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The Paros Foundatıon Launches Initiative to Commemorate The Centennial of The Armenıan Genocıde Wıth Paros 100 for 100

Yerevan, Armenia – The Paros Foundation, based in Berkeley, California, launched a new initiative called the Paros 100 for 100 Projects for Prosperity. Paros 100 for 100 will facilitate the implementation of 100 charitable projects in Armenia funded primarily by the Diaspora community working with local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners.

“As the international community mobilizes to solemnly commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the staff and volunteers of The Paros Foundation, along with our NGO partners, stand ready to implement 100 projects over the next three and a half years to help strengthen the Armenian Nation and improve the lives of our brothers and sisters in Armenia.” Said Peter Abajian, Executive Director of The Paros Foundation. “Our people annually remember what we lost, this effort aims to memorialize those losses by empowering those who live.”
The Paros 100 for 100 is focused in four broad categories:
•          Development — projects providing people the opportunity to work and care for their families and to the development of civil society, transparency and a stronger democracy in Armenia.
•          Education — Ensure the intellectual development of future generations with new technology assistance to students and their schools.
•          Cultural — Preserve and promote Armenia’s rich heritage and culture.
•          Humanitarian — Improve the lives of the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
Individuals, families, groups and organizations are invited to participate through sponsoring a project, submitting a potential project for inclusion, and even volunteering. To facilitate the sponsorship of the Paros 100 for 100, a new section on The Paros Foundation website was launched today detailing projects which are available for sponsorship, and inviting the community and NGOs in Armenia to submit their own projects or ideas. The website address is www.paros-foundation.org/paros100. The site will be continuously updated as additional projects are added and projects become sponsored and implemented.
“Directly supporting a project that contributes to the development of Armenia, and helps improve the lives of its citizens has never been easier. People can quickly identify a project area, obtain additional information and determine the benefits of the specific project all within a matter of a few clicks on the website. I encourage the community to visit the website frequently to view newly listed projects and progress on existing projects.” Said Abajian. “All project sponsors will be invited to participate on Paros Foundation led trip to Armenia in April, 2015 to commemorate the centennial of the Armenia Genocide and to visit several of the Paros 100 for 100 projects.”
Donations to The Paros Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. The Paros Foundation is a 501(c)3 Private Foundation.
To learn more about the Paros 100 for 100 please visit www.paros-foundation.org/paros100 or contact The Paros Foundation at (310) 400 – 9061 US or (091) 426 – 120 Armenia, or via email at peter@paros-foundation.org.
About The Paros Foundation
Officially launched in 2006, The Paros Foundation has identified and partnered with 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 comes in the form of organizational operating funds, office space and organizational resources and mentoring. The mission is to help these modest size projects manage their growth and attract more financial, human, and physical resources to their respective causes.
Peter Abajian [peter@paros-foundation.org]

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