Antranik Kababejian (Canada, 2016)
When Tania from Armenian Volunteer Corps was interviewing me regarding my placement preferences I specifically requested to work in a non-profit organisation. Only a few days before my departure to Armenia I was made aware that I will be working at COAF – Children of Armenia Fund. Even though it was unclear for me what my assignment was and exactly what I would be doing for the next 2 months, I accepted the challenge.
I was really fulfilled with my volunteer experience at COAF. I was privileged to see the positive impact of the change COAF has realized in the villages I visited. Change can succeed or fail, but in these villages, where schools were broken and children had little chance of success, I experienced first hand the results of these improvements — an increase in education, higher self-esteem, villagers proud of their schools, and motivated and engaged students.
I was more impressed to see the people who drive this change and their dedication. It was Tatevik, Hasmig, Meline, Suzy, Manvel, Razmik, Aghasi and all of the other Armenia staff who day after day journeyed through the villages to ensure the success of COAF’s vision. I consider myself blessed to have been able to be a part of this journey, albeit for a short time.
I captured all this through my lens and returned back content wondering when I’ll go back and do it all over again.
Thank you COAF and AVC,