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Purchase a Home 24

Purchase a Home 24 - Bdoyan 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. We have identified Karen Bdoyan, his wife, two sons and mother as a family that would benefit from a new home. Karen was seriously injured in a work accident in Russia last year. Their current domik is located immediately under high voltage power lines. In addition, part of the floor has already collapsed, making it even less safe. 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

January 2020

End Date

April 2020
Purchase a Home 24

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. Edward Godoshian

Danville, CA December 5, 2019

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January 17, 2020

The Paros team met with the Bdoyan Family in their "domik" and gave them the good news that Mr. Edward Godoshian has sponsored a new home for them.

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Purchase a Home 22 - Khachatryan 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.

Karen Khachatryan, his wife, two sons and mother have been identified as a family that would dramatically benefit from a new apartment.  Karen currently works at a carwash in Gyumri to try and support his family. 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

January 2020

End Date

April 2020
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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. & Mrs. Vahe & Hasmik Dombalagian

Glenview, IL November 1, 2019

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January 17, 2020

Today The Paros Team visited the Khatchatryan family in their domik and gave them the good news that they will be soon moving to a new apartment!

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Purchase a Home 25 - Minasyan 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. The recipient of a new home raised through this project will be Zaruhi Minasyan and her two boys, 10 & 14 years old. 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

December 2020
Purchase a Home 25

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. & Mrs. Jack & Zarig Youredjian

Los Angeles, CA December 4, 2020
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Ms. Arda Youredjian

Toluca Lake, CA August 28, 2020
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Employees of Western Drug

Toluca Lake, CA May 27, 2020
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Employees of Western Drug

Toluca Lake, CA November 30, 2019

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October 22, 2020

Zaruhi Minasyan signed the gifting and purchase agreement today! She and her two boys will be moving into their new home very soon.

 
December 4, 2020

Due to Covid-19 related complications, the Minasyan families move was delayed by a few weeks. Today is moving day. The crew from the Shirak Center NGO has been helping Zaruhi pack all of her belongings and move them into her new home.

 
December 5, 2020

Again with the help of the Shirak Center NGO crew, Zaruhi Minasyan's old domik has been torn down. Materials have been recycled and wood from the domik has been distributed to families to burn for heat.

Emergency Home Reconstruction-Emma A.

Emergency Home Reconstruction-Emma A.

Description

Emma A. and her son live in the border village of  Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur.  On the morning of July 12, the Azeri’s launched a cross border attack on the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region utilizing attack drones, tanks and other heavy artillery.  Although the Azeris ultimately lost control of strategic military posts to the Armenian defense forces, a considerable amount of damage was inflicted upon the villages of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, Aygepar, Movses and Chinari.

In response to this assault, The Paros Foundation immediately committed to improving these villagers’ homes well beyond the damage sustained during this recent shelling. Work has already started in rebuilding Emma’s home, thanks to the on-going generosity and sponsorship of Jean-Marie Atamian and his family, who have adopted this important border village and made major investments in its infrastructure since 2012. In the words of Mr. Atamian: ” No one should underestimate our resolve standing with our villages; for every house the enemy destroys, we will built 10 new homes.” Other residential projects in the neighboring border village of Aygepar, along with immediate reconstruction of its kindergarten, will be addressed with funds raised from the Emergency Reconstruction Fund.

A large caliber mortar landed a few feet from Emma’s home.  Its explosion left a crater in her yard, destroyed her garden including several fruit trees, and structurally damaged her home.  The reconstruction of her home will include rebuilding the support structure for her home and balcony, replacing the roof and windows, running a proper heating system throughout the home, building a new bathroom (replacing the family’s outhouse) and completing a full interior renovation.

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 eight 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. In the last year alone, three houses were rebuilt, and two additional homes are currently under construction now.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

August 2020

End Date

November 2020
Emergency Home Reconstruction-Emma A.

