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,…

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…

SMART Workshop with Tenny Adamian

Art activities are a terrific way for kids of all ages to express themselves creatively. Together with advanced engineering and entrepreneurship programs, art has a special place in the COAF SMART Citizenship Curriculum. The section includes programs of Drawing, Digital Drawing, and Performing Arts.  In addition to essentials or main courses, SMART citizens get to…

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…