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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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Aquaponics Farming on the Border

Aquaponics Farming on the Border

Description

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

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar

Start Date

Spring 2022

End Date

Aquaponics Farming on the Border
$15,020 of $17,500 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

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

Short Term Impact

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

Long Term Impact

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

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website and in all press related to this project. Visits to these communities can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.

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Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Mary Goshtigian

Hermosa Beach, CA November 16, 2021

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November 15, 2022

Construction on the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur aquaponics greenhouse begins. 

April 27, 2023

Greenhouse construction is finished, officially launching the aquaponics program. We look forward to  planting the first batch of plants and presenting this asset to the community!  

May 12, 2023

Two greenhouse employees will maintain the greenhouse and teach classes to locals and students. Today they plant strawberries and tomatoes.

June 23, 2023

The Ponics Greenhouse and Education Center is open! A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with donors Patrick & Mary Goshtigian present who generously supported the project. This resource will benefit the community for years to come because the lack of water and land make it difficult to farm in the border village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.

September 10, 2024

Regular classes for students at the school began today. 

January 20, 2024

Gas pipelines are added to the greenhouse so that it can fully operate in the winter months.

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

Classroom Renovation – The Levon Bosnoyan Chess Room

Classroom Renovation - The Levon Bosnoyan Chess Room

Description

The Bosnoyan Family has generously decided to give back to Armenia while memorializing their beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, Levon Bosnoyan. In lieu of flowers, they have decided to adopt a very special classroom in Vanadzor (Kirovakan), Levon’s birthplace. One of Levon’s favorite pastimes was playing chess. It is the family’s hope that by renovating a chess classroom in Levon’s name, they will help give children the opportunity to appreciate the game, just as he did. 

Sponsorship of this project will help raise the funding needed to renovate a chess classroom in a school in Vanadzor. 

Region

Lori

City / Village

Vanadzor

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Classroom Renovation – The Levon Bosnoyan Chess Room
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Many school’s throughout Armenia are in need of renovations. This project will specifically help renovate a classroom dedicated to chess in a school in Vanadzor, Armenia. 

Short Term Impact

As funding becomes available, a classroom dedicated to teaching chess will be renovated. Renovations will include new paint and flooring if necessary, new furniture and equipment needed to facilitate chess classes. 

Long Term Impact

In the long term, children will have the opportunity to expand their educational experience through chess classes in a new and fully equipped chess classroom.  

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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Parseghian Family

Glendale, CA November 2, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Darren & Aida Eminian

Los Angeles, CA
In Memory Of Levon Bosnoyan August 8, 2022
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Anonymous

La Crescenta, CA June 27, 2022
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Ms. Lida Gyulbudakyan

La Crescenta, US
For The Birthday Of Dro Andonian March 4, 2022
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Ms. Monica Papazian

North Hollywood, CA February 6, 2022
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Sunland, CA January 20, 2022
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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
$14,995 of $25,000 raised
$
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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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Ms. Sandra Riley

Ashburn, VA
March 13, 2024
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Mr. Edward Tomassian

Glendale, CA
February 16, 2024
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Anonymous

Switzerland January 7, 2024
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Anonymous

Glendale, CA January 4, 2024
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Anonymous

Switzerland December 12, 2023
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Anonymous

Switzerland December 7, 2023
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Anonymous

Switzerland November 12, 2023
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Switzerland November 7, 2023
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Mobile Dental Clinic 2022/2023

Mobile Dental Clinic 2022/23

Description

The Armenian Dental Society of California has partnered with The Paros Foundation in order to help revive its mobile dental clinic and help bring dental care for poverty stricken communities in Armenia. Dental hygiene is commonly overlooked in many of these communities due to several reasons. Dental supplies and dental care are either very hard to find or too expensive for residents in these villages to afford.

To date, the Mobile Dental Clinic has served over 100,000 patients. Drs. Gary Kevorkian and Jack Bayramyan have taken the lead to help secure funding for the clinic. Sponsorship of this project will help raise the funds needed to keep the mobile clinic in operation. The clinic has two dentists, a nurse, a driver on staff who travel along with the mobile clinic and provide dental care for village residents. Dentists from the US have the opportunity to join the two local dentists on a volunteer basis. $2,700 will help keep the mobile clinic working for one month. Dental care provided by the mobile clinic will include basic child oral care and education, cleanings, fillings and other basic care.

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

Throughout Armenia

Start Date

January 2022

End Date

December 2023
Mobile Dental Clinic 2022/2023
$55,495 of $65,000 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

Dental supplies and dental clinics are very hard to find or too expensive for residents living in Armenia’s remote and/or poverty stricken villages. This can cause a lifetime of dental problems and oral disease. Residents living in these areas are in need of dental care in order to be able to prevent serious dental issues in the future.

