Armavir Region, Armenia—Building upon its 2013 successes, The Paros Foundation’s SERVICE Armenia 2014 group continued renovation of the Hatsik village school. With the generous support of donors and SERVICE Armenia volunteers, five additional classrooms, the corridor and one additional restroom were renovated during summer 2014. Five classrooms and two restrooms at the school had previously undergone renovation during the 2013 SERVICE Armenia program. Hatsik school renovation is one of the Paros Foundation’s 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity, an initiative aimed at commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by implementing 100 special projects in the homeland. To date 76 projects have been funded of which 56 are complete since the fall of 2012.
The upgrades to the classrooms include new doors and windows, laminate and tile flooring, chalkboards, window blinds, electrical upgrades and renovated desks. The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative expenses allowing 100% of donor contributions to go directly to this project. The local Hatsik community has joined the effort by providing volunteer labor and as well as contributing financially to the purchase of window treatments and electrical materials.
“We are actively seeking a donor or donors to sponsor the renovation of the school gymnasium which would complete the final phase of the Hatsik School,” said Peter Abajian, Paros Foundation Executive Director. “We are hoping to raise these funds in time to complete the gym during our SERVICE Armenia 2015 program this summer.”
The Paros Foundation established SERVICE Armenia to provide young people between the ages of 16 and 24 with the opportunity to experience Armenia in a positive, productive, and fun way. Participants spend one month working on a variety of projects and touring Armenia and Artsakh, while developing life long friendships. Applications for this summer’s program are currently available.
To participate in SERVICE Armenia, to sponsor the Hatsik gym or other projects, please visit www.parosfoundation.org.
To honor the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, The Paros Foundation launched The Paros 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity initiative in the fall of 2011 to benefit Armenia and her people. 100 pre-screened projects in the areas of development, education, cultural and humanitarian will be implemented to help make Armenia stronger and improve the lives of her people.
Donations to The Paros Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. To find out how you can sponsor a project and for more information about how to get involved, please visit www.parosfoundation.org or call (310) 400-9061.
Formally launched in 2006, The Paros Foundation supports six exemplary local NGOs in Armenia and launched the Paros 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity in October of 2011 to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the Armenian Genocide. With an aggressive goal of identifying, vetting, fundraising for and ultimately implementing 100 special projects, The Paros Foundation and its staff in Armenia and the United States are quickly earning a reputation as the “go to” organization to oversee small and medium-sized project implementation in Armenia.
To sponsor a project of the Paros Foundation’s 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity, please visit www.parosfoundation.org.