Child Foundation Newsletter
Changing the face of the future, one child at a time.
|Letter from the President
Afghanistan Earthquake & Blood Drive
Last week we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Child Foundation joined the United Nations Association in Beverly Hills for an evening of festivities where I had an opportunity to share Child Foundation’s activities as one of its speakers. This is the best time to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its achievements. It is also an opportunity for us to use UN experiences in meeting current and future challenges across our shared pillars, such as education for children, development, peace, and security.
I am also honored to inform you that for the second consecutive year, Child Foundation has received the Top-rated Award by Great Nonprofits. Thanks to our supporters that made this possible. We are very proud of our sound fiscal management practices, commitment to accountability and transparency, and most importantly, the thousands of donors that made this possible.
Among this good news, we cannot forget the suffering of the people of Afghanistan who just experienced a deadly earthquake. Our office in Afghanistan is geared to help as many victims as it can. We started a special fund for the victims and I am asking you to donate generously.
Thank you and have a happy Halloween.
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
On Monday, October 26th, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck northeast Afghanistan. It was deadly and although early reports indicate casualties are as high as 200, the actual numbers of fatalities will be much higher after we receive reports from more remote regions of the country.
Child Foundation’s office in Afghanistan is assessing the situation. Preliminary reports indicate many buildings, including schools, have been destroyed. In one girl’s school in Takhar, 12 girls between the ages of 6 to 15 died and another 40 were injured.
Our office in Afghanistan in cooperating with some other local NGOs had a very successful blood drive. About 1200 donors came and donated their blood for children with thalassemia and others who need blood. Due to the success of this program, it was extended one more day.
Child Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help children who are affected by this earthquake. Please donate generously and help us help the children in Afghanistan.
Supper at Zofingen
Child Foundation office in Swtzerland invited refugee children and their mothers for supper in Zofingen, Switzerland. They have all been through many difficulties after months of traveling by foot, and going through many countries. Some were beaten, some harassed, and all missed their home. A home that may never see it again.
Previously, our Swiss office had also donated clothes and strollers to some refugees.
Child Foundation office in Los Angeles is still collecting clothes for young refugees. If you wish, you can help. Please donate to our refugee fund here.
Boston Meetings and Concert
Child Foundation volunteers organized a wonderful fundraising event in Boston, Massachusetts: Mr. Hamid Talebzadeh’s concert in celebration of Jashne Mehregan.
This was the first Child Foundation event for the Iranian community of the New England region. It could not have been done without the hard work of many volunteers, donors, and businesses that supported us with their donations.
The concert was completely Sold-Out, and unfortunately, some could not get in. Dr. Raoofi, Child Foundation’s President, also had a short presentation about Child Foundation's humanitarian activities.
Dr. Raoofi also met with our volunteers from Harvard, MIT, BU, as well as Dr. Sharifzadeh, President of the Iranian-American Medical Association, and some of the Board members of Iranian Association of Boston, to discuss future collaboration.
Many thanks to Molana, Shiraz, Sabzi & Kolbeh restaurants, Dr. Karamoddini, Mr. Rahmani, US-Iran TV and the Volunteers headed by Anahita, Omid, Reza and the team of Fahimeh, Fatemeh, Massi, Morteza, Neda, Pegah, Fargol and Yashar. It couldn’t be done without you.
Hi, I'm Fatima!
Fatima is a nine-year-old girl from the city of Amol. She is a good student currently studying in the fourth grade. Six months ago, Fatima's father was siagnosed with a kidney tumor, and now he is undergoing chemo treatments. Currently, the family is struggling to get by, and Fatima needs your help...
Please consider helping this young student so that she may continue to attend school.
See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Gift for Children
When Sara, our sponsor in California, heard that her sponsored child, Hossein in Zahedan, did not have a refrigerator, she asked us to purchase one for him.
Hossein didn’t believe it when we delivered to him a brand new refrigerator. He sent a letter and thanked Sara for her generosity.
Happy Birthday Setareh
Niusha and her sister Anida wanted to surprise their sponsored child, Setareh in Zabol. They ordered a birthday cake for her and a bunch of gifts. Needless to say how happy Setareh became. Both Niusha and Anida live in Australia.
Six Month Reports
Our four-page six month reports are being e-mailed and mailed to all of our sponsors. All the reports should be mailed by the end of next week. If you do not recieve yours, please contact us.
Also, please note that the grading system in Iran has changed for first grade through sixth grade. Now, instead of a numerical grade, they receive "Good," "Very Good," etc...
Combined Federal Campaign
Did you know that Child Foundation is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)? Our CFC code is 46116. All retirees or government contractors, are eligible to donate to Child Foundation Via CFC.
Here is their FAQ.
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.