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Zorakan Village School Revitalization

Zorakan Village School Revitalization

Description

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

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

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

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

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Zokran

Start Date

May 2018

End Date

March 2020
Zorakan Village School Revitalization
$123,215 of $130,000 raised
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The Need

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

Short Term Impact

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

Long Term Impact

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

Sponsors Benefits

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

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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Linda Cirell

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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

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

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

San Francisco, CA December 17, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Joyce Kaishian

Brookfield, WI December 8, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Setrak & Anoush Maghdissian

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June 1, 2018

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

 
July 1, 2018

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

 
July 4, 2018

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

  
September 1, 2018

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

October 26, 2018

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

 
December 18, 2018

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

 
May 31, 2019

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

 
July 15, 2019

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

 
December 25, 2019

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

 
May 20, 2020

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

New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

Description

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

Region

Syunik

City / Village

Yeghvard

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Two Months for Start Date
New Windows for Yeghvard Kindergarten

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

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

United States April 23, 2021
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Mr. Jesus Gil

United States April 23, 2021
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Ms. Nare Davoodi

United States April 23, 2021
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July 28, 2021

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

 

 

Recycling on the Border 2

Recycling on the Border 2

Description

Recycling in border villages in the Tavush region is currently extremely limited; as a result, plastic and other trash often goes uncollected and liters the communities. When it is collected, the waste is often put into landfills or it is burned.

Following the success of the first Recycling on the Border project, The Paros Foundation has partnered with the Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities NGO, or ‘ISSD’ to implement their second recycling initiative in ten border villages in the Tavush region. The proposed project involves going to several schools and providing specially marked recycling bins for paper and plastic. The children will then be educated on the benefits of recycling and why it is important. Schools will be given three months to collect the recycling, when it will then be picked up and transferred to the proper recycling facilities.

Some new components have also been introduced. In order to provide incentive first and second place prizes will be given out to the schools who have collected the most paper and the most plastic at the end of the competition. The schools participating will also need to choose 5-10 students to be student ambassadors (depending on the size of the school). The model for the student ambassadors is as follows:

  • One student from each grade, starting from the 4th grade
  • The rest of the ambassadors will be from the older grades (whomever wants to participate up to 10 total ambassadors)
  • The student ambassadors’ role will be to represent their school in the recycling competition. They will make sure the other students are recycling properly, the bags are tidy and prepared correctly, etc.

In addition to the recycling competition, older students from all the schools are invited to participate in another competition where they must develop a business idea involving recycling. Students can choose to work alone or with a team to come up with new ideas involving recycling and creating a business.  The ideas will be evaluated and the best one(s) will be given funding in the form of materials/equipment needed to start the business up to 1,000 USD. Every two weeks, students will meet with ISSD representatives to discuss both the general recycling competition and the business idea competition. Winners of this competition will be brought to Yerevan on an excursion to talk with other business people and develop their winning idea.

Region

Tavush / Տավուշ

City / Village

March 1, 2021

Start Date

2021

End Date

Recycling on the Border 2
$4,076 of $5,000 raised
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The Need

Recycling in border villages in the Tavush region is currently extremely limited; as a result, plastic and other trash often goes uncollected and liters these communities.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, a three month recycling contest will be launched to build excitement about the project in ten border schools in Tavush. The schoolchildren will learn about the benefits of recycling and start making it a regular practice in both their schools and households. A modest economic benefit will be realized through this project through the employment of a driver and trainers. In addition, students will have the opportunity and guidance to come up with their own recycling based businesses.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, communities will be more informed about modern waste and waste management, and, hopefully develop the practices as a normal part of their culture. The project will involve more than 1,800 children. Additionally, those that come up with winning business ideas will be given the opportunity to make those ideas a reality and greatly impact their future and the future of recycling in Armenia.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, and in relevant press related to this important project.

