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Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that employs community-led approaches aimed at improving the quality of life in rural Armenia, with a particular focus on children and youth. COAF’s target development areas are education, healthcare, social and economic development. COAF launched its programs in 2004, starting in one village and expanding to 44 villages in Armavir, Aragatsotn, Lori, Gegharkunik, Shirak and Tavush regions, impacting over 75,000 people.

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1. History

From 2000 – 2004, the organization provided funding for philanthropic activities in Armenia, including a partnership with the U.S. State Department to fund the deployment of bomb-sniffing dogs to the site of the former Nagorno-Karabagh Conflict.

In 2004, COAF launched ground operations in Armenia. The organization currently employs a staff of about 70, with headquarters in New York City and Yerevan, Armenia. While COAF now works to both fund and implement projects, the organization originally provided funding for philanthropic programs benefitting Armenia.

COAF's mission is to “secure a future for children in Armenia’s impoverished rural villages through improved education, health care, community life and economic conditions.” COAF’s community-based, comprehensive approach to reducing rural poverty has helped Armenian village youth access the resources to achieve and in turn, give back to their communities and the world. COAF has invested $40 million dollars in development projects in Armenia since 2004.

2. Rural Development

COAF acts at the grassroots level, working directly with community leaders and local government officials to understand the issues facing their communities, and begin developing projects and programs to address their needs. COAF staff and over 300 local contractors in 6 marzes work side by side everyday with village residents in the change-making effort.

COAF first introduced the Model Village Project, a form of integrated rural development in 2004 in the village of Karakert, located in Armenia’s Armavir province. The program launched with financial backing from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) district of Armenia.[1] It focuses on addressing issues affecting everyday life in rural Armenia, seeking to provide long term, sustainable solutions to those problems.

Since 2015 COAF has developed and started implementing a new vision – COAF SMART Initiative. COAF SMART is designed to advance a generation across the rural world through education that will benefit individuals, societies and the environment. COAF SMART will become an exemplary model of development and will be replicated in other regions and communities throughout Armenia.

3. Villages and Programs

COAF serves (in various capacities and intensity) 75,000 people in 44 villages in 6 regions (marzes) in Armenia: Armavir, Aragatsotn, Lori, Tavush, Shirak, Gegharkunik.

3.1. Aragatsotn

Aragatsavan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Road
  • Irrigation water network
  • Creativity Lab in N2 School
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome in N2 School
  • Auditorium in N2 School
  • Playground
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome in N1 School

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Professional Orientation, After school clubs, Mentorship for Student Councils, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Support to children with speech and learning difficulties, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Arteni

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Ambulatory
  • Agricultural machinery park
  • Brushodrome in N1 School
  • N1 Elementary school wing
  • Creativity Lab in N1 school
  • Playground
  • Gym in N1 school
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome in N2 School

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Professional Orientation, After school clubs, Mentorship for Student Councils, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Speech therapy, Support to organizing inclusive education, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Free dental care and dental fluoridation, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings

3.2. Armavir

Arevadasht

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Health programs (children's and women's screenings, mobile medical team visits)
Argina

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Health post
  • Playground
  • Community Hall

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Professional Orientation, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Free dental care, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Facilitation of loans for local villagers, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Artamet

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Health programs (children's and women's screenings, mobile medical team visits)
Bagaran

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Health post

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Dental fluoridation, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Baghramyan

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings, Dental Fluoridation, Free dental care
Dalarik

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Ambulatory
  • School (capital renovation)
  • Playground
  • Irrigation water network
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Mentorship to Student Councils, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Debate Club, Aflatoun social-financial club, English learning programs, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Issuance of business loans, Training on innovative economic methods, Social Worker, Support to children with speech and learning difficulties, Healthy lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Free dental care and dental fluoridation, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Getashen
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • School (capital renovation)
  • Creativity Lab

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, English Learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Psychological and Inclusive theater, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Hatsik

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • Creativity Lab
  • Library
  • School (capital renovation)
  • Playground

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • TUMO Visits, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, Debate club, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Child Development Center, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Hushakert

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Capacity building of local health providers, “Provision of Nourishment and Basic Medication to Socially Vulnerable Villagers” project, establishment of youth clubs and providing training in different areas
Karakert

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • School N2
  • Kindergartens N1 and N2
  • Playground
  • Irrigation water network
  • Ambulatory
  • Public Park
  • Community/Cultural Center
  • Child Development Center
  • School N1 and N2 Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • School N1 (capital renovation)
  • Creativity Lab
  • Arts Studio

