Armenian Lighthouse Charitable Foundation (previously known as Paros “Lighthouse” Armenian Charitable Foundation USA), was established in 2009 as a California non-profit Public Benefit Corporation. Lighthouse Foundation was established in 2006 in Yerevan, Armenia. The idea of “lighthouse” established in 1999 by friends and supporters of the Ghazarian Foundation, grew out of their concerns for Armenian women and children and the integrity of the Armenian family. The stark reality is that Armenian women are struggling to adapt to a changing world and experiencing great difficulties maintaining financial and familial stability. For Armenian women with little to no economic financial means, rearing children can be a very difficult task. These difficulties are exacerbated in the context of a violent and/or broken home, where negligence or abandonment of children often remain the only short term solution for Armenian mothers. The number of orphans in Armenia has been growing over the years, and it is no secret that orphanages are ill equipped to meet the demands and every day basic needs of the growing number of orphans. As painful as that may be to those of us in the Diaspora to hear, imagine how painful the lives of these Armenian women and children must be who have to survive such difficulties.