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…

Valerik 1*. Taron Marukyan

Botaas (boot), Gizmon, Rayno, Serik (greyish), Reejeek (redhead), Zerteek (trinket)- these are a few names of COAF SMART Drawing Instructor Taron Marukyan’s cats. He has nine of them, and none of their names is chosen by chance.  The first cat that appeared in Taron’s house was Rayno’s mother, Zerteek. “I was living alone in Yerevan,…

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…

Part of a big family: COAF Alumni Association

To understand COAF’s impact on the lives of its people, sometimes it’s just enough to talk to COAF Alumni. Time passes quickly, and our alumni, who once were COAF kids, choose professions, start new initiatives, develop their hobbies while amazing us with their success stories.  Despite the 16 years of on-the-ground experience and the continuous…

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…

Korioun Khatchadourian Appointed as Head of COAF Armenia

Yerevan, 15․01․2019 – Mr. Korioun Khatchadourian appointed as the new Managing Director of The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to lead the organization through its next phase of innovation and growth. Effective 8 January, 2019 Mr. Korioun Khatchadourian leads the Armenia-based team to build upon COAF’s core development areas, namely the novel COAF SMART initiative,…