, CA January 27, 2024
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Mr. Richard Alonso & Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Manhasset, NY
November 29, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Lauren Mushegain

Pasadena, CA October 17, 2023
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Dr. & Mrs. George & Gail Kodokian (Gudukian)

Kennett Square, PA
In Memory Of Krikor & Sirvart Gudukian August 26, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Jirair & Aline Christianian

Boulder, CO August 7, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. John & Beth Hamparian

Inverness, IL
February 22, 2023
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February 4, 2023

Our Paros team visited the Armat Odum Lab at a school in Vardenis where students take STEM courses. With appropriate funds raised, we hope to give them a drone to increase their STEM knowledge. 

March 2, 2023

About a month later the Armat Odum Lab at a school in Vardenis was given a drone. With the help of our donors, we are excited to donate many more drones to schools in Armenia. 

March 23, 2023

As part of the High-Tech Education program a guest speaker and a drone operator visited the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur School to show the children more about the abilities and usage of drones. 

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 July 1, 2023
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY May 6, 2023
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY April 2, 2023

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

Description

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

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

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

Region

Ararat

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

October 28, 2022

End Date

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 22

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

The Need
Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit these children regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.
Short Term Impact
The short-term impact of this project will be the employment of a bus driver, money being spent in Armenia’s local economy and most important the education and social benefits for 20 children with developmental disabilities.
Long Term Impact
This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to the Kharpert Home for Special Children will be recognized at the Center and 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 Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.
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Mrs. Nyire Melconian

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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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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

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Updates: Images & Information

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. 

October 30, 2023

In the Tavush region, 110 kids from 7 different villages and towns, including participants from Artsakh, competed in a wrestling competition that was held for the first time in five years. This is the culmination of months of intramural wrestling support funded through the generosity of the Armenian Sports Hall of Fame via the Paros Foundation including coaches, equipment and training.