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

The Need
A large caliber Azeri mortar landed a few feet from Emma’s home. Its explosion left a crater in her yard, destroyed her garden including several fruit trees, and left her home with serious structural damage.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, Emma’s home will be completely reconstructed giving her and her son (and his future family) a fresh start. The reconstruction of this home will benefit the local economy and a minimum of four workers will work on this home.
Long Term Impact
In the long term, the benefit of repairing homes damaged by the conflict is significant from both the village standpoint and a mental standpoint.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation website and in all press related to this important project. Visits to this home site can be arranged for sponsors when in Armenia.
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY October 22, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Patricia Starzer

Highlands Ranch, CO
In Honor Of Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian July 29, 2021
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY July 8, 2021

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August 26, 2020

Work to rebuild Emma and her son Vartan's home is moving along well. Emma is happy with the progress being made. When Vartan is not serving as a soldier guarding the border near his home in Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur, he lends his support to the crew working to rebuild.

 
October 3, 2020

Because of the attack in Artsakh by Azerbaijan, the village is on high alert and work has stopped on Emma's home. Her son, Vartan, is at his border post.

 
November 12, 2020

The crew is back to work and working to complete the work on the exterior of Emma's home prior to winter. With the new heating system installed, work will continue inside as the work outside is completed.

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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
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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. & Mrs. Willy & Christiane Schaeffler

Manhattan Beach, CA
In Honor Of Lucy Artinian and Robert Hoersch December 23, 2021
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Cranston, RI December 22, 2021
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Debi Arach Children’s Center 2020 Operating Budget

Debi Arach Children's Center 2020 Operating Budget

Description

The Paros Foundation launched the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 170 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. The Debi Arach Children’s Center, which in Armenian means “moving forward,” helps these socially vulnerable children through a holistic approach providing them with both humanitarian and educational support. The center provides counseling and group therapy with a psychologist on staff, homework help and tutoring for almost every subject the children learn in school including English, Math, Art/Design, and Computer classes. Additionally, they are served a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they would otherwise not have. Furthermore, the Center addresses a very important hygienic need by providing the children in attendance with supervised bathing facilities. The goal is to help hundreds of children develop a vision for a successful future, and to give them the skills they need to reach these goals. This project is impacting the lives of hundreds of socially vulnerable children by helping them gain the guidance and support they need in order to create greater future opportunities, and become successful individuals and good citizens.

Region

Shirak / Շիրակ

Vity / Village

Gyumri / Գյումրի

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

March 2021
Debi Arach Children’s Center 2020 Operating Budget

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

To date, the center has already had several important successes. At least nine children have been taken out of boarding schools, attend our center and now live back at home with their families. Many of the children who were receiving poor grades in school are now achieving top scores. The children have become socially well adjusted and much more healthier than before with the continued consumption of multi-vitamins and a daily well-balanced meal. Staff trainings have begun with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.

The center is working on funding year five and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and career planning opportunities. $80,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center. In January of 2017, Debi Arach successfully launched its first program within its Vocational Training Center, teaching children computer programming, 3d printing and robotics curriculum. The goal of this newest component is to provide these children with marketable job skills in order to help them work themselves out of poverty. In 2019, with the long term commitment by Dr. & Mrs. Gary and Linda Assarian (MI) the vocational training program was renamed the Assarian Vocational Training Program.

The Need

Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with no hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. The children’s center will continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend afterschool and summer school programs providing them with the additional skills necessary for a successful future. Additionally, these children suffer from malnutrition and related illnesses due to a lack of well-balanced meals. The center will continue to provide each child with a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they need. Furthermore, many families were forced to take refuge in overseas shipping containers (domiks), or in condemned buildings after the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake or due to their poor socioeconomic status. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat to take showers. The Center will address this very important hygienic need by continuing to provide the children in attendance with supervised new bathing facilities.

