The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that uses community-led approaches to reduce rural poverty, with a particular focus on children. Since the inception of its programs in 2004, COAF has funded and implemented education, health, social, and economic development programs serving more than 25,000 people in rural villages of Armenia. Each person impacted represents one of the more than one billion people living in poverty, and the methods used in Armenia can be replicated in other communities, where children are most vulnerable.
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Ambassador John Evans Completes his Adventurous Sail across the Atlantic in Support of COAF Kids
NEW YORK, NY – June 14, 2014 – Former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans, arrived in Portugal today after an adventurous sailing expedition on a 43 foot yacht Happy Destiny. This represented the very first trans-Atlantic crossing on a sailboat for Ambassador Evans, as well as his fellow crew members Ray Smith, Randal Wright and Don Kneedler. Happy Destiny departed from Portsmouth, VA, on May 3 making port in Bermuda and the Azores, and finally landing in southern Portugal having successfully completed a 3,260 mile journey. Read the full press release.
Make Armenia Healthy One Meal
Because Armenian public schools do not have a cafeteria system, children in Aragatsavan either go hungry, eat a small pastry or simply leave their campus to find food throughout the school day. Recent studies show that tooth decay in Armenia has hit epidemic proportions -- over 98% of rural children have signs of decay on their adult teeth.
COAF will include Aragatsavan's school in its highly successful cafeteria and brushodrome program by building a space on the campus where children can have a healthy hot meal and brush their teeth every day for a year. Partnering with One Armenia, COAF successfully raised money via IndieGoGo to help build a new cafeteria and brushodrome in Aragatsavan.
U.S. Congressional Delegation Meet with COAF Students in LernagogRead more.
Arteni School’s Afeyan Elementary Wing Opens with VivaCell-MTS Creativity Lab
Schoolchildren, parents and faculty in the village of Arteni celebrated the reopening of their school’s renovated elementary wing on Thursday, January 22, 2014. A key highlight of the new wing is an innovative technology-enhanced Creativity Lab sponsored by VivaCell-MTS. Read more.
Crowd Funding Creates Opportunities for Low Income Businesses: COAF Partners with FA Microloans in Support of its Beneficiary Farmers
Several months ago David Mnatsakanyan, a young Armenian living in the U.S. contacted the Armenian office of the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) with an interesting collaboration idea. David was looking for partners in Armenia, who would identify low-income borrowers to be supported by the funds they would raise. David founded FA Microloans, a nonprofit Microcredit organization that extends zero interest capital to low-income borrowers. Read more.