Project: The Nork Orphanage Play Area-Ari's Playground (completed)
       
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Project Name Nork Orphanage Play Area
Full Description

The Nork Orphanage houses approximately 80 infants and toddlers, from newborns to six years of age. The facility is located in the Nork area of Yerevan approximately 15 minutes from the city center. The orphanage is in need of an appropriate play area for the children that can provide them with a safe environment in which they can play and interact with one another, with staff, and with perspective adoptive parents.

A 25 x 25 meter (approximately 7,000 square feet) outdoor space is prime for the addition of a small wading pool, water features, flower garden and seating area. This area would give the children need summer relief during the hot weather and create a very nice space for the children, the staff and perspective adoptive parents to spend time.

The scope of work in this space includes constructing two water features (sprinkling type), a small wading pool (about 140 square feet) with filtration system, the addition of benches, flowerbeds, walkways and landscape.

Need Children need a safe and secure environment in which to play and interact with one another. The Nork Orphanage is generally in good repair, but lacks an outdoor space that can provide a safe play space and relief from the hot summers.
Category Humanitarian
Start Date April 5, 2012
End Date 3 months from start date for completion of construction.
Region Yerevan
City/Village  Nork
Partner/s  Nork Orphanage
Sponsor/s Open to the public
Project Budget $10,000
Amount Needed $0
Short Term Impact

The short-term impact of this project will be the employment of a construction team to build the outdoor space and the immediate benefit for the local economy.

Long Term Impact The long-term benefit of creating this outdoor play space will be realized through the increased happiness of the children, staff and perspective adoptive parents, who will have an environmentally friendly, safe and beautiful space to enjoy during the non-winter months. Additional benefits will be realized through the cultivation of a vegetable garden, which will provide the children fresh vegetables and will augment the orphanage's food budget.
Sponsor Benefit Your sponsorship of the Nork Orphanage Play Area will be recognized with a commemorative plaque installed at the Play Area, 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 and tour the Orphanage when you are in Armenia.
Link

www.tomandlaurenshow.com/paros/index.htm
www.easyreadernews.com/42189/raising-ariana/
www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20096701

 

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The Paros Foundation,
918 Parker Street, A14,
Berkeley, CA  94710



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Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of this project:

2013
Dan & Jacqueline Lion & Family (CA-USA)
Harry Mahakian (CA-USA)
Chuck & Lisa Sansone (MI-USA)
Peter & Houry Abajian (CA-USA)
Lina Zheleznyak (CA-USA)
Rosalind Mashoian (CA-USA)
Joyce Sahyouni (Quebec-Canada)
Lilit Marzbetuny (CA-USA)
Marina Israelyan (CA-USA)
Natalie & Emma Azizian (CA-USA)
Nanar Boursalian (CA-USA)
Chris Charekian (CA-USA)
Stephanie Charekian (CA-USA)
Raffi Gharakhanian (CA-USA)
Kevin Kestekyan (CA-USA)
Ani Kevorkian (CA-USA)
Nareh, Ani & Maneh Megerdichian (CA-USA)
George Papazian (CA-USA)
Ando Sargsyan (CA-USA)
Talar Sarkissian (CA-USA)
Armen & Ruth Sedrakian (CA-USA)
Sofia Vartanian (CA-USA)
Shake & Ani Yeni-Komshian (CA-USA)
Alec Yerganian (CA-USA)
Sarko Cherekdjian
Lee Armen (CA-USA)
Linda Abrahamians (CA-USA)
Pamela Abaci (CA-USA)
John Haleblian (CA-USA)

2012
Silverado Senior Living (CO-USA)
Mr & Mrs. Lee Armen (CA-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. James Bohan (CA-USA)
Brooke Biscay (CA-USA)
Carrie Odorizzi (CA-USA)
Kristin Anderson (CA-USA)
Sandra Sherman (USA)
Susan Reichel (CA-USA)
Linda Benecke (CA-USA)
Ken Arsenian (CA-USA)
Linda Wright (CA-USA)
Ellen Wright MI-USA
Joan Wright (CA-USA)
Loretta Condley (CA-USA)
Maureen Griffin (CA-USA)
Kathy Stapel (CA-USA)
Mary Hewitt (CA-USA)
Brenda Newman (CA-USA)
The Jewelry Source (CA-USA)
TF Educational Foundation (CA-USA)
Victor & Lea Wagoner (CA-USA)
Elizabeth Diels (CA-USA)
Jeffrey Bogosian (CA-USA)
Thomas Judge (CA-USA)

2011
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Spiglanin (CA-USA)
Linda Benecke (CA-USA)
Joan Wright (CA-USA)
Patricia Spiglanin (CA-USA)
Jennifer Cech (CA-USA)
Zahid Mitha (CA-USA)
Camille Fremed (CA-USA)
Vasken Laurancian (CA-USA)
Rebecca Jessop (CA-USA)
Janet Sakurai (CA-USA)
Jane Mahakian (CA-USA)
Mr. & Mrs. Bohan (CA-USA)
Raffi Simonian (CA-USA)
Susan Torosian (CA-USA)
Harry Mahakian (CA-USA)
Robert Tusan (CA-USA)
Daniel Garcia (CA-USA)
Linda Benecke (CA-USA)
Lee Armen (CA-USA)
Dorothy Stolken (CA-USA)
Sari Vartanian (CA-USA)
Silvia Martinez-Campos (CA-USA)
Hratch Khedesian (CA-USA)
Vasken Manouelian (CA-USA)
Assadour Kizirian (CA-USA)
Houry Abajian (CA-USA)
Jill Buchholz (CA-USA)
Kevork Khedesian (CA-USA)
Vatche Khedesian (CA-USA)


This project needs $0 to be fully implemented. Please donate now!


Background

In 2009, Tom Spiglanin and Lauren Mahakian Spiglanin visited Nork Orphanage four times to adopt their daughter Arianna, or "Ari" (click here or here to read more about Arianna), finally bringing her home to the United States in August of 2009.

Tom and Lauren often took Arianna to the garden at the orphanage. This garden is essentially a dusty, dry outdoor area with a decrepit picnic bench under a grapevine-covered trellis. They couldn't help but imagine a better place for prospective parents to spend time with their child.

They also watched as the children, with beautiful and hopeful eyes, escaped from sweltering indoor heat by standing outside the main building, waiting a turn playing in a small wading pool that’s set up on the driveway. The hot, humid Armenian summers creates insufferable conditions in the facility.


Sponsor Benefits
Your sponsorship of the Nork Orphanage Play Area will be recognized with a commemorative plaque installed at the Play Area, 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 and tour the Orphanage when you are in Armenia.