Our dental student volunteers who traveled to the Dominican Republic are back. They were able to finish their dental mission with success, helping hundreds of people in critical need of dental assistance. Although they were in the Dominican Republic, which is famous for its exotic beaches and natural scenery, they were spending most of their time in rural areas that had very limited access to medical treatments, and in some cases, clean water. They had to take anti-malaria medication, and spray themselves with DEET in order to avoid mosquito bites which may carry the Zika virus, dengue, Chikungunya virus, etc.
Many thanks to all of them who not only took such risks to help people in need, but also spent their Nowruz and spring break away from their families to help others. If you’d like to donate to our dental mission account, please use this link.
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 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.