100 villages in 7 years: the COAF-story of Anahit Hakobyan 8 August 2021 By Nane Vardanyan 3 min read 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…
Many might relate that having an Armenian first name and introducing yourself when abroad can be challenging, of course, if your name isn’t Ann, Mary, or David.
Nairi comes from the country of colorful and hottest carnivals. “In Brazil, people say that the year starts with carnivals,” explains the young architect with pure Armenian. Carnivals take place in February, which is almost over.
“The future of the world is in your classroom” is mentioned in Meline Grigoryan’s recently published book about education management. She works with rural students and teachers with utmost care as she believes they are the core of a society.
COAF’s team reflects the geography of Armenia and the diaspora. We have someone from everywhere. Knar is our Artsakh.
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.
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.
Amid the pandemic, marches for social issues in the world, and the war on the border of Artsakh and Azerbaijan that started hours ago near the country we are writing this story from, things are happening worth sharing with you.
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.
-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.
He skillfully cuts the salad vegetables and puts them aside, then goes on to make zucchini cutlets. The roasted cauliflower has long been ready.
At 16, Artur-Ter-Simonyan first joined COAF volunteering as a postman. “I was eager to do any type of work just to keep myself busy and gain some experience,” he gets nostalgic.