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8/5/2014 | Shant Amerkanian | COAF Supporter | Armenia
Thoughts After Visiting COAF Villages



Having the opportunity to come to Armenia for the first time is amazing. Seeing the lively city of Yerevan and its many attractions may give you the thought that the whole country is just as luxurious. However, try traveling just a couple minutes out of the city.  {read more}


3/25/2014 | COAF Staff | Armenia
World Water Day Celebrated through Joint Efforts of COAF, USAID’s CEWP and Arteni Children



Following the World Water Day celebrated worldwide on March 22, the community of Arteni hosted an environmental awareness event in the premises of the newly renovated village elementary school.  {read more}

3/18/2014 | Haig Boyadjian | COAF Staff | Armenia
COAF Kids Debating Their Way to the Nationals!



Debate clubs have played a significant role among teenage students since their inception by COAF in 2010. Today, close to 80 middle and high school students from four COAF-sponsored villages actively take part in their school debate clubs. {read more}


3/14/2014 | Haig Boyadjian | COAF Staff | Armenia
COAF Network of Rural Medical Practitioners Strengthening Local Capacity Efforts
 

A group of 22 physicians and nurses from 7 COAF-sponsored villages convened in the resort town of Dilijan to discuss transferring various health screenings and community health education programs currently administered by the COAF Health Team to local  medical practitioners. {read more}

 
3/11/2014 | Mira Mitri | COAF Volunteer | Armenia
Armenian-Canadian Doctor Mira Mitri
Reaching Out to Midwives in COAF Villages



As a family doctor in Canada, a lot of my work revolves around preventative care in all age groups, for both men and women. I also specialize in the care of pregnant women and in low-risk obstetrical deliveries. While visiting different Armenian villages with the COAF team, I was pleased to see how effectively preventative care has been implemented thus far. {read more}


2/20/2014 | Haig Boyadjian | COAF Staff | Armenia
Armenian Tree Project and COAF Continue Cooperation Into 2014

 

 

The Armenia Tree Project (ATP) and COAF are resuming cooperation this spring with extensive tree planting in the communities of Argina, Arteni, Karakert, Sardarapat and Shenik. In the fall of 2013, a total of 510 trees and 640 shrubs were planted... {read more}


2/11/2014 | Sosy Tatarian | COAF Intern | Armenia


A Summer in Armenia


I worked at the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) with my roommate, Kenar Charchaflian. Our main task for the summer was to develop a set of healthy lifestyle activities in the areas of personal and dental hygiene and nutrition for high school students participating in the COAF Summer Camps.  {read more}


2/3/2014 | Haig Boyadjian | COAF Staff | Armenia


COAF Takes Part in Roundtable Discussion Dealing With Protection of Child Rights


COAF Child and Family Support Program Manager Gayane Asatryan delivered a presentation at a special roundtable held on January 30, 2014, devoted to the second anniversary of the Child Protection Network’s registration in the Republic of Armenia. Asatryan spoke about the results of the research conducted by the Child Protection Network in regards to guardianship as an alternative family model.  {read more}


1/31/2014 | David Mnatsakanyan | Founder, FA Microloans | California


Microcredit with Impact: FA Microloans and COAF Partnership Aims to Bring Opportunity to Low-income Borrowers

Microcredit with Impact: FA Microloans and COAF Partnership Aims to Bring Opportunity to Low-income Borrowers

I founded FA Microloans with one simple mission – bring zero interest capital to low-income businesses in various countries. I started with my home country of Armenia because geographic, social, and economic factors made Armenia the perfect place to begin instituting FA Microloans Microcredit Program.  {read more}


1/23/2014 | Ani Jilozian | Public Health Practitioner | Armenia


Listening to Women’s Voices

Ani speaking at the American University of Armenia

Armenians like to note that the map of Armenia looks like the profile of a woman with a slender neck and long, wavy hair; thus, I find it apropos to have spent much of the last year in villages that make up the mouth of the Armenian woman, collecting stories with the hope of shedding light on issues concerning women’s reproductive health and giving a voice to these women. {read more}

 

 

1/13/14 | Rebecca Rosenbaum | COAF Staff | New York City


An Inspiration to Us All 
 

Nella delivering cookies
Nella Khachian is at it again! At just eleven years old, Nella has proven herself to be a dedicated supporter and advocate for COAF.  {read more}
 

 

12/10/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Staff | New York City


10th Annual Gala Student Superstars 
 

Please welcome to New York our talented young performers and staff from the Children of Armenia Fund! We're excited to have them speak and perform at our 10th Annual Holiday gala!  {read more}

 

  

12/02/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Staff | New York City


Scout Tufankjian Interview 
 

World renowned photographer Scout Tufankjian honored COAF by photographing the children in our villages, which will be featured in our 2014 Calendar! We had the pleasure of interviewing her about her experiences and about her upcoming presentation at our 10th Annual Holiday Gla on December 13th. {read more}
 
 

11/19/13 | Ani Djirdjirian | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


