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October 4, 2019

Bloomfield Hills, MI—Thanks to a generous second donation to underwrite the vocational training
programs at the Debi Arach Children’s Center in Gyumri from the Dr. Gary and Linda Assarian Family
Foundation, Debi Arach is proud to announce the naming of this program as the Assarian Vocational
Training Program.  

“My wife Linda and I visited Armenia and Debi Arach and gained an understanding of the economic
challenges facing people in Gyumri,” said Dr. Gary Assarian. “Our goal is to help people learn a skill
and successfully gain employment. We are excited to support Paros in these innovative programs and
their future plans.”

Launched in 2017 with generous support from the Assarian family, vocational training is an integral
component of the Debi Arach Children’s Center, helping future generations in Gyumri work themselves
out of poverty. The program launched with a high-tech focus teaching web-design and web
programming to young adults. Following classroom instruction in several course subjects, students
graduated into internships to obtain real world experience. More than half of the graduates are now
gainfully employed and utilizing their new skills in the workplace. These classes have continued with
more than 40 students to date. In August of 2019, a second focused vocational option was added to
include instruction for cosmetologists, hair stylists, make up artists and manicurists. This was aimed to
help young women find employment in the region and provide a much needed service to their
community. An additional 24 students are enrolled in these courses.

“Since we launched the Debi Arach Children’s Center in April of 2015, the more than 200 children and
young adults participating at the Center on a weekly basis are thriving,” said Peter Abajian, Executive
Director of The Paros Foundation. “We are making a significant difference in the lives of these families
and expanding our vocational training efforts is a natural step forward. It is a pleasure to work with the
Assarian family and we have significant plans for expanding the Assarian Vocational Training Program
at Debi Arach in the near future.” 


Debi Arach has notable successes to date beyond the vocational training programs, including reuniting children with their parents (who were leaving the children at orphanages or boarding schools), strong academic achievements, better overall health and successful career planning and job placement.





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