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Mrs. Holly Kuykendall

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Ms. Elise Yacoubian

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Mr. & Mrs. Varujan & Biana Goncuian

Calabasas, CA March 29, 2021
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Roots in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Roots in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Description

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur (NKA) is a village located on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan. The population is around 1,000 people and the main source of economic activity revolves around the agriculture sector. Economic opportunities in border villages like NKA are extremely limited due to lack of investment and safety issues. Without these opportunities, families are forced to either find work elsewhere, or move out of the region entirely. The Tavush region sees much of it’s economic activity in the summer months when fruits and vegetables are grown. The products are then either directly sold to consumers or undergo further processing before being sold. Tavush in particular is known for its production of fruits, such as Apples, Pomegranates, Persimmon, and much more. The Paros Foundation seeks to establish a small orchard in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur (NKA). The orchard will be located on the grounds of the local school; Paros has completed extensive renovations on the campus, and as a result has developed strong, productive relationships with school administrators and community leaders. More than 800 high quality fruit trees will be planted along with a drip irrigation water system. Staff will both oversee the orchard on a regular basis and provide a living classroom experience for students at the school. Within three years, it is expected that the orchard will provide commercially viable quantities of fruit. This project will have the added benefit of encouraging the creation of other local businesses to further process the fruit and creating additional value for the marketplace. Proceeds will be reinvested into the community.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

August 2020

End Date

August 2025
Roots in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur
$22,775 of $50,000 raised
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The Need
Economic opportunities in border villages like NKA are extremely limited due to lack of investment and safety issues.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, several employees will benefit from the work in preparing the school grounds for planting 800+ fruit bearing trees. A new full time staff position at the school will be created to support both the orchard and classroom instruction.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, once this pilot project proves successful in helping improve the economics of this village, this project will be replicated in other needy communities.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on a plaque at the orchard, on The Paros Foundation website, and in all appropriate public statements. Visits to the orchard can be arranged for families visiting Armenia.
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Mr. Grant Keligian

Newport Beach, CA July 13, 2022
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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

Piedmont, CA June 21, 2022
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Mr. Grant Keligian

Newport Beach, CA June 13, 2022
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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

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November 26, 2020

With the drip irrigation system installed, staff, students and teachers joined in to plant more than 800 fruit trees.

March 18, 2021

Classroom and field based instruction began for the students at the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur Primary School. They will learn how to manage the orchard through hands-on activities. 

November 16, 2021

Students helped plant 18 new trees in place of those that needed to be replaced. 

Aygepar Business Incubator

Aygepar Business Incubator

Description

Aygepar is a village of 675 people located in Armenia’s Tavush region.  The terrain is such that Azerbaijan is surrounding this village on three sides with sniper posts in the hills above.  53 of the village’s men work as contract soldiers guarding this important border and protecting their homes.  Few other jobs exist in this village to support the 210 families that call Aygepar their home.  The village does not have much land to grow crops and/or care for animals, making agribusinesses difficult to implement.  During the Soviet Union, the village of Aygepar was built to sustain workers working at the three (now non-functioning) village factories (tobacco processing, champaign and fruit preserves and compote.)

To address the dire economic situation for Aygepar’s residents, The Paros Foundation will establish a business incubator aimed at establishing conditions to allow the start of several small businesses for local families. With proper oversight, training and guidance villages will be able to launch their businesses in sanitary conditions and take advantage of a larger marketplace. The Paros Foundation has been granted ten year usage of one of three abandoned factories for the project’s use free of charge. The Paros Foundation needs to raise a total of $75,000 to make investments in the facility and to support the launch of this important project.

The Paros Foundation will provide space to locals interested in starting their businesses rent free. In addition, Paros staff is dedicated to investigating and helping secure export opportunities for commodities and/or helping secure distribution to the marketplace.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Aygepar

Start Date

August 2020

End Date

Eight Years From Start Date
Aygepar Business Incubator
$115,960 of $125,000 raised
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The Need

The villagers in the border community of Aygepar need opportunities to work and to care for their families. The village does not have much land to grow crops and care for animals. Most survive with the small gardens they have at their homes. One of three abandoned factories in the village needs to be renovated to launch a Business Incubator to help provide rent-free space and technological knowledge for villages to start their businesses.