Short Term Impact

Residents of remote and poverty stricken villages will be visited by the mobile dental clinic and receive basic dental care. In addition, two dentists from Armenia will be hired to work alongside volunteer dentists from the United States.

Long Term Impact

Residents of remote and poverty stricken villages will have a decreased chance of tooth decay and serious oral issues in their future.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to sponsor the Mobile Dental Clinic will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website and in all appropriate press related to this important project.

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Mr. Diran Depanian

Los Angeles, CA
December 8, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Stephan & Kristina Findikyan

Pelham, NY
September 29, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Karnig & Sandukht Mikaelian

Livermore, CA
September 15, 2023
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Ms. Marine Aarakelians

San Bruno, CA August 22, 2023
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Dr. Carmen Ohanian

Glendale, CA
August 21, 2023
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Ms. Linda Azarian

New York, NY
August 19, 2023
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Mr. Philip Donian

San Francisco, CA
In Honor Of Leo Donian August 18, 2023
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Meline Sirounian & Family

Altadena, CA August 18, 2023
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Ms. Tara Petrosian-Lovitt

Los Angeles, CA
In Memory Of Rita Khatchatourian August 18, 2023
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Arax Mansourian & Shahen Hairapetian

San Marino, CA August 17, 2023
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Livermore, CA August 17, 2023
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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
$23,906 of $50,000 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

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. Christopher Kibarian

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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

Piedmont, CA December 21, 2022
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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

Piedmont, CA November 21, 2022
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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

Piedmont, CA October 21, 2022
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Mr. Christopher Kibarian

Piedmont, CA September 21, 2022
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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. 

July 29, 2021

The Paros team visited the school orchard today. We were delighted to find that the trees were giving fruit and in full bloom getting ready for fall. 

March 28, 2023

A sign thanking our sponsors is added for providing this school with an orchard.

June 13, 2023

For a second season in a row, the orchard is providing fruit for the Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur Primary School. The cherries are ready to be picked and we are excited to have a full crop in 2024.

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

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

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. Dikran Samourkashian

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Mr. & Mrs. Mihran & Nancy Berejikian

Sacramento, CA
May 9, 2024
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Mr. Mr. Edward Tomassian

Glendale, CA
February 16, 2024
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Dr. & Mrs. Greg & Nadine Koobatian

Madison, CT
December 29, 2023
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 21, 2023
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Mr. Gerard Rutteman

Netherlands
December 9, 2023
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 15, 2022
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Studio City, CA May 31, 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.

Purchase a Home 26

Purchase a Home 26

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 26

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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Switzerland January 7, 2022
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Mr. Shahen Hairapetian & Mrs. Arax Mansourian

Pasadena, CA December 25, 2021
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Mr. & Dr. Willy & Christiane Schaeffler

Manhattan Beach, CA
In Honor Of Lucy Artinian & Robert Hoersch December 23, 2021
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Stepanavan School #2 Improvement

Stepanavan St. Gregory The Illuminator School #2 Improvement Project

Description

The town of Stepanavan is located in Armenia’s northern portion of the Lori Region. More than 10,000 people live in this ancient town. Stepanavan can trace it earliest settlements to the 4th century. Stepanavan was devastated by the 1988 earthquake including losing one of its primary schools. The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church raised the funds to build a new school for the children in Stepanavan. Vartkes Barsam, a philanthropist and active member of the Armenian community of Los Angeles served as project manager and oversaw the construction. The school was opened on 2003 and has served more than 525 children per year since. While the school has been well maintained, it is time to address some of the larger needs of the school starting with the heating system, school windows, bathrooms and to create a kitchen and dining hall.  Following these important capital improvements, the balance of the school will receive a cosmetic renovation including new lighting and a fresh coat of paint.

A new boiler room will be built adjacent to the school and two large capacity boilers will be installed to heat new radiators throughout the school (which also have to be installed.) New windows throughout the school will also be installed to improve the efficiency of the overall heating of the school. This phase of work will cost the following:

$6,000 Construction of a new boiler room.
$95,000 Installation of two new boilers, pipes and radiators throughout the three floors of the school.
$44,000 Installation of 540 square meters of new double pain windows throughout the school.

Region

Lori / Լոռի

City / Village

Stepanavan / Ստեփանավան

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four months from start date
Stepanavan School #2 Improvement
$201,025 of $325,000 raised
$
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Honoree Details

Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need

School #2 in Stepanavan serves more than 525 children. The school needs a new heating system and new windows to help provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children in which to learn.

Short Term Impact

In the near term, more than 525 children and the school’s staff will enjoy a safer and more comfortable learning environment. The local economy will benefit with locals labor and materials utilized whenever possible.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, thousands of children and staff will benefit from the renovations completed at the school. Because of better heating, the school will better accommodate a variety of after school programming for the children in the colder winter months.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this project will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website, on a plaque at the Stepanavan St. Gregory The Illuminator School #2, and in appropriate press related to this important project. Visits can be arranged to Stepanavan for sponsors during their visits to Armenia.

