Bahar has come to Child Foundation... Literally!
Child Foundation Newsletter
Changing the face of the future, one child at a time.
March, 2016
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Wishing you the Happiest Nowruz
Dear Friends,

The Persian New Year, Nowruz, and spring will be here tomorrow. On behalf of my colleagues and the children we support, I want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous year.  You helped us support more than 8,000 children and launch many humanitarian programs. I am certain that next year, with your assistance and generosity, we will be able to increase our philanthropic activities even more.

Not only does Nowruz represent the new spring season, but it is also a time when people’s hearts are open to giving to others. A Nowruz donation makes every heart glad, from the donor to the recipient. I sincerely believe that the world is one step closer to being a better place just because of each Nowruz donation.

Our offices in Afghanistan and Iran have already started distributing eidi. In Fonooj, we started a new program of changing student’s old and worn-down slippers with new shoes. Our Shahr-e-Kord office distributed New Year pastry and food coupons to families in need. In Tehran, food packages were distributed, and all the children received some cash for eidi. Our most valuable gift was from a generous donor in Tehran who donated 1,000 tablets to our office. Just imagine how happy the kids who receive them will be!

We are still accepting donations for Nowruz to help children who are not able to celebrate this special holiday. I hope you will join us in donating to the Nowruz fund generously. 


Best regards,
Peyman Raoofi, Psy.D.
President & CEO

 
Spring Came Early to Child Foundation's Office 
Bahar

A few weeks ago, a young girl (about 3 years old) was left behind at Child Foundation’s office in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. She was left in the cold wearing dirty ragged clothes and was in a bad shape. One of our volunteers took her home and after a nice bath and some clean clothes, her beautiful face started to shine. Because of the coming spring, we named her “Bahar” (spring).

Meanwhile, our colleagues started looking for her parents and contacted the police and local authorities. We haven’t been able to locate anyone who knows Bahar, and local officials are not interested in taking custody of her. They have too many similar cases on their hands. For now, one of our volunteers was kind enough to take care of her temporarily until we find out more about her situation.

We took Bahar for a medical checkup and found that she has trouble walking and suffers from low iron, which is a result of her being malnourished. The doctors said she needs special shoes and a special diet.

Since last week, she is feeling much better, smiles more often, and is communicating better. While we continue to look for her real parents, we are taking her to an orthopedist to get her fitted for special shoes.

If you are interested in donating to Bahar’s medical fund, please donate here. As soon as her file is ready, she will be added to our sponsorship program.

 
Nowruz Celebrations
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Our offices in Switzerland and Los Angles had wonderful Nowruz Bazaars. Both bazaars were managed by teams of volunteers and we are thankful for their hard work. Many people attended these events to purchase Nowruz related items, and get additional information about Child Foundation’s activities and our sponsorship program. 

Photos by Amir Mohsen SalmaniZadeh
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Hi, I'm Mohammad Reza!
Mohammad Reza is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his mother in the city of Jiroft. Mohammad Reza and his mother struggle daily to make ends meet, and this young student needs support.  

Please consider helping this young student so that he can continue to attend school.

See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Dental Mission in the Dominican Republic
 
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Child Foundation is helping Sadaf and a group of young dental students as they go on a dental mission to the Dominican Republic. Our volunteers will examine patients and provide general cleanings, fillings, and root canal procedures at no charge to at least 100 patients per day.

If you wish to participate in this humanitarian activity, please donate to our medical/dental fund here. 
 
UN Human Rights Meetings

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Child Foundation was one of the busiest NGOs in Geneva last week. Its president, Dr. Raoofi, met with Ahmad Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran to discuss the effect of sanctions on our charity work, we also had two panels on “Children in Armed Conflict” and also presented four statements to the body of the UN meeting.

The videos can be viewed  here, here, and here. 

 
Tree of Wishes  
 
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Our Afghanistan office had a very successful fundraising program called Tree of Wishes. Each child wrote his or her wish and tied it to a branch of our tree. Later, in a special program, some kind and generous members of the Mazar-e-Sharif community came and each picked a wish to entertain. Overall, two hundred wishes were granted.
 
Tabriz Project
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A generous woman donated a large piece of land to be used for building a school for children in need in Tabriz. Child Foundation has finished surveying the land and have blue prints ready.

For additional information, and to participate in this project, please visit our page here. 


Upcoming Events:
 
 
No current upcoming events at this time.
 
Check out more of our upcoming and past events on our website!

 
The mission of Child Foundation is to help children in need, who have been identified as high achievers to remain in school. We believe that education can move a child beyond the stigma of poverty and give that child the tools to reach his or her true and full potential. Since our inception in 1994, Child Foundation has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship, enhancing the quality of life for these children as well as their respective families. By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and in certain cases, avoid early matrimony.
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