Short Term Impact

The short-term 170 children will receive immediate support and guidance to help them succeed for the second year. The Center will continue offer nutritious meals, bathing facilities, counseling opportunities, homework aid and tutoring and core classes including English, Computer, Art/Design, and Math.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, with the success of the Center’s current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of “social orphans” and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri’s economy

Sponsors Benefits

In the long term, with the success of the Center’s current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of “social orphans” and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri’s economy.

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Mr. Albert Avedissian

Porter Ranch, CA May 28, 2021
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Mr. Roupen Dechkounian

Lexington, MA May 4, 2021
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Ms. Kathryn J. Abajian

CA, United States April 19, 2021
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Dublin, CA March 14, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Vahan & Anne Sarkisian

New London, NH February 23, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Vahe & Peggy Ishkhanian

Northridge, CA February 15, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Varujan & Biana Goncuian

Calabasas, CA February 11, 2021
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Ms. Anita Martikyan

Glendale, CA February 6, 2021
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Australia February 5, 2021
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Ms. Sonya Moroukian

United States February 4, 2021
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Mr. Aram Demirdjian

IL, United States January 12, 2021
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Ms. Caroline Bullock

Reseda, CA January 5, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Stuart & Andrea Holbrook

Wellesley Hills, MA
In Memory Of Diane Markarian December 31, 2020
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Dr. Kevork Bardakjian

Ann Arbor, MI December 30, 2020
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April 1, 2020

The Debi Arach Children's Center and as well as the Assarian Vocational Training Program temporarily closed last month due to Covid-19 following the order of the Prime Minister and until further notice. We are dedicated to providing consistent meals, psychological support, and structured in-home learning to the youth. Although the facility is currently closed, we are working hard to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of all students and staff. We have also committed to continue paying our staff during the closure. We are working closely with our on-staff psychologist, who is checking in with the kids each week to help them navigate their lives during this challenging time. We want to make sure the students still receive consistent, adequate nutrition so we are providing food packages for all families of Debi Arach with guidelines on safety protocols for receiving and cleaning the items.

August 17, 2020

The Debi Arach Children’s Center successfully and safely re-opened its doors to eager students. Several changes and new policies have been set in place for the safety of the kids and staff. Along with the emphasis on safety, the staff has been working hard to prepare students for the start of school scheduled for September 15, 2020. The goal is to expand the center’s programming to continue to be able to serve all of our center's children in a safe and responsible manner including changing the manner in which meals are served and constructing temporary outdoor classrooms by taking advantage of the warm weather. Furthermore, Debi Arach will be holding both morning and afternoon sessions to accommodate children who will now be attending schools in split sessions to promote social distancing in schools.

 

#FeedingArmenia – Tavush

#FeedingArmenia - Tavush

Description

The Berd Consolidated Community is located in an isolated part of Armenia’s North-East Tavush region.  More than half of the villages in this community have a mutual border with Azerbaijan, thus adding to the difficulties in these towns and villages.

In an effort to try and control the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, the government of Armenia made the difficult decision to issue a strong stay-at-home order for the entire country.  This directive creates a very difficult situation for the elderly and other higher risk people.  The head of Berd Consolidated Community, Harutyun Manucharyan, launched an effort to provide food staples to the elderly and others at high-risk.  He turned to The Paros Foundation for help to reach 800 of the most vulnerable in his community.

Food packs will cost $10 each and are designed to provide basic staples including flour, sugar, buckwheat, coffee, oil, tea and other essentials that should last these people about 10 days.  We anticipate food packages like these to be delivered twice in the coming weeks for these people.  Staff from The Paros Foundation will connect directly with food suppliers in Armenia and order the food staples and have them delivered to the city of Berd, where the municipality staff will assemble and distribute the packs to the recipients.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Berd Consolidated Communities

Start Date

April 2020

End Date

May 2020
#FeedingArmenia – Tavush

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

The Need

Food support is needed to help 800 of the most vulnerable elderly and disabled residents in the Berd Consolidated Communities because of the Covid-19 worldwide pandemic.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, 800 people will receive a food pack made up of essential food staples, thus enforcing the stay-at-home order issued by the Government of Armenia.