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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA September 6, 2023
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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA April 24, 2023
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Ms. Mary Kanian

Walnut, CA
In Memory Of Vartkes Barsam April 18, 2023
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Mrs. Sheila Papayans

Palos Verdes Estates, CA April 10, 2023
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The Shirvanian Family Foundation

Newport Beach, CA April 4, 2023
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Mr. Dickran Barsam

North Hollywood, CA March 29, 2023
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October 18, 2018

Diane Barsam visited the school with Paros Project Manager, Gegham Minasyan to discuss the school's needs and to formalize plans for future assistance.

August 12, 2019

With enough funding available to replace all of the exterior windows, work began on removing and replacing all of the windows.

 
September 12, 2019

Work on all of the exterior window replacement is complete and minor temporary repairs were made to the walls around the new windows until such time that funding is available for the school's interior remodel. The next effort will be to replace the school's heating system.

November 29, 2022

The school's heating system has been replaced with new radiators, pipes, and boilers throughout the entire 3 story school providing much needed heat during the winter. 

July 2, 2023

Today our crew has started renovation on the school's gym roof. 

July 15, 2023

Gym roof renovation has finished. The students now have an insulated gym roof to allow them to play comfortably. 

August 28, 2023

The multiple bathroom renovations have begun. We can't wait to give the students new and clean restrooms. 

October 22, 2023

The first bathroom renovation is finished! We will soon start construction on the next set of bathrooms. 

December 13, 2023

All 14 bathroom renovations are complete! With the support of our donors were able to renovate every bathroom at the Stepanavan St. Gregory the Illuminator School #2.  

Hatsik Preschool Renovation

Hatsik Preschool Renovation

Description

Hatsik is a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia. The village population, approximately 2500, currently houses one school with 285 students in attendance, 40 being in preschool. The Hatsik Village School, which was the site for renovations completed by the Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia in years 2013, 2014 and 2015, is in need of a renovation consisting of three classrooms, two bathrooms, and a hallway, which will facilitate the entire preschool. Thanks to the generosity of past and present donors, The Paros Foundation has renovated the auditorium, gym, all other classrooms and bathrooms in this buidling at the school. The school is very important to the region of Armavir. The regional government has previously allocated funding to complete the school’s heating system. In addition, the Hatsik Village Municipality raised funds within their network of donors to help with the restoration of the school’s kitchen.

Sponsorship of this project will help raise the amount needed in order to complete renovations at the Hatsik School’s Preschool wing. Our previous renovations at the Hatsik School are well maintained, thus giving us great motivation to continue our work at this site. The Paros Foundation is committed to completing renovations and dramatically improving the overall condition for the children at this school.

Region

Armavir / Արմավիր

City / Village

Hatsik / Հացիկ

Start Date

November 2023

End Date

Two months after start date
Hatsik Preschool Renovation

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

The Need

Early education studies show that attending kindergarten is important to students’ success in higher education, as well as for their future. The Hatsik Preschool renovation will give young children the opportunity to attend classrooms that will accommodate their early education needs.

Short Term Impact

The short-term impact of this project will be to reconstruct and renovate three classrooms, two bathrooms and a hallway for the preschool. Materials will be purchased in Armenia, thus providing a boost to the local economy. In addition, local villagers will be hired to complete the construction work, thus providing them with temporary jobs.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, the success of this project will provide proper classrooms and facilities for current and future young children at Hatsik Preschool to attend and start their educational journeys.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website, in appropriate press released to this project, and on a plaque installed in the Hatsik School Auditorium.

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Ms. Hasmik Hatamian

Burbank, CA
In Memory Of Ovanes Megerdoumian May 5, 2023
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The Scott Family

La Selva Beach, CA
In Memory Of Noonik Megerdoumian April 28, 2023
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Mr. Vartan Vahramian & Mrs. Lida Ovanessian

Valencia, CA
In Memory Of Noonik Megerdoumian April 19, 2023
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Ms. Floria Baboomian

Canoga Park, CA
In Memory Of Noonik Megerdoumian April 19, 2023
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Mr. Vahik Ovanessian

Valencia, CA
In Memory Of Noonik Megerdoumian April 19, 2023
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

Fountain Hills, AZ December 29, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Armen Hairapetian & Family

Pasadena, CA December 23, 2019

Updates: Images & Information

November 21, 2023

Today renovations on the Hatsik Preschool school started. We are excited to provide a new space for the preschoolers to learn. 

January 18, 2024

The Hatsik Preschool renovations are complete! The preschool has ordered furniture for the completed classrooms.