Letter from the President
Summer is approaching fast, and this is a time of year when we typically have some extra time on our hands. It is the best time to enjoy with family and children, and to consider spending your time helping other children who are not as lucky as ours.
Summer is a very good time to join Child Foundation as a volunteer and help us in any of our exciting humanitarian initiatives to help children in need to have access to education. A major part of Child Foundation’s tasks are done by our volunteers.
You can help us in fundraising, translating children’s files, assisting in writing grants to help street children or kids who suffer from thalassemia, introducing Child Foundation through your social media outlets to your friends, or just talking to your friends and families about Child Foundation in any of your summer gatherings. So, next time you invite your friends over, you can have a presentation about Child Foundation’s activities and ask them to join us in helping children in need. Just let us know in advance about any plan that you have and we will send you everything you need to promote this worthy cause.
But the first step is to complete a volunteer application. We need you, no matter where you live.
1,000 Food Baskets for 1,000 Families
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
As we get even closer to the month of Ramadan, we become excited for our "1,000 Baskets for 1,000 Families" project. Traditionally, one of our most successful annual events, this program aims to provide a month's worth of dietary allowance for 1,000 families around the world at a time when food prices tend to be much higher than normal.
This year, we estimate the cost of these food packages at $45 for small and $90 for larger families. We urge all of our kind and caring donors to please consider supporting one or more needy families at this time, when fasting may not just be a ritual, but the only option they will have.
Child Foundation is not a religious organization. Nor, does it ever get involved with projects like this on religious or ideological grounds. All we do is provide the most basic of necessities (in this case, food) for families with children at a time of year when this need is probably the greatest, and the burden too much to bear alone.
Please donate generously to our food basket fund.
Nazanin Needs Medical Help
Nazanin is an eleven-year-old from the city of Marvdasht, Fars province of Iran. Her monthly expenses are covered by a wonderful sponsor in the state of Washington, but her medical condition has worsened and she is in need of much more than her sponsor can give.
Nazanin has a sad story, Her father worked by carrying goods with his old van when one of his creditor confiscated his cargo as part of his debt. When the goods were not delivered, the owner went to the police and now Nazanin’s father is serving a 2 1/2 year jail sentence!
Nazanin’s primary medical problem begins with her heart. She currently wears a pacemaker to control her abnormal heart rhythms. Every six months she has to go through a full checkup and echo. Her weak heart has caused stunted growth and doctors have ordered a daily shot of a special medicine. Her mother has to pay what is equal to $460 for every 20 shots.
Even with Nazanin’s father in jail, her mother being illiterate and unable to find a job, and a weak heart that constantly needs attention, she has not given up. Dr. Raoofi, in his recent trip to Shiraz, visited Nazanin and said she is one of the best student in her class with a grade average of “Very Good” equal to an A+. But she is short on funds for her next nine months of medical expenses and needs about $5,700 to finish this phase of her treatment.
Please donate to our medical fund so we can cover the rest of her medical bills. Any amount is appreciated and will go toward her treatment.
Hi, I'm Mahdia!
Mahdia is a talented eight-year-old student from the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Her father passed away after suffering from medical issues for seven years. Now, Mahdia's mother is doing her best to provide for her three children on her own, but they are greatly struggling...
Please consider helping this young student so that he may continue to attend school.
See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Kamran & Hooman
Through the hard work of our wonderful volunteers in the Boston area, Kamaran and Hooman will have a concert to benefit Child Foundation on Saturday June 11th. Please let your friends in the New England region know and encourage them to attend. Additional information can be found here.
Happy Days for Faezeh!
Farshid from California made Faezeh’s life much brighter by purchasing a stove, refrigerator, new clothes, and shoes for her. Faezeh is from Bam and lives with her grandmother who is not mobile due to severe arthroses. Taking care of her grandmother is now much easier with their new appliances. Thank you, Farshid, for your kindness and support.
Iranian Cultural Show
Dr. Raoofi represented Child Foundation in the UCLA Iranian Cultural Show on Friday and Saturday May 20 and 21st. Thanks to Iranian Student Group of UCLA for providing us with this opportunity where we received many new sponsors and donations for our humanitarian causes.
2nd Annual International Festival of Pediatric Patients' Paintings
Child Foundation is one of several international children’s organizations participating in the 2nd International Festival of Pediatric Patients Paintings. This year it will be held in October in Hungary. Any child who is in a hospital or has spent time in a hospital for treatment can participate.
All you have you do is send a scan of their artwork and information such as name, age, reason that he or she has stayed in the hospital, and we will make sure the artwork is seen by our judge. Please see more information here.
An Evening of Kindness
A wonderful group of volunteers in northern Virginia are working on a beautiful program for July 9th to help refugees. There will be an auction and informational session on the current situation of refugees and how you can help children and refugees. For more information, please contact Shirin at 703-489-5427.