Summer Volunteering at COAF Armenia  
 

This past summer, Ani Djirdjirian, an Adelphi University of New York student, traveled to Armenia with the AGBU Yerevan Summer Internship Program to intern with COAF. Ani had a wonderful experience helping with the English Language Program in rural Armenia and was eager to share her story with us.  {read more} 

 

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11/03/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Staff | New York City


 Save a Generation - One Mile at a Time

 
 
 
Our very own Danielle Hacet finished the last stretch of her One Mile at a Time Marathon Campaign. Her goal was to run four half-marathons and two full-length marathons, and raise 100 dollars for every mile - a goal of $10,480! On November 3rd, 2013 she ran the last stretch of her campaign - the New York City Marathon - and far surpassed her fundraising goal. A few moments after she crossed the finish line, she was able to sit down and speak with me about what the race was like and what the campaign meant to her. {read more} 
 
To see photos from her marathon, check out our Facebook Page.  
 
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9/03/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Staff | New York City


How to Get Involved in the 2013 Back-to-School Drive

 
 
 
You're a young student, it's an early September morning, and the first day of school is today. Most of us when reminscing about the frist day of school, recall riding the school bus or a parent driving us in or maybe even having to make the chaotic decision of what outfit to wear. {read more} 
 
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5/06/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Volunteer | New York City


One Mile at a Time

 
 
 
When is the last time you challenged yourself and ended up doing exactly what you love? Danielle Hacet, one of COAF's staff here in NY, thought of a way to raise funds in a non-traditional manner. She is combining a number of her favorite things to create a new campaign. To check out the details and how you can help her achieve her goal, click here
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3/22/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Volunteer | Miasnikian


A Minute in Miasnikian

   

 

In this post, Samuel Armen revists and reflects his experiences in Miasnikian, and provides a short film that captures approximately one minute's worth of life in the village.  {read more}

 

   

3/19/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Volunteer | New York City


 A Thank You from Samuel Armen

The Bumpy Road Leading to Armenia: Stories Told by Wives of Migrant Workers  - See more at: http://coafkids.org/blog/the-bumpy-road-leading-to-armenia-stories-told-by-the-wives-of-migrant-workers/#sthash.fIGXlmmU.dpufA Thank You from Samuel Armen

 
In this post, Children of Armenia Fund volunteer Samuel Armen proposes a new definition for what 'COAF' means by adding a Verb part of speech to the abbreviation 'COAF'. {read more}
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3/15/13 | Ani Jilozian | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


The Bumpy Road Leading to Armenia: Stories told by Wives of Migrant Workers 

  

Children of Armenai Fund volunteer, Ani Jilozian continues her post from last week titled, Women, Demystified: Overcoming Myths in Armenia's Villages. In this post, Ani recounts two personal experiences that provide insight towards male worker migration and the many adverse affects it has on families in the rural regions of Armenia. {read more}

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3/13/13 | Taleen K. Moughamian | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


Taleen K. Moughamian's 'Our Bodies Ourselves' Article

  
 
Taleen K. Moughamian, a women’s health nurse practitioner in Philadelphia, traveled to Armenia to work with COAF in the fall of 2012. During her time in rural Armenia,Taleen conducted health exams, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, and provided contraceptive counseling. This essay originally appeared on Our Bodies Ourselves on February 6, 2013. {read more}
 

3/12/13 | Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | New York City


A Conversation with: Kelsey Anderson

 

 

   We are excited to introduce you to Kelsey Anderson, a Peace Corps volunteer who spent her first months living near other Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia, in the village of Kotayk Marz. In August 2011, she finished her intensive training period and moved to her permanent site of Karakert where she’d work in the Secondary School #1. We spoke to her recently about her experiences working as an English Teacher Trainer in rural Armenia. {read more}

3/08/13 | Ani Jilozian | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


Women, Demystified: Overcoming Myths in Armenia's Villages

 

Myths about women’s health make their way up and down gravel stone streets, traveling from the rocky mountainside to homes casted in concrete and tufa, meandering from the bedroom to the laundry line, whispered from neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend, sister to sister, mother-in-law to daughter-in-law.  Myths are a way of life in the remote villages of Armenia. {read more} 

3/05/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


The Past Corridor Continued

Still in Miasnikian traversing about, time-traveling through The Past Corridor, stepping outside, stepping inside, attempting to film each beautiful face as classes change, waving to children who try to study despite me waving a camera in their face and giving them the thumbs-up sign like a Western Borat… {read more}

2/28/13 | Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | New York City


Donor Spotlight: Narine Vartanian & Project Armenia
 
 
For our third installment of "Donor Spotlight" we are pleased to introduce you to Narine Vartanian and Project Armenia who have been raising money for people living in rural Armenia through a series of innovative fundraisers at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. We spoke to Narine recently about her work with Project Armenia, what inspired her to start the group, and how she came to find COAF.  {read more}
 
n 2012, we saw a spike in the creativity of donor engagement with COAF.  Donors shared their birthdays and wedding anniversaries with us and we were honored to be a part of the celebration. In addition to these festivities, in October of 2012, we were introduced to Narine Vartanian a senior at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. - See more at: http://www.coafkids.org/blog/donor-spotlight-narine-vartanian-amp-project-armenia/#sthash.fZf60R7L.dpuf
n 2012, we saw a spike in the creativity of donor engagement with COAF.  Donors shared their birthdays and wedding anniversaries with us and we were honored to be a part of the celebration. In addition to these festivities, in October of 2012, we were introduced to Narine Vartanian a senior at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. - See more at: http://www.coafkids.org/blog/donor-spotlight-narine-vartanian-amp-project-armenia/#sthash.fZf60R7L.dpuf