Short Term Impact

A construction crew will be immediately hired to make the necessary renovations to the building that will house the Aygepar Business Incubator. Local materials and labor will be utilized that will immediately benefit the local economy.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, village families will benefit from the businesses they are able to start through their work and ownership. The village as a whole will benefit through this increase in income from its residents. Based on the improved economic conditions, villagers will feel more secure and stable in Aygepar, and thus be less likely to consider abandoning their homes and moving elsewhere.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, in any appropriately related print or electronic promotional materials, and on a plaque at the Aygepar Business Incubator.

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Mr. James Fern

Georgia March 7, 2022
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Mr. James Taylor

San Leandro, CA January 31, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Alec & Anahid Gulesserian

Saratoga, CA January 30, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Noubar & Hourig Tcheurekdjian

Shaker Heights, OH January 30, 2022
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May 1, 2020

After more than a year of researching and planning, our team had made the decision to begin renovation of space and begin the process of job creation by launching the first of the many businesses envisioned at the Aygepar Business Incubator. We decided it would be much more beneficial for the community to have the opportunity to utilize quality, clean and secure space for their business, rather than promote any one specific business. Initial serious consideration was given to open a mushroom farm in the space, but due to the inability to attract technical expertise in the form of a project partner, it was determined that this is a much better path to follow.

August 12, 2020

A new roof was built and installed over one half of the building to allow us to launch the first businesses including a rabbit farm and fertilizer production.

 
December 23, 2020

Both the rabbit farm and fertilizer projection businesses were launched this month.

Artsakh Refugees in Vayots Dzor

Artsakh Refugees in Vayots Dzor

Description

On the morning of September 27th, Azerbaijan, with a population of 9 million people launched an attack on the small Christian Armenian civilian population of only 150,000 people who have lived in territory of Artsakh for thousands of years. More than 800 Armenians have been killed and more than 110,000 civilians have been displaced. Internationally banned cluster-bombs are being used against the civilian population in Artsakh. Schools, churches, hospitals and more than 2700 residential structures have been damaged and destroyed by continuing shelling of these civilian targets. Azerbaijan’s oil-rich corrupt dictator, Ilham Aliyev, has said he will not stop the attack until there are no Armenians left in Artsakh.

Funds raised through this project will be allocated 100% to assist with the massive immediate humanitarian needs of people from Artsakh who have left and taken shelter in the Vayots Dzor region of Armenia.

Region

Vayots Dzor

City / Village

Yeghegnadzor and surrounding villages

Start Date

October 2020
Artsakh Refugees in Vayots Dzor

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

The Need

Because of this attack, a massive humanitarian crisis has been created throughout Armenia and Artsakh. More than 100,000 displaced people have left their homes and belongs in Artsakh, and have fled to Armenia with only basic essentials, if anything at all.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, the Paros team will reach out and help provide refugee families staying in the Vayots Dzor region of Armenia with immediate humanitarian aid.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, families who received aid through this effort will be in a stable position to return back to their homes when the crisis is over.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in relevant press.

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Fresno, CA August 1, 2021
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Irivine, CA June 23, 2021
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CA, United States May 4, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Ara & Caline Kanbarian

Lake Hollywood, CA
In Memory Of Araxie Kasparian February 18, 2021
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Ms. Armine Naldzhyan

Tujunga, CA February 6, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Avedis & Armenouhie Markarian

Pasadena, CA
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December 14, 2020

To support the refugees staying at the camp, funds were used to offset costs relating to food and hygiene. 

May 22, 2021

Funding has also been used to support the children from Artsakh attending the Yegheknadzor Kindergarten by offsetting their tuition. The kindergarten has also hired several new employees who were displaced from Artsakh whose salaries we are helping fund.  