Long Term Impact

In the longer term, we expect these people will receive two distributions of food packs, and thus be healthier because they were less likely to be exposed to the virus by traveling to the store and because they will not remain hungry.

Sponsors Benefits

Sponsors of this urgent project will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website and in all related press to this effort. Visits to Armenia’s Berd region can be arranged for visitors to Armenia in the future.

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Mr. Haig Balian

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Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Diane Paskerian

San Francisco, CA July 3, 2020
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Mr. Richard Alonso & Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Manhasset, NY July 3, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Diane Paskerian

Arcadia, CA July 3, 2020
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Mr. Richard Alonso & Mrs. Lori Keurian Alonso

Arcadia, CA July 3, 2020
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Mr. Raffi Allaverdi

Hackensack, NJ May 22, 2020
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April 11, 2020

Distribution of food packs began today for beneficiaries in the village of Chinari.

April 13, 2020

Today, food packages were distributed to beneficiaries in the villages of Artsvabert, Choratan and Norashen.

 

Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 21

Description

More than 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. These facilities provide for the children’s basic needs, but their limited budgets do not allow these children to participate in visits to popular historical sites, an amusement park or concert, or attend a cultural event.

Armenia’s orphan children should have the opportunity to experience popular cultural events, exhibits, and excursions in Armenia, or simply have a fun afternoon or activity that they normally would not be able to experience. Many different activities and excursions can be organized for these children. The extent of the activity or trip is directly related to the sponsorship amount. For sponsorships amounts between $250 -$750 approximately 20 children and an appropriate number of chaperons will be able participate in a memorable activity. Please consider supporting multiple excursions for these children.

The Paros Foundation staff and volunteers will organize and oversee the excursion/activity. Opportunities to sponsor excursions for orphanages serving both disabled and non-disabled children exist. Whenever possible, our staff will work with the destination for the excursion to secure group pricing and/or discounts.

Region

Throughout Armenia

City / Village

Throughout Armenia

Start Date

Immediately
Orphaned Children’s Day Excursion 21

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

The Need

Armenia’s orphanages generally are able to provide for their children’s basic care, but limited funding does not allow these children to visit museums, historical sites and popular cultural events. Allowing a child a few hours of recreation and/or entertainment as a regular child greatly enhances his/her outlook on life and reduces the emotional complexes of being an orphan.

Short Term Impact

The short-term impact of this project will be the immediate employment of a bus driver, money being spent in Armenia’s local economy and most important the education and social benefits for 20 orphan children.

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term emotion, education and psychological benefits for the children, as they will be able to participate in activities that are above and beyond basic existence in an orphanage.

Sponsors Benefits

Your support of this project will be recognized at the relevant Orphanage, your name listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the care facility when you are in Armenia.

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Winter Coats for Debi Arach 2020

Winter Coats for Debi Arach 2020

Description

The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, Armenia on April 15, 2015 with the help of generous donors. The center, which provides 175 children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support, has since been a source of positivity in this city. The residents of Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, have endured very devastating realities since the tragic 1988 Spitak Earthquake. More than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures. Furthermore, freezing temperatures and extreme poverty have created humanitarian crisis in Gyumri as well.

One very important need, especially during the winter, is winter coats. Sponsorship towards this effort will ensure that 175 children attending the Debi Arach Children’s Center will receive new warm winter coats in the late fall of 2020. With warm winter coats these children will be able to stay healthy, and be able to continue to attend school.

Region

Shirak

City / Village

Gyumri

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

December 2020
Winter Coats for Debi Arach 2020

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

The Need

After the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, more than 100,000 residents were left homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty for years to come. In turn, the fate of children in Gyumri has also been affected. Dealing with the difficulty of finding means to feed and care for their families, many parents are unable to provide their children not only with the proper guidance, supervision, educational aid and the financial resources for them to excel in school and have successful futures, but also with some basic humanitarian needs. Children are in need of warm winter coats to combat the freezing temperatures and extreme winter in Gyumri.

