The Singing Lawyer and the Rocking Teenagers

When the members of Salamanca Band arrived in the COAF SMART Center to take part in SMARTConnects, they immediately got surrounded by excited kids that were eager to try their musical instruments and take selfies with them. The Salamanca Band and Bugles of The Rifles is named after the Battle of Salamanca on July 22,…

The First Helicopter lands at COAF SMART Center

Children of Armenia Charitable Fund (COAF) launched a new promising partnership with Armenian Helicopters Air Company. The first helicopter landed at the COAF SMART Center located in Debet community, in Lori region of Armenia. “COAF SMART is an innovative center contributing to the development of rural communities. The partnership with Armenian Helicopters will make the…

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…

How to Clean Toothpaste off a Toothbrush

Satik Isahakyan, a Public Radio reporter from Armavir, recalls how she used to stop her niece’s nosebleeds. “I asked her to tilt her head back and packed her nose with tampons…It was not effective at all. Here is the right way to do it: you should lean forward, pinch your nose and place a cold…

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…

Grandpa Aghvan, Martin Luther King and Garo Armen

When many years ago little Aghvan Mnatsakanyan said he wanted to become a president, none of his family members laughed and none of them said it was impossible. And his grandpa, Aghvan Mnatsakanyan, Sr., encouraged him, stating that a child should get the best education in order to serve the homeland. Aghvan Mnatsakanyan, Sr, was…

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…