Celebrating the Most Important Person in Your Life
Let me first congratulate all the mothers of the world this Mother’s Day. Although the calendar states May 8th as Mother’s Day, in reality, every day is mother’s day, because there isn’t a day that passes by that mothers hesitate with their love, kindness, and compassion toward their children. So, please make sure to visit or call your mother. We provide you with an opportunity to honor your mom by donating to a child who is solely supported by her mother. To do that, please click here and donate any amount to our Mother’s Day Campaign and we will make sure a mother in need receives your kindness.
Last week, I returned from my trip to Iran where I visited five local offices and went to the homes of many children who are supported by Child Foundation (please see the report below). While I was looking to see how these children’s lives had changed through the support we provide, I couldn’t help but see how mothers had been the main force behind their children’s efforts to continue their education as a means to escape poverty. As we walked through the slums of Zahedan, south Shiraz, or Amol, I could see firsthand the amount of poverty in the lives of these children. In most of these areas it is so easy for poor children to become child laborers or even dragged into selling drugs, but their mother’s love kept them safe and in school. It was an honor to meet these mothers and it felt good to know that we are able to help these wonderful moms.
Again, I’d like to ask you to consider donating to our Mother’s Day Campaign in honor of your mother and help more children in need to have a better life.
Visiting Iran, an Eyewitness Report
Peyman Raoofi Psy.D.
President & CEO
I just returned from a two week trip attending the Second Annual International Congress of Child Foundation’s Directors in Shiraz, Iran. Directors from Afghanistan, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, as well as Board members from the local offices also attended the congress to share their experiences and revisit our strategic plan. We also met with other NGOs to collaborate.
I, along with my colleagues, visited fourteen children in their homes to evaluate their living conditions and the amount of need in their lives. We also visited offices in Amol, Iranshahr, Shiraz, Marvdasht, Zabol, Zahedan as well as Tehran.
During this visit, we had nothing but praise for our local social workers who are all devoted to help children. Most of our children live on outskirts of cities or areas that are considered by many not safe to walk alone.
In short, I can say that in all of our visits, not one of us left with dry eyes. We met Reza who is living in one room with his mother, sister, and ill father in Amol, and Erfan who had been living with his mother in a room at a cemetery, for whom our colleagues in Shiraz found a small apartment in a much safer place close to school. Pouria who also lived with her mother, two younger sisters, and brother in a small room that did not have a kitchen or bathroom. Child Foundation helped them with a deposit to a small apartment. In Sistan-Balochestan, I visited our Zabol, Zahedan, and Iranshar offices and visited several children’s homes. Although the amount of poverty I witnessed was mind boggling, resilience from children and their families was much stronger and admirable. During the next few weeks, we will share with you some of our new programs and projects that we are planning to help families in their fight against poverty. Our first one is to help students who do not have shoes!
I can’t end this without reporting to you about a soccer match I attended in Tehran’s Children Hospital. I joined tens of famous Iranian soccer players in a match against children with cancer, immunodeficiencies, and other illnesses. Although we were not able to score and we were beaten badly, we all had a wonderful time together.
No More Sandals in School!
In February, Child Foundation’s office provided a group of students in Fonooj with shoes. The students were so happy and their parents very thanksful. Since then, we’ve had many requests from other small schools whose students are also in need of shoes.
Child Foundation started a new initiative to provide shoes for another 200 students. Dr. Raoofi, Child Foundation’s president who recently visited the area, said, “I never thought about how a pair of shoes could be so effective in one’s education.” He added seeing small children walking a long unpaved and dusty roads to school in a pair old sandal is really heartbreaking. We admire their determination to education and we need to help them anyway we can.
To provide shoes for more children in need, please donate generously to our shoe fund.
Hi, I'm Ghul Bashra!
Ghul Bashra is a bright six-year-old girl from the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. After her father passed away from an illness, her mother has been working hard to support her children on her own. Unfortunately, they are living under very poor conditions, and this young girl needs your help.
Please consider helping this young student so that she may continue to attend school.
See more children waiting for sponsorship.
Remembering our Mothers
Last year many of our friends and supporters lost their mothers, but we helped to keep their memories alive by creating a memorial page for them. Please see our memorial pages here and don’t hesitate to pay your respects to them.
Gift for Mother's Day
If you are planning on purchasing a gift for your mother through Amazon, you can donate to Child Foundation at the same time. Use the link smile.amazon.com to make your Amazon purchase and they will match a part of your purchase and donate to us. Please see this link for more info.
Kamran & Hooman
Through the hard work of our wonderful volunteers in the Boston area, Kamaran & Hooman will have a concert to benefit Child Foundation on June 11, 2016. Please let your friends in Massachusetts know and encourage them to attend. For more information, see this webpage.
Gift for my Child
Behnaz from California sent a laptop to her sponsored daughter who she has been supporting for the past seven years in Hamadan.
Bita from California provided funding to purchase a stove for Pouria in Kermanshah when she found out that her family’s stove was no longer working.