2/27/13 | Samuel Armen | COAF Volunteer | Armenia


The Past Corridor

 

On February 5th and February 6th, 2013, I traveled to the COAF villages with the intention of collecting film for an upcoming project. Traveling with me were Haig Boyadjian (Marketer and PR for COAF), Lilit Khachatryan (Photographer for COAF) and Alexander Yakaitis (a friend from back home). We would be traveling to Myasnikiyan, Karakert, Lernagog, Baghramyan and then back to Karakert for the school opening {read more}

 

2/20/13 Marisa Dabice| COAF Staff | New York City


A Conversation with COAF Donor Relations Coordinator: Danielle Hacet

 

In our latest addition of "A Conversation with..." we talk to the newest addition to the COAF NYC staff: Danielle Hacet! Danielle joined the team in August to work as our Donor Relations Coordinator and played an instrumental role in putting together our Ninth Annual Holiday Gala. We are so happy to have her and are very excited to introduce her to you now! {read more}

 

2/07/13 Sam Dolgin-Gardner | Peace Corps Volunteer | New York City


 
On December 13, 2012 Sam Dolgin-Gardner took the stage at the COAF Ninth Annual Holiday Gala and delivered a powerful speech about his experiences as the first Peace Corps Volunteer to work in the village of Arteni - one of the communities in the COAF cluster.... {read more}

10/01/12 | Lily Abagyan | Filmmaker | California


How to Save a Generation: Dance
How to Dance the Kochari
-Part 5 of 5- 

The highly anticipated final installment of filmmakers Lily Abagyan and Hayk Hovsepyan's How To series has arrived. Watch as Zhenya and Volodya, along with the other members of the Sasun Dance Group from the village of Lernagog, teach us how to dance the Kochari: a beloved Armenian folk dance that has been passed down for generations. {watch and read here}

 

9/19/2012| Kim Artounian | COAF Summer Intern | Yerevan, Armenia


My Experience in Armenia


This past summer, Kim Artounian traveled to Yerevan, Armenia to develop and implement a series of hygiene and dental programs for the COAF summer camps. Kim had a wonderful experience in rural Armenia and was eager to share her story with us. {read more}

9/13/2012| Michael Merjian | COAF Volunteer | NYC 


A Trip to Lernagog

 

COAF Volunteer and Supporter, Michael Merjian, recently visited Lernagog, Armenia for the opening ceremony of the Creativity Lab. Michael recounts his day in the village and what the experience meant to him {read more}

 

8/30/2012| Marisa Dabice & Narineh Abrahamian | COAF Staff | NYC & Armenia


A Conversation with COAF-Armenia Summer Intern: Narineh Abrahamian

COAF-Armenia summer intern, Narineh Abrahamian, talks to COAF NYC staff member, Marisa Dabice, about her involvement in this year's COAF summer camps. Narineh helped to create dental and general hygiene demonstrations, as well as lessons on healthy living, that she taught to the primary, middle, and high-school aged children. {read more}

8/27/2012| Keith Krosinsky | COAF Summer Intern | NYC


A Summer Interning with COAF

Keith Krosinsky interned at COAF’s New York City offices over the summer of 2012. He sought out  work with COAF for the summer as a way to prepare for his upcoming graduate program where he will be studying international relations in Brussels. {read more}

 

8/14/2012| Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | NYC


Donor Spotlight:  Erin Melikian

In the last few months, COAF has been honored to become a part of two very special celebrations: a 10th birthday and a 40th wedding anniversary! This is our way of saying thank you and highlighting the extraordinary goodwill of our donors. In this latest donor spotlight you'll read the story of Erin Melikian and her parents 40th wedding anniversary!  {read more}

 

8/13/2012| Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | NYC


Donor Spotlight: Nella Khachian


For the official inauguration of our new "Donor Spotlight" series, we are very excited to introduce you to Nella Khachian. You can call it bragging, if you wish, but Nella is kind of a big deal around our office. We love all our donors, but every now and then one comes along that is so inspiring with such a unique story that they become quite famous around the COAF headquarters {read more}

 7/24/2012| Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | NYC


A Conversation with COAF Executive Director: Joe DeStefano 

COAF-NYC Executive Director, Joe DeStefano, recently traveled to Armenia to meet with the COAF Yerevan staff. For a week they discussed COAF's programs and plans for explansion: where we've been and where we're going.  {read more}

 

7/12/12 | Marisa Dabice | COAF Staff | NYC


A Conversation with COAF Supporters: Max & Alexander Teicher 

COAF staff member, Marisa Dabice, speaks with Max and Alexander Teicher about their first trip to Armenia {read more}

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