Child Foundation‘s office in Afghanistan had a very successful fundraising program called Tree of Wishes. Each child wrote his or her wish and tied it to a branch of our tree. Later, in a special program, some kind and generous members of the Mazar-e-Sharif community came and each picked a wish to entertain. Overall, two hundred wishes were granted.
To sponsor, a child from Afghanistan, please visit our waiting list.
Child Foundation‘s offices in Switzerland and Los Angles had wonderful Nowruz Bazaars. Both bazaars were managed by teams of volunteers and we are thankful for their hard work. Many people attended these events to purchase Nowruz related items, and get additional information about Child Foundation’s activities and our sponsorship program.
If you like to know who can benefit from your kindness and generosity, then please see our waiting list here.
Photos by Amir Mohsen SalmaniZadeh
Nowruz and spring is celebrated throughout the world on March 21st . On behalf of our colleagues and the children we support, Child Foundation wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous Persian New Year. You helped us support more than 8,000 children and launch many humanitarian programs. We are am certain that next year, with your assistance and generosity, we will be able to increase our philanthropic activities even more.
Not only does Nowruz represent the new spring season, but it is also a time when people’s hearts are open to giving to others. A Nowruz donation makes every heart glad, from the donor to the recipient. I sincerely believe that the world is one step closer to being a better place just because of each Nowruz donation.
Our offices in Afghanistan and Iran have already started distributing eidi (new year gifts for children). In Fonooj, we started a new program of changing student’s old and worn-down slippers with new shoes. Our Shahr-e-Kord office distributed New Year pastry and food coupons to families who couldn’t afford; in Tehran, food packages were distributed, and all the children received some cash for eidi. Our most valuable gift was from a generous donor in Tehran who donated 1,000 tablets to our office. Just imagine how happy the kids who receive them will be!
Child Foundation is still accepting donations for Nowruz to help children who are not able to celebrate this special holiday. We hope you will join us in donating to the Nowruz fund generously.
A few weeks ago, a young girl (about 3 years old) was left behind at Child Foundation’s office in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. She was left in the cold wearing dirty ragged clothes and was in a bad shape. One of our volunteers took her home and after a nice bath and some clean clothes, her beautiful face started to shine. Because of the coming spring, we named her “Bahar” (spring).
Meanwhile, our colleagues started looking for her parents and contacted the police and local authorities. We haven’t been able to locate anyone who knows Bahar, and local officials are not interested in taking custody of her. They have too many similar cases on their hands. For now, one of our volunteers was kind enough to take care of her temporarily until we find out more about her situation.
We took Bahar for a medical checkup and found that she has trouble walking and suffers from low iron, which is a result of her being malnourished. The doctors said she needs special shoes and a special diet.
Since last week, she is feeling much better, smiles more often, and is communicating better. While we continue to look for her real parents, we are taking her to an orthopedist to get her fitted for special shoes.
If you are interested in donating to Bahar’s medical fund, please donate here. As soon as her file is ready, she will be added to our sponsorship program.
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.
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 and 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.