Child Foundation Newsletter
Changing the face of the future, one child at a time.
Letter from the President
31st Session of the Human Rights Council
It is a cold day here in Geneva where I am attending the United Nations 31st Session of the Human Rights Council. But even in this cold weather, we can smell the beginning of spring and Nowruz. I don’t know of any other symbol that can be more beautiful than Nowruz to represent a New Year. The first day of spring, fresh smell of green, and the return of birds singing all indicate a new beginning is happening. It seems nature is providing us with a new chance to start all over again.
That is exactly what we do at Child Foundation every day. Our social workers around the world look for dedicated students who are dragged down by poverty. Once we find them, we provide them with assistance to make sure they continue their education without having to worry about their next meal. In a sense, we create a Nowruz for them by assuring them that as long as they pursue their education, we will support them through the generosity of our donors. We give them a new chance, a new beginning.
Please visit our children waiting list and choose one or more children to support. Nowruz is a perfect time to consider sponsoring some of the children who have a difficult time celebrating this joyous occasion because of poverty.
We can also assist you in case you just want to send a Nowruz gift to a child in need. To do that, you should donate to our Nowruz Fund. If you wish for your eidi to be delivered on time, you should act now.
Wishing you the best Nowruz,
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
P.S. If you are in Los Angeles or Zurich, don't forget to visit our Nowruz Bazaars
Child Foundation’s President attended the United Nation’s 31st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He met with Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, to discuss the effects of sanctions on our humanitarian work in Iran. He also met with Mr. Rory Mungoven, Chief of the Asia Pacific section of the OHCHR, and Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, to discuss the condition of children in armed conflict.
Dr. Raoofi presented Child Foundation’s position to the body of the session on March 9th and 10th. In his first statement, he asked for schools to be immune to strikes, attacks on schools to be considered war crimes, and those responsible to be actively persecuted. He also asked that countries hosting refugees in camps should be urged to include children’s education among their priorities. In his second statement, he discussed the importance of education in defeating extremism and requested that wars, armed conflicts, and sanctions be classified as measures that violate human rights, and those who impose or promote them should be branded as violators of human rights. They were all well received. Please see our video here.
We also had two conferences as our side event, both focused on the Situation of Children in Armed Conflicts. In the first conference, our own Dr. Raoofi talked about The Psychological Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. Sabine Rakotomalala, UNICEF’s deputy coordinator of Child Protection Working Group, talked about “Children in Armed Conflicts and how to use the minimum standards for child protection in humanitarian settings.” The second day event was also moderated by Dr. Raoofi and presenters included Nadia Alkotbi, Iraqi Women Organization Project Manager; Eva-Maria Savelsberg, President of the European Center for Kurdish Studies.
CF's Dental Work in the Dominican Republic
Child Foundation is helping a group of young dental student go on a dental mission to the Dominican Republic. Through this program, they will be able to serve poor and impoverished people who have little to no access to healthcare. Our young volunteers will examine patients and provide general cleanings, fillings, and root canal procedures at no charge.
This team of six are generously giving their time and expertise to help provide good dental care for those that cannot afford such care. We are proud to help them in this humanitarian journey by donating part of their expenses, but more is needed.
Please join us in helping more people in need by raising additional funds for our medical fund. You can donate generously here.
Hi, I'm Amirhosein!
Amirhosein is an eleven-year-old boy who lives with his mother in the city of Darab. Amirhosein 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.
Listening to Children's Letters
Our Tehran office asked some of children we support to read their letters to their sponsors. They then played this audio tape to a group of famous Iranian actors and actresses. The result is this short video that we encourage you to watch.
Gift for my Child
One of our generous sponsors, Arash from Canada, surprised his sponsored child from Zabol with a gift - a very nice television.
Nazanin, in a heartwarming letter to Arash, wrote that she is working hard in 9th grade, and promises to make him proud of her by the end of the school year.
Nowruz Bazaar in Los Angeles
Every year, thousands of people visit our Nowruz Bazaar. Not only because they are sure that they can find everything they need for their haft-seen, but because they feel confident that by doing so, they can help Child Foundation and the children we support.
Don’t forget to bring your children to our Bazaar this year, we make sure they are entertained through many programs we have for them while you are doing your Nowruz shopping.
18345 Ventura Blvd. No 512, Tarzana, CA 91356.
11:00AM to 5:00PM
Admission is free, and free parking is available
Just give us a call at (310) 453-0809 and we will provide you with all the information that you need.
Social Media Corner
You may already know about our Persian, English, and Afghanistan Facebook pages, but did you know that Child Foundation also has a page on Twitter? If you are also on Twitter, don't forget to follow us by visiting this page and clicking on the "Follow" button.
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.