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…

Witnessing the war in Lebanon, traveling the world, helping thousands of people, and volunteering in rural Shirak: 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…

Tehran – Yerevan – Boston – rural Armenia… A young physician’s journey towards helping children in villages

Lernik Ohanjanian is a physician and scientist, specializing in kidney cancer immunotherapy and targeted therapy. She was born in Tehran, Iran, went to high school there, and then her family moved to Yerevan, Armenia, where she studied at Yerevan Medical University. Later, she went on with her studies in the USA and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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…

Komitas, Hover, COAF SMART…

 “One of the most significant goals of COAF is presenting high culture to members of rural communities, broadening their mind. Hover, one of the most professional choirs of our country, represents the best values that we want to convey.” That’s how COAF Partnerships and Events Manager Irina Igitkhanyan commented on the importance of the concert…