The 90 students and staff at the Sisian Art School in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Region dreamt of having a kiln to fire their ceramics work. However, the school lacked the financial resources to purchase the kiln. Through the efforts of Dr. Anahid Yeremian, a physicist at Stanford University, The Stanford University Armenian Student Association (ASA), and The Paros Foundation, the funds were raised and two new kilns were manufactured in Armenia and installed at the school.
Dr. Yeremian, who championed this cause, first visited the school in Armenia’s Vayots Dzor Region on the way to the village of Vaghatin as part of the Stanford University ASA’s humanitarian effort, ACT for Armenia. Dr. Yeremian was so impressed with the talent and passion of the school’s students and teachers, that upon her return, she encouraged her family and friends and the Stanford University ASA to help raise funds for the kiln.
“Through the Paros Foundation, I continued raising funds from my friends and relatives. Paros was able to complete this project quickly, efficiently and at a much lower cost than I anticipated. Paros Foundation staff identified the right kilns and oversaw their delivery and installation at the school,” said Dr. Yeremian.
The Paros Foundation underwrote 100% of administrative expenses related to this project, which allowed all donor contributions to go directly to the purchase and installation of the kilns.
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.
Officially launched in 2006, The Paros Foundation continues to support six organizations in Armenia (The Paros Chamber Choir (www.paros.am), Unison NGO (www.unison.am), Vanadzor Arts School (www.vanadzormusic.org), Manana Youth Center (www.mananayouth.org), Vanadzor Museum of Fine Art (www.vanart.org) and the Ghoghanj Children’s Center (www.childrenscenter.am).) These organizations serve as leaders in their respective fields of children, people with disabilities and the arts. Foundation support often comes in the form of organizational operating funds, office space and organizational resources, and mentoring. The mission is to help these organizations and their leaders to attract financial, human, and physical resources to their respective causes.
The Paros Foundation underwrites all administrative expenses allowing 100% of donor contributions to go directly to the projects. Donations to The Paros Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
To sponsor a project of the Paros Foundation’s 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity, please visit www.parosfoundation.org.