Welcome to the January edition of COAF Monthly Digest! As we kick off the new year, we are excited to share the inspiring journey we’ve had so far and the promising ventures that lie ahead.
BREAKING GROUNDS, BUILDING DREAMS
Reflecting on COAF’s transformative journey over 20 years, we’re excited to announce a new chapter in Armavir. Thanks to a generous donation from Hagop Youredjian, the COAF Child and Family Center, the first component of the SMART Campus, will soon rise in Myasnikyan village.
On January 17, the groundbreaking ceremony for the center took place, attended by Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Tatevik Stepanyan; Governor of Armavir David Khudatyan; Mayor of Armavir Varsham Sargsyan; Hagop Youredjian, founder of the Youredjian Family Charitable Foundation—a steadfast supporter of COAF; Ara Barsam, Global Executive Director of COAF; and Liana Ghaltagchyan, Managing Director.. In just a few months, our expanded team will offer a diverse range of child development programs and services for over 3,000 children across 14 communities in the Armavir region.
RESUMING SMART PROGRAMS IN THE SNOWY DEBET
Waking up from a restful holiday slumber, we’re diving back into action with our SMART programs amidst the snow-covered landscapes of Debet. As the year began, we reconnected with parents and children who, having been displaced from Artsakh, have found a new home in COAF beneficiary communities in Lori. They’ve enthusiastically embraced our SMART adaptation program and are actively participating in the initiatives within the framework of COAF’s project H.O.P.E. This year holds the promise of numerous rich and multi-level projects, all designed to nurture the talents of our students!
FINDING H.O.P.E. IN DEBET
COAF’s Project H.O.P.E. is reaching new heights of excitement, all thanks to our invaluable partner, HSBC Armenia. Through this successful collaboration, two large families, Mikaelyan and Babayan, displaced from Artsakh, recently received fully renovated houses in the Lori region. These homes now boast all the essential amenities, ensuring a comfortable and dignified life for these deserving families.
WINTER BLISS AT CONCEPT BY COAF
Discover the unparalleled charm of winter in the Lori region, Armenia, with Concept by COAF, the largest social enterprise. As the landscape transforms under a blanket of snow, creating a serene and picturesque setting, seize the opportunity to embark on unforgettable experiences.
Concept by COAF welcomes you to a warm atmosphere, inviting you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Our cozy rooms provide the perfect retreat, allowing you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the winter wonderland outside.
A THROWBACK TO COAF’S 20TH ANNUAL GALA
The memories of the 20th annual COAF Gala still warm our hearts. Experience the vibrant atmosphere at New York’s Cipriani Hall that evening and feel the excitement of uniting around a shared idea by watching our recap video.
On January 11, International Thank You Day allowed us to express our deepest gratitude to the incredible individuals who make a world of difference in the lives of rural Armenia’s children. To our donors, supporters, dedicated COAF team, and the inspiring kids brightening our days, thank you for your unwavering commitment and support.
Stay tuned for more updates on our transformative journey. Together, let’s make 2024 a year of positive change and endless possibilities!