Migration from city to village

Migration from city to village 19 March 2020 By Nane Vardanyan Photos by Knar Babayan 4 min read Roosters’ “Cuckodoodle doo!” in the morning, fresh air, and the sound of silence – a few luxuries of Armenian village life, yet unfamiliar to many urban citizens. People living most of their lives in the country might not…

Life formula of 10 COAF women

Life formula of 10 COAF women 12 March 2020 By Nane Vardanyan 4 min read At COAF, 69% of our staff members and 44% of the leadership team are women. The worthwhile input they have in strengthening our mission, in our daily operations, and the feminine touch in working with children and their environment has…

Valerik 1*. Taron Marukyan

Valerik 1*. Taron Marukyan 27 February 2020 By Knar Babayan, Photos by: Knar Babayan 4 min read Botaas (boot), Gizmon, Rayno, Serik (greyish), Reejeek (redhead), Zerteek (trinket)- these are a few names of COAF SMART Drawing Instructor Taron Marukyan’s cats. He has nine of them, and none of their names is chosen by chance. The…

The theater girl dreaming of a time machine

The theater girl dreaming of a time machine 20 December 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 2 min read 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. “Theater is very similar…

A young physician helping rural children

A young physician helping rural children 3 May 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read Lernik Ohanjanian is a physician and scientist, specializing in kidney cancer immunotherapy and targeted therapy. She was born in Tehran, Iran, went to high school there, and then her family moved to Yerevan, Armenia, where she…

Three passions of Houry Gebeshian

Three passions of Houry Gebeshian 1 May 2019 By Tatevik Oganessian, Photos by: Knar Babayan 3 min read Twelve-year-old Grigor Arsenyan is a COAF SMART Center student from Vahagni community. Last weekend Grigor and dozens of other children from nearby communities arrived at the SMART Center to meet Houry Gebeshian, a famous Armenian-American gymnast. The…