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.
As the new coronavirus spread in Armenia, just like the rest of the world, we at COAF had a digital transformation. The shift was at first challenging, but quite smooth as most of our management and communication tools rely on advanced tech platforms.
People often refer to doctors when they find themselves in deep water. It is a financial, a mentality, and health infrastructure issue not only in rural communities of Armenia but also in larger towns.
Married in Dsegh or the art of living a beautiful life 3 April 2020 By Nane Vardanyan 3 min read “Never had I thought I would one day live in Dsegh,” confesses the young mother, the devoted wife, and the woman, who has chosen a new living environment with her young family a little far…
Quarantine life: how we work and study from home 2 April 2020 By Nane Vardanyan 4 min read Every challenge is an opportunity to grow and excel. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the world has faced a tremendous challenge concerning health and safety, limiting social life and transportation. COAF educational programs have first been canceled…
From the pink city to the city that never sleeps 27 March 2020 By Nane Vardanyan 4 min read The working day winds down in Armenia but the COAF work cycle is everlasting. More than 5000 miles away from Yerevan, in the heart of New York City, our second office stands near the famous Flatiron…
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.
Some people grow up having role models, some people grow up not desiring to be like someone else and reshuffle their deck to have better outcomes. In all cases, we meet people who inspire us and make an impact on the kind of person we become.
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 us appreciating them every single day.
She advises young women not to be afraid to speak up, not to limit their dreams, at least in their minds, and not be apathetic to phenomena in their surroundings.
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.
Unfortunately, rural communities in Armenia are mostly devoid of entertainment places such as movie theaters, theaters, museums, and cafes. People need to pass a long way to reach the “guilty pleasures”.Unfortunately, rural communities in Armenia are mostly devoid of entertainment places such as movie theaters, theaters, museums, and cafes. People need to pass a long way to reach the “guilty pleasures”.