The Theater Girl Dreaming of a Time Machine

Meet Lilit Madatyan, 15, from Sarnaghbyur. She hardly knew anything about theatrical art before joining the COAF project My Theater in Sarnaghbyur. “I, technically, knew nothing about that area,” she admits. “Theater is very similar to cinematography. However, there are lots of differences as well. It’s a totally unique world for me, much more serious…

You should always fight for a child’s life and never give up

Meet Manushak Avagyan, 25, a medical graduate from Lernagog and a Yerevan-based Yeolyan Hematology Center resident. Also, she is a member of COAF Alumni Association. Manushak doesn’t remember exactly when COAF came to Lernagog but she remembers the renovation of the local school. “However, it’s not just about infrastructure renovations,” she says. “Educational programs and…

Gold can be found in the Mountains…

“Some children think that eggs and cheese grow on trees,” says Artush Khachatryan, jokingly. Artush is the founder of Sareri Bariq (Mountain Goods) social enterprise. “Of course, young people living in villages know a lot about agriculture. However, they hardly ever realize what kind of treasures can be found in their own communities, right under…

Raspberry Fields Forever…

Is there anything common between a school principal, a garment factory mechanic and a chemistry teacher? Yes, all of them live in Yeghegnut community in Lori region and are involved in an effective backyard farming project conducted by COAF in partnership with UNDP – GEF Small Grants Program. The Sustainable Income through Effective Household Management project was…

Komitas in English at SMART

  That Thursday afternoon at SMART was a bit different than others, i.e. the SMART students aged 6-18 were at SMART yet, therefore the SMART center was not yet full and crowdy, but engaging beats coming from the amphitheater were calling everyone. As it appeared, it was Sebu Simonian with his charming wife rehearsing before……