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Teachers trainings, ICT training for educators, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for Youth, After school clubs, Summer schools, Mentorship to student councils, Debate Clubs, Aflatoun social-financial education, Professional Orientation, Provision of Scholarships to University students, English learning programs, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Issuance of business loans, Training on innovative economic methods, Social Worker, Speech therapy, Psychological and Inclusive Theater, Psychological support, Support to children with learning difficulties, Child Development Center, Healthy Lifestyle seminars and clubs, Health promoting school grants, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Koghbavan

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Health programs (children's and women's screenings, mobile medical team visits)
Lernagog

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • School (capital renovation)
  • Kindergarten
  • Ambulatory
  • Creativity Lab
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • TUMO visits, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Issuance of business loans, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Support to children with speech and learning difficulties, Healthy lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Free dental care and dental fluoridation, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Myasnikyan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Child Development Center
  • Regional Healthcare Center
  • Irrigation water network
  • School (capital renovation)

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Mentorship to Student Councils, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Issuance of business loans, Training on innovative economic methods, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Child Development Center, Speech Therapy, Healthy lifestyle club and seminars, Free dental care and dental fluoridation, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Sardarapat

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Creativity Lab

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Health education seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Shenik

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • School (capital renovation)
  • Health post
  • Playground

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Mentorship to Student Councils, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, English learning program, Entrepreneurship Training and Practice for youth, Issuance of business loans, Training on innovative economic methods, Healthy lifestyle club and seminars, Free dental care and dental fluoridation, Capacity building of school teachers, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
  • Talvorik

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Health programs (children's and women's screenings, mobile medical team visits)
Vanand

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Health post
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • Creativity Lab
  • Playground
  • Gym

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • TUMO Visits, After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, Debate club, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Yervandashat

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Water Reservoir
  • Playground

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings, Dental Fluoridation

3.3. Gegharkunik

Martuni

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Health post
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings

3.4. Lori

Akori

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SMART Room
  • "Sunny" Child Development Corner

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Mentorship to Student Councils, Professional Orientation, English learning programs, Provision of Scholarship to a university student, Psychological assistance, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Arevatsag

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SMART Room
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Media Literacy Club, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Professional Orientation, English learning programs, SMART Room activities, Psychological assistance, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Dsegh

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Creativity Lab
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • Arts Room
  • SMART Room
  • Health post

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Mentorship to Student Councils, Debate Club, Professional Orientation, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Summer School, Provision of Scholarship to University students, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Dzoragyugh

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • Playground

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Professional Orientation, Health education seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Debet

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • Playground

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Debate Club, English learning programs, Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, Provision of Scholarship to a university student, Social Worker, Psychological assistance, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Karinj

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • SMART Room

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, English learning programs, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Robotics Club, SMART Room activities, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Marts

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Mentorship to Student Councils, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Summer School, Professional Orientation, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Mets Ayrum

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SMART Room

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Media Literacy Club, Mentorship to Student Councils, Professional Orientation, English learning programs, "We and Our Village" program, SMART Room activities, Psychological assistance, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Vahagni

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings
Tumanyan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Creativity Lab
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • SMART Room

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Professional Orientation, Mentorship to Student Councils, Debate Club, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, English learning programs, Summer School, Psychological assistance, Healthy Lifestyle club and seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes, Capacity building of local health providers, Community health education and screenings

3.5. Shirak

Beniamin

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Playground
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • English Language Classroom
  • Health post

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, Debate Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Gusanagyugh

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Horom

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Sportsground
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Debate Club, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Lanjik

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Playground
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, Debate Club, Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Meghrashen

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Aflatoun Social-Financial Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Sarnaghbyur

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Sportsground
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • "Sunny" Child Development Corner

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, Debate Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers
Vardakar

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Debate Club, Health Education Seminars, Capacity building of local health providers

3.6. Tavush

Archis

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, Debate Club, Professional Orientation, Health education seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes
Aygehovit

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SMART Safe Room

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Media Literacy Club, English Learning programs, SMART Safe room activities
Berdavan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome
  • "Sunny" Child Development Corner

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school club, Aflatoun Social Financial Club, Professional Orientation, Psychological Assistance, Health education seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodrome
Koti

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • SMART Safe Room
  • Health post

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Media Literacy Club, English Learning programs, Robotics Club, SMART Safe room activities
Ptghavan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Health post

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • Aflatoun Social Financial Club, Professional Orientation, Health education seminars
Zorakan

RENOVATED INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Creativity Lab
  • Cafeteria and Brushodrome

COMPLETED AND CURRENT COAF PROGRAMS

  • After school clubs, Debate Club, Aflatoun Social Financial Club, Professional Orientation, Psychological Assistance, Health education seminars, Operational Support to School Cafeterias and Brushodromes

References

  1. http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADF432.pdf
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