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Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 19

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 19

Description

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

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

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

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

Immediately
Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 19

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

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

Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit these children regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as people witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation towards the Kharpert Home for Special Children’s Excursion project will be recognized as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.

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Mr. Sarkis Karabashian

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United States September 23, 2020
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Ms. Linnet Zohrabian

United States September 9, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

Fountain Hills, AZ June 18, 2020
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Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Kathy Mouradjian

Fountain Hills, AZ December 24, 2019
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Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 18

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 18

Description

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

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

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

Region

Yerevan

City / Village

Nor Kharpert

Start Date

Immediately
Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 18

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

The Need

Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit these children regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.

Short Term Impact

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

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as people witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation towards the Kharpert Home for Special Children’s Excursion project will be recognized as a sponsor on the Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.

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Dr. & Mrs. Alfred & Volga Zohrabian

United Kingdom November 8, 2019

Verin Getashen School Renovation

Verin Getashen School Renovation

Description

Verin Getashen is a large village located just southwest of Lake Sevan.  The village was founded in the early 1800s by migrants from Mush and Alashkert in present day Eastern Turkey.  Almost 5,000 people call Verin Getashen their home.  More than 300 children attend the school, which is in poor condition.  Major needs of the school including replacing the roof, windows and heating system will be addressed as funds become available for this project.

Region

Gegharkunik

City / Village

Verin Getashen

Start Date

August 2019

End Date

August 2020
Verin Getashen School Renovation
$3,250 of $76,000 raised
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The Need
The children in Verin Getashen attend school in very poor conditions. The school is in need of a new roof, new windows and a proper heating system.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, students attending the school will benefit from a safer, more comfortable environment in which to learn. Materials and labor will be purchased locally whenever possible, thus adding to the local economy.
Long Term Impact
In the longer term, once the school improvements have been completed (in phases) the entire community will benefit for years to come with the school providing generations of residents with safe, comfortable and clean surroundings in which to learn.
Sponsors Benefits
All sponsors will be listed on The Paros Foundation website, on a plaque installed at the school and in all appropriate press related to this important project.
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Ms. Rita Barsoumian

Toluca Lake, CA
In Memory Of Flora Dunaians August 9, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Greg & Gina Felikian

Sierra Madre, CA
In Memory Of Flora Dunaians August 8, 2022
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Mr. & Mrs. Armen & Eleanora Hayrapetian

Northridge, CA
In Memory Of Flora Dunaians August 8, 2022
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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA
In Memory Of Flora Dunaians August 8, 2022
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Peter & Houry Abajian

Beverly Hills, CA
In Memory Of Flora Dunaians August 8, 2022
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Mr. Tavit Najarian

Rumson, NJ
In Honor Of Ohannes & Zabel Najarian July 24, 2020
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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA
In Memory Of Mr. Vartkes Barsam July 24, 2020
August 15, 2019

Thanks to the generous support of Developmental Services for Armenia and the Dunaians Family, work on the roof at the school has begun.

 
September 23, 2019

Work on the roof has been completed.

 
October 29, 2019

The Dunaian Family visited the school today with Paros Project Manager, Gegham Minasyan. During their visit, they viewed the interior of the school to determine the next steps forward.

 
February 17, 2020

Work on the kitchen, dining hall and storage room began today. This effort is supported in partnership with support from Developmental Services for Armenia and the municipality of Verin Getashen and materials from the World Food Program.

 
April 2, 2020

With the subfloor installed and drying, the work at the Verin Getashen School has stopped. Work will begin once the stay at home orders are lifted and it is safe to return to work.

 
May 1, 2020

With the easing of the stay at home orders, work once again began at the Verin Getashen School's kitchen, cafeteria and storage room.

Help Build the Artsvabert Kindergarten

Help Build the Artsvabert Kindergarten

Description

More than 2,700 people live in the isolated border community of Artsvabert. The village is in desperate need of a second kindergarten to accommodate two additional groups of children (60 total), as the current existing kindergarten is full. 

Near the primary school in the village, there is an existing building that needs a complete renovation including new roof, windows, doors, kitchen, bathrooms.  In addition, work will be completed to the entrance to create a safe and convenient entry to the kindergarten.  Once renovated, this building would easily house two additional groups of kindergarten aged children. 

