Our Mission Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) works to secure a future for children in Armenia’s impoverished rural villages through improved education, healthcare, community life and economic conditions. Our programs create and sustain opportunities for growth and progress. Our Vision COAF envisions a world in which all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and in turn contribute meaningfully to their communities and to the world around them. Our Current Priorities In our work with the people in the rural villages of Armenia, we strive to ensure that no potential, no skill and no creativity goes to waste. As each village slowly rebuilds itself, its priorities change, as do ours. Currently, our top priorities are: Economic Development Since COAF’s inception, we have done much to repair the local infrastructure and restore basic living standards and human dignity to the villages. Economic development plays an enormous role in ensuring that these changes are sustainable and form the foundation for further achievements. Local Capacity Building Our goal is for each village to become self-reliant. In order for current progress to persist, a village must be able to sustain itself by relying on its own resources: human, financial and natural. People in COAF villages develop their skills and learn their rights and obligations as citizens as well as the obligations of the Armenian government. They learn to trust each other and to make their voices heard. Networking Human relationships are critical to knitting a society together and moving it forward. COAF creates professional, social and cultural networks that connect people within and among villages. These networks create more opportunities for teamwork and facilitate more ingenious or wider-ranging solutions to problems. Such shared knowledge and experiences are vital to developing trust among villagers. Expansion Since 2004, our programs have yielded remarkable results. With your help to grow resources, we can scale up our initiatives. To that end, we carefully document and evaluate our experiences and programs. We believe that collaboration with like-minded organizations within and beyond Armenia would allow us to provide more villages and people with the tools and support they need for advancement.