Quarantine life: how we work and study from home

Every challenge is an opportunity to grow and excel. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the world has faced a tremendous challenge concerning health and safety, limiting social life and transportation. COAF educational programs have first been canceled and then switched to distance learning thanks to the management team and the instructors being agile enough to…

Adult education: learning together with kids

“I have changed a lot” is what we very often hear from COAF kids’ parents about the relationships with their children. COAF is committed to advancing every aspect of Armenia’s rural communities, and child and family services is one of our fundamental program pillars. Through advocacy-oriented initiatives, we empower the young generation and their families…

Gateway to the modern world: COAF SMART Rooms

If you made it here to read the blog, you most likely have electricity, Internet access, and a computer or a gadget. Hope you are also warm, safe and sound. Unfortunately, many rural communities in Armenia are devoid of such simple modern amenities, hence its members have to face challenges of connecting to the world,…

Migration from city to village

Roosters’ “Cuckodoodle doo!” in the morning, fresh air, and the sound of silence – a few luxuries of Armenian village life, yet unfamiliar to many urban citizens. People living most of their lives in the country might not realize the privilege of having abundant nature outside their door. Whether city life suits you just fine,…

Dreaming with daring Armenian women

Some people grow up having role models, some people grow up not desiring to be like someone else and reshuffle their deck to have better outcomes. In all cases, we meet people who inspire us and make an impact on the kind of person we become.  At the COAF SMART Center, we are doing the…

Life formula of 10 COAF women

At COAF, 69% of our staff members and 44% of the leadership team are women. The worthwhile input they have in strengthening our mission, in our daily operations, and the feminine touch in working with children and their environment has us appreciating them every single day. To get to know our very own outstanding women…

Young and brave: Shenik’s or TnaShen Anush

She advises young women not to be afraid to speak up, not to limit their dreams, at least in their minds, and not be apathetic to phenomena in their surroundings. She is from a small village in Armavir where she established her big dreams together with solid actions that impact her and the environment. Brightness…

Digital art։ mixing traditional with modern

COAF SMART is a hub of true digital natives. Digital Drawing is one of the oldest programs at SMART that has been available way before the SMART Citizenship Curriculum. In the curriculum learning format, it is one of the Art programs together with Performing Arts and Drawing. Digital drawing gives a contrast between the traditional…