Child Foundation Newsletter
Changing the face of the future, one child at a time.
International Conference of Child Foundation Offices
Dear friends of Child Foundation,
Early in May, I attended the first International Conference of Child Foundation’s Presidents, which was hosted by the CF main office in Tehran. For three days, I worked, planned, and coordinated with my colleagues from Afghanistan, Germany, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and Australia (a new office which is about to be established) for the beginning of our third decade of helping children in need.
I also held a few presentations while in Iran. One was a lecture for a Lawyers Association, where I discussed the effects of OFAC laws for charity work. Another presentation was for Children Medical Center, where we discussed how to sponsor children with immundeficiency deseases. And lastly, an intresting presentation at Sharif University. I also met with representative of some of the most active charities, such as Imam Ali Relief Society, Association of Protecting Children Against Labor, Aba-Basir Blind Children Center, Association of Social injuries, Prevention, etc.. to discuss future cooperation to help children in need. I had a few interviews with local media about our humanitarian activities as well.
At Sharif University, I provided information to professors and students about CF’s educational plans and asked them to join us in helping our students become the next Sharif generation. Soon, Child Foundation Club will be established in Sharif University to help us with this worthy cause.
One of the highlights of this trip was visiting Yasna, a sweet girl supported by Child Foundation. We met at her place of residence. Yasna lives with her mother and two younger sisters in a small room on the roof of her aunt’s house. We all felt so moved by their simple and impecunious life. Later, back in the office, it was decided that we should support her other sisters as well, and help them to find a better place to live.
Additional information about our activities in Tehran can be found on our Facebook.
As I am finishing my note, I heard another earthquake hit Nepal. We are still collecting donations for children of Nepal, so please donate generously for them here.
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
Child Foundation's Prison Daycare
During this trip, I visited a daycare that was established by Iran’s Child Foundation in Urmia’s women’s prison. Iran’s department of corrections allows small children, who have no one to take care of them, to stay with their mothers.
I didn’t have anything but admiration for my colleagues in Urmia for their kindness and thoughtfulness for these children who have no one in their world but a mother who is now in prison. What these daycares provide is all day educational programs and regular day trips outside of the prisons to provide children the opportunity to play in parks and playgrounds. There are about 40 children under Child Foundation’s care in several prisons.
I also did an interview with Voice of America about this subject, which you can find here.
Thanking our Volunteers
Child Foundation's wonderful volunteers attended several events across the United States. In Boston, Massachusetts, our volunteers attended the Iranian American Medical Association's meeting and in San Diego, California we had a table at the Iranian Student Group's musical event. At both of these events, hundreds of guests were present and received information about Child Foundation's activities and sponsorship opportunities.
We sincerely thank Dr. Askarian and Dr. Sharifzadeh of IAMA-Boston and ISTA at UCSD. Also thanks to our volunteers, Ali, Anahita, Fatemeh, Fathi, Kathrina, Sepideh, Yashar, and Zarin.
Hi, I'm Abolfazl!
Abolfazl is 8 years old and from the city of Tehran. He is diabetic and needs to have insulin shots several times a day. This requires his mother to be by his side almost all day, preventing her from working. Abolfazl needs your help so that he can stay in school and receive the care he needs.
Please consider helping this young student so that he may continue to attend school.
See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Gifts for Zahra
When our sponsor, Hamid from California, found out about Zahra's mother's illness, and her broken closet, he decided to help them even more. He donated additional funds so that they were able to purchase a new washer and large closet. Zahra, who lives in Bam, wrote to Hamid how his generosity had moved her and hopes that one day she can do the same for others.
Social Media Corner
You may already know about our Persian
, and Afghanistan
Facebook pages, but did you know that Child Foundation also has a page on LinkedIn
? If you are LinkedIn savvy, please don't forget to follow us by visiting this page
and clicking on the yellow "Follow" button.
Child Founation Receives Allstate Grant
Child Foundation is pleased to receive $1,000 from the Allstate Foundation in honor of Allstate Agent Allen Alagheband's volunteerism. We are very delighted to partner with Allstate and their commitment to making our hometowns better, safer places to live.
Thanks to Anahita, one of our devoted donors, we are now a member of Chevron Humankind. This means that for every Chevron employee who donates to Child Foundation, Chevron will match the donation 1:1, up to $10,000 per year. So, let all of your friends who work at Chevron know that every dollar you donate will be worth double.
If you would like to know how your company can match donations to Child Foundation, please click here
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.