by Nane Vardanyan

Strengthening families today for stronger communities tomorrow.

When, in 2015, COAF completely renovated a school in Hatsik village (Armavir province), the dwellers called it the “the beginning of a new life.” In 2021, another new beginning became possible for the people of Hatsik.

On September 10, COAF opened a multiservice Child and Family Services Center, offering all its social and psychological services under one roof for the first time.

by Nane Vardanyan

However much you think you have prepared for your child’s first year of school, there is always something new to learn and adapt to. Attending school for the first time is a big occasion for the whole family. So, what’s the key to starting it off right?

Here’re a few tips from COAF psychologist Varsi Senekerimyan:

  • Create a positive image of the school.

Children often perceive things the way grown-ups pack them. Therefore, it is essential not to create the sense that school puts an end to the playtime and activities kids love most. …

by Nane Vardanyan

The new academic year presumes many rural Armenian youths moving to Yerevan, Gyumri, or Vanadzor (the cities where most state universities are located) to start university in their preferred professional field.

Aghunik Shambaryan, a COAF SMART student from the town of Alaverdi, is one of them. Already an alumna, she considers her three-year journey of SMART the most fruitful chapter of her life. “I gained so much: from knowledge to networking.”

It’s been a few days since Aghunik moved to Yerevan to study at the Armenian State Pedagogical University. …

by Nane Vardanyan

When revolving around the northern Lori region of Armenia, you’ll feel a solid contrast upon entering Tumanyan, a community with signature architecture, maintained roads, and crowded streets. Previously a village, Tumanyan has received a status of a town since 1995.

The unique architecture: multi-floor stone buildings have been “gifted” to the city by German residents since the 2nd World War. Locals say Germans moved to Tumanyan to work at the local brick factory that produced fireproof bricks to import to Russia.

by Nane Vardanyan

In 2021, COAF reimagined what an Armenian village can be like. We came up with an innovative rural development model called “SMART village”․ If you follow our work, you may have heard about Debet village of the Lori region, the first community we implement our SMART village model in. Now, let’s wrap up the works of the first half of 2021 in Debet.

Digitized public services

COAF strives to create an environment that facilitates digital innovation in rural areas. Towards this, the official website of Debet,

by Nane Vardanyan

If you know COAF, you most probably know our Anahit Hakobyan, COAF’s Village Programs Manager, whose COAF story began no more no less than seven years ago.

And if you know her well enough, you’ll confirm she’s a big fan of board games, a logical thinker, and a true blue “Friends” series lover!

Anahit manages a team of 40 people. She says, to her, COAF has long been more than just a workplace. “I realized COAF was part of my life when I started to think about it in the evenings and have dreams in work-related scenarios.”

by Nane Vardanyan

Ten months have passed since the outbreak of the war in Artsakh. Still the war hardly concluded in the lives of so many families. In the aftermath of tragic events, thousands of families lost their homes and loved ones, had difficulty making a living, providing their kids with education, and taking care of their health properly.

These circumstances prompted COAF to step outside of its traditional scope of work and secure permanent housing for displaced Artsakhians. As the first phase of the project, 13 families receive fully renovated and refurbished homes in COAF-supported communities. In June and…

by Nane Vardanyan

Dali, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Vahrad, and Taron are among the favorite artists of COAF SMART student Garik Varosyan. While you most probably know the first three names very well, Taron Marukyan and Vahrad Melikjanyan are the two creative-minded instructors teaching Drawing and Digital Drawing at the COAF SMART Center.

Half serious, half playful, the passion for drawing grew inside Garik and turned from amateur level to professional thanks to the input of Taron and Vahrad. …

by Nane Vardanyan

We all know Yerevan is called “the pink city”. But is there a pink village?

On the rocky uplands of the Shirak region of Armenia lies Vardakar village that has many pink stones (vard= rose, kar=stone). Home to about 700 people, Vardakar is believed to have ancient remains, already discovered or still in need to undergo excavation.

by Nane Vardanyan

“Everything has its own time” is also true for the period children begin to improve their social or communication difficulties. “Indeed, timing is an important factor for overcoming speech difficulties. The younger the child, the faster the nervous system absorbs changes, just like a sponge,” explains COAF speech therapist Marusya Bazinyan, who’s worked with COAF beneficiaries since 2014.

But what if there is no speech therapist, psychologist, or social worker in a village? When will these children’s turn come to be offered what is considered a basic human right in the modern world?


Child development centers…

Children of Armenia Fund

Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) is a non-profit organization that employs community-led approaches aimed at improving the quality of life in rural Armenia.

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