They say the future belongs to those who prepare for it today. We prepare the youth of the COAF SMART Center for a better tomorrow by making a wide range of modern professions accessible to them.
Arriving at the office a bit earlier, taking a cup of warm tea, and getting mentally prepared to rock the day is COAF Alumna Lusvard Arakelyan’s “first self-given task” of an ordinary workday.
Ask Zardanashen village kids of Artsakh where they are from, and they’ll unanimously reply with a delightful smile on their face -“We’re from the prettiest village in the world!”
From ancient fortresses to impregnable heights, from dense forests to winding trails, from corners calling from the past to peaceful waters flowing to the future, COAF is here to show you an unknown world that you will discover in the Debed Canyon of the Lori region.
The COAF SMART Center, well-known by many as our business card, is home to over 1500 youngsters and adults from 27 communities of the Lori region. It is an innovative hub that unites people from dozens of villages that not only benefit from over 20 programs and services but also bring their culture, history, and unique perspectives with themselves.
The 45-day war in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) was an everyday battle of survival and a journey towards precious peace in every Armenian’s mind. Unfortunately, the price of peace is often high.
COAF-supported villages have new residents – people who are still in their homeland but dream of returning to their abandoned homes.
COAF’s team reflects the geography of Armenia and the diaspora. We have someone from everywhere. Knar is our Artsakh.
“Are there people who still bake bread in the tonir?”
“There are but very few. Let’s walk a bit. As soon as we smell a scent of freshly baked lavash, we will go towards it.”
War situations give rise to a great number of psychological problems. Losing a dear person or realizing their lives are at risk, fleeing homes by taking absolutely nothing, changing the environment, and living with a sense of uncertainty and fear affects human psychology.
The north-western Shirak Province of Armenia is well-known for Gyumri, the second-largest city and the cultural capital of Armenia. The region has over 120 villages, the names of which often reflect various elements of nature or are after a significant someone who was born in that village.
On September 27, Armenians woke up to war – perhaps to the first war for the younger generations and the most large-scale one for older generations who knew the bitter taste of it well.