Following the complete reconstruction of the new kindergarten, new furniture and kitchen equipment will be installed.

 

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Artsvabert

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four Months from Start Date
Help Build the Artsvabert Kindergarten

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

The Need

The village of Artsvabert needs an additional kindergarten to facilitate early education for the growing number of children in this larger border community.  A building located near one of the village’s two schools needs to be complete reconstructed to serve as the village’s second kindergarten.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, 60 children will begin receiving the benefit of early education.  At least 6 more employment positions will be created in the community.  In addition, a modest economic benefit will be realized as all materials will be purchased locally.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, the community of Artsvabert will benefit as a whole from having a second kindergarten in the community.  In addition, 60 families will directly benefit from the services provided by the kindergarten.  

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors of this important project will be listed on The Paros Foundation’s website, on a plaque installed at the kindergarten, and in all appropriate press. Visits to the Artsvabert Kindergarten can be arranged for sponsors during their visit to Armenia.

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Ms. Annette Stepanian

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Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Sarah Goorjian

Oakland, CA February 12, 2021
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Ms. Laura Beulens

United States February 11, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. John & Maria Sheridan

NY, United States
In Memory Of Dorothy Jenkins February 1, 2021
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Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Jody Thompson

Roseville, CA
In Memory Of Margred Thompson January 19, 2021
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Hillsborough, CA December 22, 2020
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Dadourian Foundation

New York, NY December 18, 2020
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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
$56,600 of $325,000 raised
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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

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Mr. Charles Raine

Palos Verdes, CA
In Memory Of Vartkes & Jean Barsam December 6, 2020
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Ms. Diane Barsam

Newport Beach, CA
In Honor Of Vartkes & Jean Barsam July 20, 2019
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Mrs. Flora Dunaians

Pasadena, CA
In Memory Of Jean Barsam March 8, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Stephen & Sandra Hampar

Toluca Lake, CA
In Memory Of Jean Barsam February 25, 2019
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Ms. Michelle Shrikian

Newport Coast, CA
In Memory Of Jean Barsam February 25, 2019
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Kubiak Family

Costa Mesa, CA
In Memory Of Jean Barsam February 24, 2019
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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.

NKA School Remodel – Phase 4

NKA School Remodel-Phase 4

Description

Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian recently announced their sixth major gift of $100,000 to The Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border Initiative. This contribution will be used to rebuild a large two-story school building in the village of Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur (population 1,380) (“NKA”). NKA was the most heavily shelled village on the Tavush border during the war for the liberation of Artsakh.

This investment is the latest infrastructure project underwritten by the Atamians in NKA. Specifically, since 2013, the Atamians have financed the reconstruction of the village’s medical center, kindergarten, secondary school (3 large two-story buildings), emergency services building and water pipeline. The Atamians have also awarded over 20 individual family agricultural and home renovation grants to improve the standard of living of numerous households. The impressive economic progress of NKA has prompted the Atamians to make additional long-term commitments to ensure the village’s continued growth and prosperity for future generations.

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Region

Tavush

City / Village

Nerkin Karmir Aghbyur

Start Date

June 2019

End Date

May 2020
NKA School Remodel – Phase 4
$78,000 of $95,000 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

The Need
The final phase of the school’s rebuilding has begun and will include the school’s science classrooms and laboratory, home economics classroom, wood and metal shop, excise and dance studio and other classrooms. The bathrooms in this building are also in need of being renovated.
Short Term Impact
In the short term, all classrooms, laboratories and bathrooms will be rebuilt including new flooring, windows, electrical fixtures and painting, new furniture and equipment as necessary and new plumbing for the bathroom. Supplies will be purchased locally and local labor will be used whenever possible.
Long Term Impact
For years to come, children in this village will be able to attend school in a safe and warm environment. With a fully rebuilt school, families in the village will be less likely to relocate to a different area. In fact, the implementation of the various projects in this village has been accompanied by a significant increase in the birth rate.
Sponsors Benefits
Your donation to sponsor this project will be recognized with a plaque at the school and in their printed materials. Sponsors will also be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project and on the Paros Foundation website. Visits to the school can be arranged for sponsors visiting Armenia.
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY March 2, 2020
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Mr. & Dr. Jean-Marie & Lori Atamian

New York, NY December 13, 2019

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June 11, 2019

Demolition work began today on the two-story third building at the school. Once this wing is completed, the entire school will have been renovated.