Short Term Impact

In the short-term the 175 children who attend the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri, will receive warm winter coats. The coats will be purchased from Armenia, which will benefit their economy.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, children will be able to stay warm, combat Gyurmi’s harsh winters, become sick less and stay in school.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to sponsor winter coats for the children at Debi Arach will be recognized with a plaque at the Center and on the Center’s website and in their printed materials. Your name will also be listed as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation will proudly arrange a visit to the Debi Arach Children’s Center when you are in Armenia.

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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom February 15, 2020
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Aramis, Andreas & Aleksa Sarkissian

Las Vegas, NV January 13, 2020
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Aramis, Andreas & Aleksa Sarkissian

Las Vegas, NV December 23, 2019
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.

Packs on Backs Armenia: Debi Arach 2020

Packs on Backs Armenia: Debi Arach 2020

Description

The Packs on Backs initiative, was started by the The Heros Humanitarian Foundation (HHF), a former Los Angeles based non-profit organization that supported children in need and their educational advancement. HHF partnered with The Paros Foundation to bring their Packs on Backs initiative to Armenia, and together successfully distributed 380 backpacks and school supplies to children in Gyumri and Vanadzor in the summer of 2015 and 225 backpacks to the children at the Kharpert Children’s Home in the summer of 2016. Since then, the Packs on Backs initiative continues to impact the lives of children in need in Armenia with this essential need.

Our next distribution will be for the kids attending the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri. Socially vulnerable children attend the center after their school and receive both humanitarian and educational support through a holistic approach. The Paros Foundation established the Debi Arach Children’s Center on April 15, 2015 and has since provided children each week the necessary academic, psychological, social and humanitarian support they need to succeed. Gyumri’s devastating history has left more than 100,000 residents homeless, and plagued with unemployment and rampant poverty. These families often struggle to provide their children with life’s basic necessities; therefore making backpacks and school supplies a distant priority. Children at the center were recipients of backpacks and school supplies during our first distribution in 2015. This distribution will meet the ongoing needs of both current and new children. Our goal is to provide 30 new attendees with new backpacks and school supplies and replenish the school supplies for 150 children who already have backpacks. A donation of $30 will help obtain one backpack filled with supplies for one child. $15 will help obtain a set of new school supplies. School supplies will be grade appropriate and include a combination of pencils, pens, pencil cases, notebooks, folders, erasers, sharpeners, glue, scissors, rulers, highlighters, and crayons. In-kind donations of the items listed are also welcomed.

Region

Shirak / Շիրակ

City / Village

Gyumri / Գյումրի

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

September 2020
Packs on Backs Armenia: Debi Arach 2020

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

The Need

It is very difficult for a child to learn and excel in their studies without a proper backpack and essential school supplies. In addition, without the proper supplies these children are less likely to attend school on a regular basis, hence severely hindering their educational growth and minimizing future opportunities.

Short Term Impact

A total of 180 children from Gyumri’s poverty stricken communities attending the Debi Arach Children’s Center will receive either proper backpacks and school supplies or new school supplies to aid in their educational advancement. Local school supplies will be purchased whenever economically feasible in turn boosting the local economy.

Long Term Impact

Your donation to sponsor the Packs on Backs Armenia: Debi Arach project will be recognized on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project.

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. Sarkis & Alis Barsoumian - Barso Jewelry

Glendale, CA September 13, 2020
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Ms. Nanor Manoukian

Canada September 13, 2020
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Ms. Rita Yepremian

CA, United States September 11, 2020
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Ms. Rita Yepremian

Los Angeles, CA September 11, 2020
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Araksya Karapetyan (via ToTalkArmenian)

CA, United States September 4, 2020
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Ms. Celine Hovannisyan

United States September 2, 2020
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Stuck On You Goods Co

Culver City, CA September 1, 2020
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