Over 400 guests from around the world gathered at New York City’s renowned Cipriani 25 Broadway in support of the 16th Annual Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) Holiday Gala on December 14.
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.
“Beauty will save the world…” Almost all of our COAF SMART Center Russian language students were familiar with the famous line that comes from Dostoevsky’s novel.
More than 100 participants representing local and international organizations, state and local authorities, as well as international experts and private entrepreneurs gathered at the COAF SMART Center in Debet.
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.
“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.
Is there anything common between a school principal, a garment factory mechanic and a chemistry teacher?
Borderline villages in Tavush often have poor quality of life and very basic educational opportunities for kids. To fill in that gap, COAF launched the project of SMART Rooms as part of the SMART Initiative to transform rural Armenia by leveraging technology and education.
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.
Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba – future SMART Citizens and guests of the COAF SMART Center shouted their favorite Latin dances during the 14th SMARTConnects event opening.
Recently our future SMART Citizens had a unique opportunity to enjoy an entertaining and inspiring show offered by the Beacons Project. About twenty young musicians joined us at our SMARTConnects event to talk about folk music and perform some of their pieces.
Recently, a parent said after a session at the COAF SMART Center, “My kid behaved badly, and I wanted to hit him… And then I remembered what miss Armine said and held back…”