It’s 5 in the morning, and the sun is about to seize the smallish village of Lernagog in the smallest region of Armenia, the Armavir province, that mainly consists of agricultural lands.
In 2003, COAF Founder Garo Armen was driving in Karakert village of the Armavir Province without knowing that place would become his reason for starting COAF.
According to the “40 lies” of grandpa Valod describing the villages of the Lori region (this is how the people of Karinj named them), Karinj villagers eat honey a lot. Grandpa Valod is no longer alive, but his “40 lies” have widely spread across Lori.
From early spring to late fall every year, pairs of white storks descend onto Getashen and the nearby wetland-adjacent villages of the Armavir region.
There is a place in Armenia that won’t leave you indifferent, where you will listen to all the sounds of nature and won’t get enough of the views, fragrances, and feelings.
Lori region is the birthplace of many Armenian talents. Its 122 villages have different histories, myths, and characteristics labeled by themselves or their neighboring communities. Still, a few treasures are in common:
We are in one of the small and somewhat obscure villages hidden in the arms of the mountains of the Lori region. Welcome to Karinj, an Armenian village with a population of roughly 700 people.