Emergency Relief & Reconstruction Fund – Artsakh

Emergency Relief & Reconstruction Fund - Artsakh

Description

A new axis of terror is being formed on a new front in the world—in Nagorno Karabakh or Artsakh with its historical name. On the morning of September 27th, Azerbaijan, with a population of 9 million people launched an attack on the small Christian Armenian civilian population of only 150,000 people who have lived in territory of Artsakh for thousands of years. More than 800 Armenians have been killed and more than 110,000 civilians have been displaced. Internationally banned cluster-bombs are being used against the civilian population in Artsakh. Azerbaijan is committing war crimes as they torture and kill POWs including the video recording of an Armenian soldier being beheaded and posted to social media. Schools, churches, hospitals and more than 2700 residential structures have been damaged and destroyed by continuing shelling of these civilian targets. Azerbaijan’s oil-rich corrupt dictator, Ilham Aliyev, has said he will not stop the attack until there are no Armenians left in Artsakh. Azerbaijan is doing all of this with the direct support and involvement of the Republic of Turkey, its population of 90+ million people, and its own corrupt dictator, Recep Erdogan and those countries including Israel that supply sophisticated weapon systems to Azerbaijan. Turkey, a NATO ally, is recruiting and transporting Syrian Jihadists to fight against Armenians with the goal of genocide and Turkish expansionism through the caucuses. Erdogan has stated that Turkey’s goal is to complete their ancestors’ failed attempt to exterminate the Armenian race during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Funds raised through this project will be allocated 100% to assist with the massive immediate humanitarian needs. Any funds remaining will be allocated to reconstruction efforts following a future ceasefire.

Region

Artsakh

City / Village

Artsakh

Start Date

Immediately
Emergency Relief & Reconstruction Fund – Artsakh
$1.18 million of $1.2 million raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
Because of this attack, a massive humanitarian crisis has been created throughout Armenia and Artsakh. More than 100,000 displaced people have left their homes and belongs in Artsakh, and have fled to Armenia with only basic essentials, if anything at all. Hospitals have become overwhelmed with both increasing Covid-19 patients and wounded soldiers and civilians. This coupled with the large scale mobilization of volunteers from throughout Armenia has created immediate needs for both food, medicine and basic clothing.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, the Paros team will reach out and help provide refugee families with immediate support in the form of food and financial support. Paros will work closely with Armenia’s government to help meet its immediate medical needs including medicine and hospital equipment.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, following a future ceasefire, Paros will help with the rebuilding efforts in Artsakh.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in relevant press.
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Dr. Nerses Sanossian

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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Arax Fernandes

United States July 9, 2022
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Ms. Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut

Alameda, CA July 8, 2022
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Mr. Erik Moore

Canada June 29, 2022
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Ms. Ruzanna Katabyan

CA, United States June 26, 2022
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Ms. Sofia Martyrosian

United States June 23, 2022
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Dr. Nerses Sanossian

South Pasadena, CA June 21, 2022
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October 17, 2020

These are some of the faces of the humanitarian crises in Artsakh. Yesterday the Paros team visited two families that have been displaced from Artsakh because of the Azeri attack to provide them with some financial support, staples and some toys for the children. Paros will continue supporting these and other families throughout this crisis.

 
October 25, 2020

Today the Paros team has launched #HeatForOurHeroes. Our goal is to supply a minimum of 1,000 warm winter coats to our brothers and sisters in Hayastan.

 
November 5, 2020
Thanks to all who supported our #HeatForOurHeroes effort, we are proud to report that 600 warm winter coats and 200 warm pants have already arrived in Armenia. Another batch of 600 coats will be arriving within the next two weeks.
November 9, 2020

Thanks to our amazing donors, we were able to help meet the Ministry of Health's immediate need with the purchase and air shipment of 7 Electro Surgical Units to Armenia. These units will be distributed to hospitals and be put to immediate use. $17,000 was allocated to for these units, their supplies and air freight.

 
November 11, 2020

Thanks to several amazing donors, we have launched a matching challenge grant to raise a total of $400,000 for the Relief, Resettlement and Reconstruction effort. These funds will be used to help refugees displaced because of the war or peace agreement, resettle in Armenia and Artsakh.

 
November 12, 2020

160 heater/cookers were purchased in Armenia, filled with natural gas, and distributed for use by the military and refugees. 100 heaters were provided to the Defense Ministry for use in the field. The other 60 were provided to refugee families from Artsakh through a coordinated effort with the Ministry of Social and Labor Issues. $1,920 was allocated for the purchase of these heater cookers.

 
November 13, 2020

We LOVE partnerships. Our friends at Focus on Children Now asked for our support and involvement to help fund and install a heating system at the Arevik Hotel at Lake Sevan that will soon be housing 300 displaced people from Artsakh. FOCN and Paros are each contributing up to $5,000 for this important project.

