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,…

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…

The backstage life of a front stage actor

“How often do you go to the theater?” asks Narek Duryan.  “There are no theaters for us to attend,” a response comes from the audience…  Unfortunately, rural communities in Armenia are mostly devoid of entertainment places such as movie theaters, theaters, museums, and cafes. People need to pass a long way to reach the “guilty…

Welcome to Aren’s mini handmade factory  

You hear the buzzing and clanging sounds filling the room as Aren, 15, turns on the machines one after the other. Welcome to the mini-factory of Aren Bulghadaryan, a COAF SMART Musical Instruments student from Vahagni village. Unlike most machine factories, here everything is handmade and “made of pure imagination”. Aren has been a longtime…

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…

COAF SMART Center: Armenia’s New Tourist Destination

Armenia’s historic religious sites have long been a focus of visiting tourists, with hundreds of magnificent churches and historic monasteries dotting the picturesque landscape. But following the opening of the COAF SMART Center in 2018, Armenian tour operators have begun adding the Center to their itineraries, bringing tourists from around the world to one of…

COAF students meet tech innovator Alexis Ohanian

Visiting Armenia in April on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian toured COAF-supported villages in rural Armenia.   Ohanian visited Hatsik and Karakert villages, meeting with English-speaking students at the schools’ technology-enhanced Creativity Lab, which features electronic blackboards, modern computers, and mobile furniture. Ohanian met with students…