The village of peaceful mornings: Dzoragyugh

The golden rays of the sun give a bright shade to the meadows and bluish green mountains far away. The villagers sip a cup of coffee as roosters’ Cock-A-Doodle-Doo breaks the early morning tranquility getting everyone in the mood to work.  If you find beauty in the little things, you will appreciate the way mornings…

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one village

What happens when several organizations gather for the same purpose and merge their resources towards one single mission – strengthen an Armenian village with all its different aspects? Armenian villages differ by their heartwarming environment, rustic nature, traditional cuisine, and candid, hospitable people speaking varied dialects. Just like all villages in Armenia, the ones in…

The girl who travels in her paintings: Iveta Sargsyan

There lives an artsy schoolgirl in the smallish village of Aragatsavan. She dreams of Italy, is a big fan of Gyumri, and draws at her home yard almost every day.  Meet 17-year-old Iveta Sargsyan, who started her COAF-journey from our Aflatoun social-financial education program in Aragatsavan village of the Aragatsotn region. “I studied about our…

People, the most powerful resource of Dalarik village

“The most powerful resource Dalarik village has is neither its agricultural lands nor its location. Dalarik is unique for its strong individuals,” says Lilith Hakobyan, the COAF Education Programs Manager and a former inhabitant of Dalarik village of the Armavir Province.  Growing up in the community that back then had no street lights, where the…

Mets Ayrum: Lori’s Tower of Babel

On top of one of the mountains of the Lori region, stands a village called Mets (means big) – Mets Ayrum. During the 1980-90s, it became the new home for newcomers from Gandzak, Baku, Getashen, Kushch, Shahumyan, Erkej, Zhurnabad, and other habitats.   Mets Ayrum reminds The Tower of Babel in the most positive sense of…

The COAF story of Aragatsavan village

The road to Aragatsavan village school is not an ordinary one. While the majority of roads in Armenia are paved with asphalt, this one is a stone road reconstructed by COAF and the local authorities in 2011. “Stone roads require less maintenance, are more durable, work better for rural irrigation systems, and are more affordable,”…