 
November 30, 2020

Your matching donations have helped Nelli -a sniper, lawyer, single-mother- and her 3 year old daughter pay their rent while she looks for a new job. Nelli volunteered in the Four-Day War in 2016 and received a shrapnel wound to the leg. On September 27th, she once again bravely went to fight for her country for the past 2.5 months. We admire Nelli's strength and bravery and thank her for her service.

 
December 2, 2020

Today we launched The Paros Foundation’s Resettlement Program, which will take a comprehensive approach to refugee resettlement including thoroughly screening families, securing them permanent homes in Armenia (including renovation and furnishings), and engaging the families in appropriate economic activities to help them provide for themselves. Our goal is to help these families so they can successfully stay in Armenia.

 
December 13, 2020

Dr. Haig left the fighting in Syria several years ago and moved along with his three daughters to Ishkhanadzor, Artsakh. There, he was working in the village medical center and tending to his cows and pomegranate orchard. When the war broke out, Haig was forced to evacuate and try and move his cows when the Azeris overran Ishkhanadzor. He made it to Berdzor, where our staff rented trucks to move his cows to a temporary barn we found for him in the village of Nor Geghi, one of our beneficiary villages near Yerevan. Haig's cows and a newborn calf are safe and Haig and his daughters are now in Yerevan. This family joins thousands of other families who now need to be resettled in Armenia. Join us and help our resettlement fundraising efforts to help Dr. Haig’s family and so many more like them.

 
December 15, 2020

Most recently we were able to purchase three three high quality winter tents for use by our volunteer defenders along the new borders as winter sets in. These tents cost a total of $5,250 and were completely funded by your donations to our Emergency Relief Fund for Artsakh. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this happen.

Nor Geghi Kindergarten Expansion

Nor Geghi Kindergarten Expansion

Description

Nor Geghi is a village in the Kotayk Province of Armenia, located around 22 km north of the capital Yerevan, near the town of Nor Hachen. The village has a population of about 5,000 residents.

Beginning in 2015, several portions of the Nor Geghi kindergarten has been renovated including two restrooms, a large multipurpose room and an additional classroom and sleeping space for a second group of children.  Much of this work was completed through the efforts of The Paros Foundation with the support of the Nor Keghi Association of Detroit, MI and those families who descended from the historic village of Keghi.

The village once again has a need to expand the kindergarten’s capacity by adding an addition 30 children.  A large space on the second floor has been identified that will accommodate this new group of children. The scope of work will include the proper configuring of the space to accommodate a new classroom, playroom, kitchenette and bathroom.  In addition, the kindergarten needs to have its kitchen renovated and its entrance reconfigured.  This will work include the installation of new flooring, new electrical, new plumbing and the completion of the heating system.  The village administration is ready to assist with labor, furniture and other resources to help realize this important project.

Region

Kotayk

City / Village

Nor Geghi

Start Date

February 2020

End Date

May 2020
Nor Geghi Kindergarten Expansion
$17,550 of $22,000 raised
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The Need

The number of young children in the village of Nor Geghi has increased and the existing kindergarten must be expanded to accommodate a new group of children.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, 30 new children will be accepted into the kindergarten, allowing them to receive the benefits of early education. In addition, three new employees will be hired to work at the kindergarten.

Long Term Impact

In the longer term, hundreds of children will benefit from early education. Families will also benefit from having their children accepted into kindergarten.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this important project will be listed on a plaque installed at the kindergarten, on The Paros Foundation website, and in relevant press related to this important project.

