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Vahan Karian – Terchoonian Home Orphanage

Business consultant Vahan Karian oversees a cosmetic surgery center and weight loss groups in Marco Island, Florida. In philanthropic matters, Vahan Karian contributes to Terchoonian Home Orphanage.

Located in Gyumri, Armenia, Terchoonian Home Orphanage has cared for children for over a decade. It was created in 2003 by a grant from Vahan Terchoonian, a Turkish refugee who resided in Gyumri before moving to the United States. This donation, plus the volunteer efforts of people in the community, enabled the organization to transform a Soviet military headquarters that was damaged by an earthquake into a home for more than 70 youths and a staff of more than 50.

Over the past several years, Terchoonian Home Orphanage has raised money to build a high school. Teenagers and young adults face different educational and personal challenges than children, and the organization recognized the importance of developing a safe place for them to continue their studies. It will feature a library, a recreational facility, and classrooms. To donate to this cause, visit

Terchoonian Home Orphanage plans to name the facility after renowned Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Raised in an orphanage himself, Dink supported the orphanage and regularly visited it before being assassinated in 2007. The impact of his death continues to affect people around the world, and in June 2014 the European Court of Human Rights issued a decision ordering an investigation into the killing to determine the involvement of the Istanbul Police Department.


Terchoonian Home Orphanage and Terchoonian Children’s Home Foundation

Over the course of almost 20 years, founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc., Vahan Karian grew the successful enterprise to 800 stores. Currently CEO of a business consulting firm, Vahan Karian supports the work of Terchoonian Home Orphanage. Located in Gyumri, Armenia, Terchoonian Home Orphanage opened in 2003. On the site of a former orphanage managed by Near East Relief, Terchoonian Home now houses 74 children, with 54 staff members dedicated to the children’s welfare.

A year after its establishment, orphanage volunteers received nonprofit charitable status as the Terchoonian Children’s Home Foundation. The foundation exists to raise funds and provide supplies to the Armenian orphanage. So far, Terchoonian Children’s Home Foundation donations have resulted in sending 15 shipments of such necessities as clothing, school supplies, and sports equipment. Foundation workers maintain a mission to meeting every emotional, physical, and spiritual need of Terchoonian Home’s orphans. Comprised of volunteers who work in donated office space, the foundation’s donations go directly to the orphanage.