Many refugees are on their way to the United States and it is expected that more than 10,000 will people arrive here in next few years. Although the majority of them are from Syria, there will be many refugees from Afghanistan and Iran among these new-comers. The first few hundred have been settled in different cities; the majority of them have large families, mostly small children. Almost all of these children need medical attention and all of them are frightened. Some have witnessed the worst that could happen in someone’s life, some have been tortured, and some even have been shot at.
Now that these refugees made it to safe borders, their difficulties are not over. They are facing financial problems, culture shock, inadequate housing and even discrimination. Among them, children are most venerable.
Child Foundation is teaming up with a group of volunteers, medical doctors and activities in Detroit, Michigan to help their children. To help us help them, please donate generously to our Refugees in US Relief Fund.
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 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.