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Nor Keghi Association

Dearborn, MI December 23, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Theresa Saval

Romulus, MI
In Honor Of Mary Oakleys birthday November 8, 2019

Emergency Reconstruction Fund

Emergency Reconstruction Fund

Description

In immediate response to the renewed Azeri attacks on civilian populations in the Berd Consolidated Communities of Armenia’s Tavush Region, The Paros Foundation launched an Emergency Reconstruction Fund. Funds raised will be immediately deployed to repair the most severely damaged homes shelled in this recent Azeri attack. Azerbaijan has once again targeted the civilian population in villages along the Armenian border. Many homes in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar and Chinari received varying degrees of damage. Our goal is to quickly deploy our work crews in the area to not only repair the damage but make improvements to these families’ homes. On July 12, during the midst of the global pandemic surrounding Covid-19, Azerbaijan renewed its attack on Armenia in violation of the ceasefire agreement. Over the next two days, Azerbaijan launched artillery of various calibers at the Armenian civilian populations of several communities within Berd Consolidated Communities of Armenia’s Tavush Region. Families in these villages have experienced material losses on their homes and property. Thankfully, villagers remain safe and there has been no civilian loss of life during this period. While the Armenian government has already visited many to assist, The Paros Foundation’s Emergency Reconstruction Fund will work to not only make repairs to these damaged homes, but, will make substantial improvements for them. The best way for our compatriots to know the diaspora stands with them during this tense time is for us to not slow our work in this area, but to accelerate it by supporting these improvements within their communities. As of July 15, 2020, four Armenian soldiers were killed during the fighting and several have been wounded including one in critical condition. The Armenian army has shot down 10 Azeri combat drones, including a Elbit Hermes 900 UAV with an estimated $30 million price tag. Moreover, two strategic Azeri military posts are now under Armenian control. While the military losses on the Azeri side are reported to be substantial including the death of an Azeri general, Baku was the site of large protests by thousands of Azeris last night calling for war with Armenia.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar, Chinari

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Six months from start date
Emergency Reconstruction Fund
$190,223 of $225,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Several homes in these frontier communities were damaged to varying degrees and need immediate repair. Villagers need to know that the diaspora stands with them in this time of need.

Short Term Impact

As funding becomes available, homes with the greatest need for repairs will be addressed in a priority manner. Reconstruction materials will be purchased locally and the work will be completed with local labor crews.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, homes in these communities will be improved beyond their previous condition. In addition, quickly removing these scars of war will improve villager’s attitudes and moral, which is equally as important as their living 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. Kristen Bagdasarian

MI, United States July 22, 2022
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Mr. Jacob Barnes

United States July 20, 2022
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Ms. Ani Astabattsyan

Germany June 28, 2022
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Ms. Meghrie Babikian

IL, United States June 23, 2022
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Ms. Kristen Bagdasarian

MI, United States June 22, 2022
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Mr. Haig Balian

United States June 11, 2022
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Ms. Ani Astabattsyan

Germany May 28, 2022
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Updates: Images & Information

July 15, 2020

A video shows the protests in Baku calling on a resumption of war with Armenia.

July 16, 2020

The kindergarten in the village of Aygepar was hit by Azeri artillery this morning. We had finished the complete renovation of this kindergarten in 2018 and will assess the damage and rebuild again as soon as possible! We build, they destroy!

 
July 21, 2020

Members of The Paros Foundation team joined Tavush Governor Hayk Chobanyan, Berd Consolidated Communities head Harutyun Manucharyan, representatives of the Prime Minister's office, and local village representatives to visit the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar and Chinari communities to assess the damage and to strategize and coordinate the next steps forward.

August 15, 2020

The Paros Foundation committed today to rebuild a 24 unit apartment building that was damaged from both the war in the 90s and the Azeri attack last month.  The budget for this work is approximately $220,000 which will include the complete renovation of any apartment that is occupied, plus the renovation of doors, windows, the hallway and facade of the entire building, and structural work to the building's balconies.  

February 20, 2022

Renovations to 15 apartments that are currently occupied with residents have been completed.  The residents of this building are very pleased with the work.  The rear balconies that were struck by Azeri bombs have been demolished and the access to them blocked closed.  

March 1, 2022

The Paros team is ready to begin working on the common stairwells and the building's facade as soon as funding is available.  We need $50,000 to complete this important work.

Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2020-2021 Funding

Ghoghanj Nor Nork - 2020-2021 Funding

Description

The Ghoghanj Children’s Center located in the Kentron of Yerevan provides afterschool and summer school programs for approximately 60 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 2020

End Date

August 2021
Ghoghanj Nor Nork 2020-2021 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 2020-2021.

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 2020-2021 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 3, 2019