 
September 2, 2019

Project Sponsors, The Atamian Family, visited the school today for opening day!

 
May 4, 2020

Work is almost completed on the septic system for the final phase of the renovation at the school.

Varagavan Kindergarten and Multipurpose Room Renovation

Varagavan Kindergarten and Multipurpose Room Renovation

Description

Inadequate infrastructure left over from Soviet times has created unbearable conditions for families to live, learn and work in many villages throughout Armenia. Many of the husbands and fathers in these communities, especially in the Tavush Region, are heroes–serving as contract soldiers protecting our borders in their villages– while others work as seasonal migrant workers in Russia. Prosperity and our Nation’s security go hand in hand.

As part of the Paros Foundation’s Prosperity on the Border initiative, The Foundation has identified the kindergarten in the village of Varagavan as a needed infrastructure improvement project. Varagavan Village has 223 households with a population total of 713 people, 39 of which are children of school age and 67 children of pre-school age. Varagavan has a kindergarten comprised of 19 children and employs four adults. Other organizations implemented partial renovations to the kindergarten in 2004, mainly to the section they currently use, but the majority of the building including roof repairs remains unmet.

The kindergarten currently serves 19 children, and will have 29 in September. Once renovated the municipality is ready to fund the attendance of an additional 20 students. Sponsorship of this project will help renovate the kindergarten building and create a multipurpose room suitable for the use by the entire village. Repairs need to be made to the roof, floor, kitchen and bathroom. In addition, an outdoor playground will be installed for the childrens’ use.

Region

Tavush

City / Village

Varagavan

Start Date

Immediately

End Date

Four Months from Start Date
Varagavan Kindergarten and Multipurpose Room Renovation
$79,015 of $80,100 raised
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The Need
The kindergarten and multipurpose room in the village of Varagavan needs renovation. Specifically the kitchen, bathroom, playroom and roof and flooring throughout most of the building must be addressed. Once completed, children will be able to take full advantage of early education in a safe, clean and comfortable environment. Furthermore, families in the village are in need of a space to gather for community and cultural events.
Short Term Impact
Village kindergarten-aged children will benefit from the advantages of early education in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. Residents will be able to hold concerts, gatherings and community events in a new and functional multipurpose room. The local economy will benefit from the purchase of local materials and labor for the construction.
Long Term Impact
Improving the infrastructure in Varagavan is important. With a modern kindergarten, hundreds of children will benefit through their attendance for many years to come. Families in the village will take pride in their kindergarten and this may assist with population growth in the village.
Sponsors Benefits
Sponsors of the renovation at the Varagavan Kindergarten and Multipurpose Room will be recognized on a plaque installed at the kindergarten, on The Paros Foundation website and in all related press to this important project. The Paros Foundation will happily arrange a visit to the Varagavan Village Kindergarten when you are in Armenia.
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Sam Khatchadourian

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Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Nancy Artinian

MI, United States
In Memory Of Nancy Artinian Theoharis June 11, 2020
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Dr. Jeffrey Bogosian & Dr. Joan Yazejian & Family

Rolling Hills, CA May 7, 2020
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Dr. & Mrs. Hrayr & Zaroug Kabakian

Glendale, CA March 16, 2020
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Netherlands December 27, 2019
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Dr. Jack Chelebian

Corpus Christi, TX December 17, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Maida Henesian

Livermore, CA December 14, 2019
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June 6, 2019

Join us in supporting this project tonight at the beautiful home of Kelley & Greg Badishkanian in New York! All proceeds will benefit this important kindergarten and multipurpose room renovation in the village of Varagavan.

 
June 14, 2019

Demolition began today a week after the funds were secured at the Badishkanian fundraiser!

 
July 24, 2019

Work is continuing at the Varagavan Kindergarten. The windows were delivered and installed today and the roof has been completely replaced!

 
August 15, 2019

Project Sponsors, The Badishkanian Family, visited the kindergarten today to see how the work is progressing.

 
March 16, 2020

Work on the interior of the kindergarten is complete. Work will begin outside on the grounds as soon as the weather permits.

