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Short Term Impact

In the short-term, 180 children will receive immediate support and guidance to help them succeed for the second year. The Center will continue offering nutritious meals, bathing facilities, counseling opportunities, homework aid and tutoring and core classes including English, Computer, Art/Design, and Math.

Long Term Impact

In the long term, with the success of the Center's current offerings, additional classes and programs will be added and attendance will rise. The number of children growing up in poverty in the future will decrease as the number of children successfully graduating from our program and continuing onto college or successful vocations increases. The number of "social orphans" and children temporarily residing in boarding schools in Gyumri will be reduced as parents become increasingly able to keep their children at home given the humanitarian support they receive at the center. Through ongoing employment opportunities created, several families will continue to receive a fair wage, hence improving Gyumri's economy.

Project Budget: $77,000
Amount Needed: $16,065

Start Date: April 2019

End Date: March 2020

Full Description

To date, the center has already had several important successes. At least six children have been taken out of boarding schools, attend our center and now live back at home with their families. Many of the children who were receiving poor grades in school are now achieving top scores. The children have become socially well adjusted and much more healthier than before with the continued consumption of multi-vitamins and a daily well-balanced meal. Staff trainings have begun with an academic counsel of professionals from the United States and Armenia to ensure that the children are receiving the best care, treatment and methods for their development.

The center is working on funding year four and raising additional funds in order to develop and add to the programs and classes offered with the ability to hire more educators, and get more supplies, and equipment. Funds will also be used to supplement daily activities, hold forums for guest speakers and provide educational and career planning opportunities. $70,000 is needed to cover operating costs for the Center. In January of 2017, Debi Arach successfully launched its first program within its Vocational Training Center, teaching children computer programming, 3d printing and robotics curriculum. The goal of this newest component is to provide these children with marketable job skills in order to help them work themselves out of poverty.


Thousands of children in Gyumri are living in extreme poverty, with no hope for a decent future. These socially vulnerable children are in need of a safe and enriching environment where they can receive additional guidance through social, psychological and academic support giving them a chance to break their cycle of poverty. The children's center will continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend after school and summer school programs providing them with the additional skills necessary for a successful future.

Additionally, these children suffer from malnutrition and related illnesses due to a lack of well-balanced meals. The center will continue to provide each child with a nutritious meal everyday, helping them receive the calories and/or nutrients they need.

Furthermore, many families were forced to take refuge in overseas shipping containers (domiks), or in condemned buildings after the devastating 1988 Spitak Earthquake or due to their poor socioeconomic status. An entire generation of children has grown up in deplorable conditions, often times with no running water and little or no heat to take showers. The Center will address this very important hygienic need by continuing to provide the children in attendance with supervised new bathing facilities.


  • Ajemian Foundation (2018) - MI, USA

  • Anonymous  (2019)

  • Anonymous  (2019) - CA, USA

  • Cultural Society of Armenians from Istanbul (2019 ) - MI, USA

  • Dadourian Foundation (2018) - NY, USA

  • Dr. Annet Arakelian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Dr. Razmik Ohanjanian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Dr. Vahe Antanesian (2019 ) - CA, USA

  • Drs. Matthew & Annette Davis (2019 ) - PA, USA

  • Economic Development Resources (2018) - NY, USA

  • Hairapetian & Hairapetian (2018 ) - CA, USA

  • Holy Trinity ACYOA Juniors (2018) - MA, USA

  • Leona’s Gummy Vitamins (2019) - USA/UAE

  • Mr. & Dr. Hamlet & Ani Azarian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ara & Valerie Cherchian (2018) - WI, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Arka & Nelly Kargodorian in memory of Kaloust Christianian (2018 ) - CA, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Claude & Audrey Ohanesian (2019) - IL, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Kim & Gena Willard (2019) - PA, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Mark & Charlene Asdourian (2018) - CA, USA

  • Mr. & Mrs. Stephan & Kristina Findikyan (2019) - NY, USA

  • Mr. Albert Avedissian (2018) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Albert Avedissian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Albert Hayrabedian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Alec Gurgenian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Armen Abnous (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Arthur Hovanessian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mr. Roupen Dechkounian (2019) - MA, USA

  • Mr. Sevag Melkonian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Mrs. Anahid Belovi (2019 ) - PA , USA

  • Mrs. Terez Daibyan-Kazanjian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Ms. Anais Stepanian (2019) - CA, USA

  • Ms. Arisdelsy Cuevas (2019) - NV, USA

  • Ms. Arpi Manukyan (2019 ) - CA, USA

  • Ms. Becka Fabian (2019) - CA , USA

  • Ms. Jeanette Derhagopian (2019) - PA, USA

  • Ms. Maria Cozette (2019) - CA, USA

  • Ms. Rosalind Mashoian (2018) - CA, USA

  • Ms. Yana Goykhman (2019) - CA, USA

  • Sarkisian Family (2019 ) - MI, USA

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