January 2017 – Children of Armenia Fund (COAF)
The donation of January 2017 goes to:
Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) works to secure a future for children in Armenia’s impoverished rural villages through improved education, healthcare, community life and economic conditions. Their programs create and sustain opportunities for growth and progress.
COAF envisions a world in which all children have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and in turn contribute meaningfully to their communities and to the world around them.
In their work with the people in the rural villages of Armenia, they strive to ensure that no potential, no skill and no creativity goes to waste. As each village slowly rebuilds itself, its priorities change, as do COAF’s. Currently, their top priorities are:
Since COAF’s inception, they have done much to repair the local infrastructure and restore basic living standards and human dignity to the villages. Economic development plays an enormous role in ensuring that these changes are sustainable and form the foundation for further achievements.
Local Capacity Building
Their goal is for each village to become self-reliant. In order for current progress to persist, a village must be able to sustain itself by relying on its own resources: human, financial and natural. People in COAF villages develop their skills and learn their rights and obligations as citizens as well as the obligations of the Armenian government. They learn to trust each other and to make their voices heard.
Human relationships are critical to knitting a society together and moving it forward. COAF creates professional, social and cultural networks that connect people within and among villages. These networks create more opportunities for teamwork and facilitate more ingenious or wider-ranging solutions to problems. Such shared knowledge and experiences are vital to developing trust among villagers.
Since 2004, their programs have yielded remarkable results. With our help to grow resources, they can scale up our initiatives. To that end, they carefully document and evaluate their experiences and programs. They believe that collaboration with like-minded organisations within and beyond Armenia would allow them to provide more villages and people with the tools and support they need for advancement.