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

Immediately

End Date

Two months after start date
Hatsik Preschool Renovation
$2,050 of $14,500 raised
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Donation Total: $100 One Time

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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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

Story Beyond The Ruins

Story Beyond The Ruins

Description

Story Beyond The Ruins is an oral history project documenting the earthquake that rocked not only its epicenter Spitak, but the entire nation of Armenia. Launched in 2017 by United States Peace Corps volunteers, Michael Chen and Max Malter, and American University of Armenia student, Arpine Hovannisyan, the project aims to preserve memories and lived experiences from and beyond the 1988 Spitak Earthquake (also known as the Armenian Earthquake) through a collection of interviews. Through their conversations with individuals, they have tried to provide a canvas for an authentic depiction of life during and after the earthquake. Their goal is to publish the stories online and continue conducting interviews and building upon their collection of stories. Story Beyond The Ruins operates with the help of volunteers. They have partnered with our organization to help raise the funds needed,$2,400, to continue to gather interviews, maintain their website and market their efforts for the next three years.

The young men and women behind Story Beyond The Ruins hope that these stories will strengthen the Armenian heritage of storytelling and give outsiders a glimpse into a profound event that led up to modern Armenia today. you can listen to these interviews on the Story Beyond The Ruins website at www.storybeyondtheruins.com

Region

Shirak & Lori / Շիրակ և Լոռի

City / Village

Gyumri, Spitak & Vanadzor / Գյումրի, Սպիտակ և Վանաձոր

Start Date

March 2019

End Date

March 2022
Story Beyond The Ruins
$850 of $2,500 raised
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The Need

A story about the past somehow has the power to alter our perception of the present and likewise shift our imagination of the future. The goal of the Story Beyond The Ruins project is to tell personal stories about the 1988 Spitak Earthquake including how it reordered the way people narrate their lives and how their identities changed. While there is much tragedy in the disaster, there is also much hope. People who survived this event grew up, pursued new goals, and changed into strong, motivated citizens who want to help their country and give back to those in need. This project is needed as a platform to tell these stories.

Short Term Impact

In the short term, a team of volunteers from Armenia will work to compile a collection interviews, translate them, and add them to the Story Beyond The Ruins website.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, a historical record will exist for future generations.

Sponsors Benefits

All sponsors will be recognized on The Paros Foundation and Story Beyond the Ruins websites. In addition, donors will be recognized on all relevant press regarding this project.

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Mr. & Mrs. Norman & Roberta Malter

New York, NY March 21, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Ira & Nathalie Malter

Charlotte, CA March 14, 2019
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Mr. Vahan Tchakerian

Woodside, CA
In Memory Of Jean Barsam February 15, 2019
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Mr. & Mrs. Fred & Ardemis Tajirian

Oakland, CA
In Honor Of Vahe and Hilda Mener's 50th Wedding Anniversary February 7, 2019

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May 6, 2019

Story Beyond The Ruins has just added to their collection of interviews. Armen Der Kiureghian's interview and the story of how the American University of Armenia was started after the 1988 Armenian earthquake is now available on their website.

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 17

Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 17

Description

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

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

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

Region

Ararat / Արարատ

City / Village

Nor Kharpert / Նոր Խարբերդ

Start Date

Immediately
Kharpert Home for Special Children Excursion 17

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

The Need

Approximately 1,200 children live in Armenia’s 15 orphanages. While these facilities provide basic care for these children, their limited funding does not permit them regular visits and participate in various social and cultural activities. A child with a disability has very few opportunities to visit the city and experience life outside of the grounds of the Kharpert orphanage.

Short Term Impact

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

Long Term Impact

This project has considerable long-term benefits for both the children and for society. Society’s attitudes towards people with disabilities will slowly begin to change as witness these children regularly and realize that society can indeed accommodate them as part of their community.

Sponsors Benefits

Your donation to the Kharpert Home for Special Children will be recognized at the Center and your name listed as a sponsor on The Paros Foundation website and in appropriate press related to this important project. The Paros Foundation stands ready to help you arrange a visit to the Kharpert Home for Special Children when you are in Armenia.

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Christopher & Michael Berube

Altadena, CA February 5, 2019