YEREVAN—ONEArmenia, a for-purpose platform based in Yerevan and New York City, launched a new campaign for Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to bring nutrition and hygiene programs to 160 primary school children (ages 6-11) in the village of Aragatsavan located in the Aragatsotn region.
Recent surveys indicate that the majority of Armenian school children consistently skip breakfast and have poor eating habits. Despite the fact that fruits and vegetables are plentiful throughout the villages, children in rural Armenia have diets mostly consisting of foods high in fat and sugar. Extreme poverty in rural communities further complicates the problem, as parents often cannot afford food items necessary to maintain a balanced diet. Moreover, since a cafeteria system is not place in Armenian public schools, children often go hungry throughout the school day.
Proper oral and general hygiene is another big issue in rural Armenia due to such basic factors as the lack of dental health education and poor access to clean water. Over 98% of rural children suffer from tooth decay, as a result of not brushing teeth from an early age.
The campaign aims to raise $26,000 to build a space where the primary school children can have well-balanced nutritious meals and brush their teeth every day. The oral hygiene component of the program will feature tooth brushing stations (called Brushadromes) built adjacent to the cafeterias to instill good dental hygiene habits among children. In addition, the program will include ongoing health education seminars to children and staff members.
Aragatsavan will be the 4th school to participate in the program. In 2013, COAF successfully opened three cafeterias and tooth brushing stations benefiting over 400 children in the villages of Karakert and Lernagog. The Nutrition and Hygiene Program has been one of COAF’s most popular and effective projects, evoking a high degree of enthusiasm and interest among parents and teachers. Many local farmers and parents have donated food items to the program in appreciation of their children being provided with free meals.
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ONEArmenia is a for-purpose platform that connects the global community with organizations and individuals who are committed to making a difference in Armenia. ONEArmenia uses crowd-funding and transparent reporting to connect donors with projects that build positive momentum.
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, health, social, and economic development. COAF launched its programs in 2004, starting in one village and expanding to 22 villages in the Armavir and Aragatsotn marzes of Armenia. This became the inception of COAF’s innovative cluster village model approach. Eight of COAF’s beneficiary villages have undergone intensive interventions, while selected development programs have been carried out in the rest of the villages. Over 30,000 people have been impacted by COAF’s work.