There lives an artsy schoolgirl in the smallish village of Aragatsavan. She dreams of Italy, is a big fan of Gyumri, and draws at her home yard almost every day.
Paints, brushes, parts of toy cars, engines, ping pong balls, ice-cream sticks, various chargers, and other weird and incredible items lay on Ashot Harutyunyan’s work desk.
“The most powerful resource Dalarik village has is neither its agricultural lands nor its location. Dalarik is unique for its strong individuals,” says Lilith Hakobyan, the COAF Education Programs Manager and a former inhabitant of Dalarik village of the Armavir Province.
Raspberry has become a unique symbol at COAF apart from being the juicy appetizing fruit that decorates our summer tables.
About six months ago, when we were switching to quarantine life, we would hardly imagine it would take us almost 180 days to get the green light of leaving our “home offices” – living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens, to return to the office.
On top of one of the mountains of the Lori region, stands a village called Mets (means big) – Mets Ayrum. During the 1980-90s, it became the new home for newcomers from Gandzak, Baku, Getashen, Kushch, Shahumyan, Erkej, Zhurnabad, and other habitats.
The road to Aragatsavan village school is not an ordinary one. While the majority of roads in Armenia are paved with asphalt, this one is a stone road reconstructed by COAF and the local authorities in 2011.
What motivated the 17-year old professional soccer player Rafik Zargaryan, who is interested in programming and economics, to engage in the Performing Arts Program? His answer is more than clear:
-Have you seen the Grand Canyon?
-Get in the car, you are going to see it, – says Suren, the Agritech program Instructor at the COAF SMART Center.
Here we are at the auditorium of Aragatsavan village School #2, which was in the process of renovation back in 2016.
Myasnikyan village school didn’t have a bathroom until almost a decade ago. To “use the bathroom”, children had to leave the building and walk towards a smallish shelter that was built on that purpose. The decaying building lacked electricity, running water, and heat.
If you’re surrounded by mountains, the spring water is fresh and cool, there are cabbage, carrot, and potato fields all over the area, it means you’re in Sarnaghbyur village of the Shirak region.