Child Foundation Newsletter
Changing the face of the future, one child at a time.
|Letter from the President
Schools are starting and during the last few weeks, Child Foundation offices have been busy preparing backpacks for children. Although we are very happy and excited that schools are opening, who can ignore the Syrian refugee crisis? Pictures of Aylan, a three-year-old boy whose body washed to the Mediterranean shore of Turkey have been stuck to everyone's mind. Unfortunately, not everyone has a clear understanding of the issue. The problem is not tens of thousands of refugees on their way to Europe, but hundreds of thousands who are struggling to survive in camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. Child Foundation is collaborating with other NGOs and our European offices to confront this issue as it is reported below in this newsletter.
Backpacks of Hope
We are also starting a new initiative in Sri Lanka in helping blind and deaf children. We will provide you with details of their severe conditions and their needs in our next newsletter.
Like you, we also believe that no child deserves to be hungry, humiliated, exploited, or lose his/her life. We can, and we should, help them in any way that we can. Please join us in helping the most vulnerable part of our society - children. Child Foundation is providing you with a unique opportunity to help Syrian children in camps, sick children in Afghanistan, homeless children in Nepal, or Iranian children in need to go to school.
I hope you consider helping one or more of these worthy causes.
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
Child Foundation offices are busy preparing our "Backpacks of Hope" to be distributed among children in need. We have prepared more than 1,000 backpacks and more are on the way. There is still time for you to join this worthy cause. All you have to do is visit this site and donate as generously as you can. You can help one or more students start their new school year more eagerly, just because of you.
Helping Refugee Children
Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing civil war and unrest in Syria to find new homes in another part of the world. Waves of Syrian men, women, and children on their route to Europe and photos of dead children at the sea grabbed the world's attention to this serious crisis. As always, children are in the frontline of these catastrophic situations.
To tackle this problem, Child Foundation is teaming up with a few international and local NGOs to help young refugees, especially Syrian children who are wandering in camps throughout the Middle East and Europe. With your help, we will be able to provide support for young refugees, provide school aged children with nutritious food, education, and support out of school youths.
To help the refugee fund, please donate here.
House of Hope in Mazar-e-Sharif
Two years ago, Hajar found out that her two young daughters were sexually assaulted by their father. Her father was subsequently taken to court and sentenced to death for his actions against his own children. He was also heavy in debt at the time, and after he was arrested, the rest of the family lost their home and creditors confiscated all of their belongings. Since Hajar had no family, she was sent to a "safe house" and separated from her children who were taken to a disreputable shelter. She was only allowed to visit the children once a month.
Child Foundation was able to rent a house for this family and took legal steps to free Hajar from the safe house and unite her with her children. Our colleagues also purchased some basic furniture for the family and made sure that they have enough food to start their life together again.
The girls are under the supervision of Child Foundation's social workers and are being treated for their depression. One of the girls, Zainab, who is only six years old, also has a kidney problem, but they are all happy that they are back together living under one roof. Zainab and her older sister are now supported by Child Foundation. To help other children in need please visit here.
Hi, I'm Ali!
Ali is a fifteen-year-old boy from the city of Borojerd, Iran. He's a very talented student who is studying in the eighth grade with an excellent GPA of 18.48 out of 20. His father was abusive toward the family, so his parents are now divorced. Ali and his mother are trying their best, but they are struggling...
Please consider helping this young student so that he may continue to attend school.
See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Nowruz came early this year!
Once our sponsor, Peyman from Canada, read Sepehr's sad story on our website, he decided not only to sponsor him, but also to provide his family with all of their needs. Peyman asked Child Foundation, on his behalf, to purchase an air conditioner, TV, carpet, vacuum, dishes, refrigerator, blankets, silverware, etc....
Sepehr was so happy and said that it feels like Nowruz!
This is Sepehr's story.
Thalassemia Family Needs Help
These three siblings (Gol-jan, Mostafa, and Besmeleh) all have Thalassemia. The condition of the older sister, Gol-jan, is worse than the others and she needs to be transferred to Kabul from Mazar-e-Sharif for further treatment.
The family has already lost one brother and one sister to Thalassemia, and they are terrified to lose another one. To help them, please donate to our medical fund here.
Child Foundation activities in Nepal have resulted in collaboration with local NGOs in sponsoring many Nepali children in need. Their files and information are being prepared in order to find them sponsors. As soon as they are ready, you can sponsor them through this link.
Dr. Raoofi's Interview
Child Foundation's President, Dr Peyman Raoofi, was interviewed by Hengameh Abbar from KPC radio about Child Foundation's activities. Dr. Raoofi said that we are collaborating with other NGOs to help Syrian refugees.
The interview is in Persian.
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.