The Roads Leading to Ararat and Island Peak

“Why do people climb mountains, after all? Why do they risk their lives?” a COAF SMART Center student asked Gevorg Gasparyan, a mountaineer and a hiking expert. Two months earlier Gevorg had climbed the Island Peak, a challenging mountain with an altitude of 20,305 ft in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. “That is one of the most…

The Story of a Retired Armenian Nurse

Meet Elise Yacoubian, a retired nurse from California that has volunteered for Children of Armenia Charitable Fund. “I have always liked nursing. It’s my passion. When I worked as a nurse, I didn’t even want the working day to end,” she says. Elise has always been a sporty and adventurous person. “I used to be…

Three Passions of Houry Gebeshian

Twelve-year-old Grigor Arsenyan is a COAF SMART Center student from Vahagni community. Last weekend Grigor and dozens of other children from nearby communities arrived at the SMART Center to meet Houry Gebeshian, a famous Armenian-American gymnast. The meeting was organized in the framework of SMARTConnects..   The kids were excited to learn that Houry was…