Welcome to our new website

Children of Persia is proud to announce the unveiling of our new and updated website.  In conjunction with our social media channels, we hope that our new site will help us connect with our constituent communities and effectively communicate our message.

We hope you will join us in our cause, and help us in our mission: changing lives, one child at a time.

Children of Persia is a registered charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and Officers with an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in US and OFAC Licenses for its Iran projects.

We are an independent organization with no affiliation to any political, religious, or secular groups. We are a member of the Guide Star Charity organizations and are registered to do fundraising in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, Florida, California, and Texas.

Disaster Relief Assistance in Iran

In response to the devastating earthquake in Bam, Children of Persia became actively involved in helping the relief efforts.  Our members in Iran and the United States were able to assist various organizations both in and outside of Iran in the relief efforts.  We continue to provide funds to those organizations that are addressing the educational and health needs of children in Bam.

The following is a summary of Children of Persia’s ongoing and completed activities in various phases of earthquake relief since the December 2003 disaster:

Immediate assistance in Bam

Children of Persia is evaluating the situation on the ground by contacting various NGOs and established relief organizations, including the United Nations agencies in Iran, during the first week of the disaster.  We deployed Children of Persia Volunteers in Iran to Bam the second week after the disaster to provide further valuable first-hand information on the humanitarian crisis, the specific needs, and logistical coordination.  We set up camp in Bam to distribute relief supplies within the affected area.

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Children of Persia conducted a multi-state drive to collect children’s clothing and blankets in the United States; sorting, labeling, and packaging the material donations for shipment to Iran.  Between January 3-20, 2004, Children of Persia collected, sorted, labeled, shipped, and delivered 10 tons of children’s clothing and blankets to Iran.

Long-term Projects in Bam

Library project: Children of Persia donated funds for the building of one library unit in Bam, which was completed by Relief International (RI).

The library has been a huge success among children and adults.  RI’s ground staff reports that at any one time, there are at least 35 people who are checking out books from the library.  It is estimated that 70% of those using the library are children and 30% are adults. The library has received requests for more Iranian fiction and children’s books.  Recently, 200 new books have been added to the existing collection.  At the library, RI issues library cards to users who pay a small membership fee to ensure the future sustainability of the library.  The library is also a site for educational activities. This center is staffed by two local employees (one male, one female).  The center is operational between 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 2:30 p.m. until closing at 5:30 p.m.

Information and Computer Technology Center (ICT Center) in Bam

Children of Persia donated $20,000 toward the construction of the Information and Computer Technology Center (ICT) in Bam by a non-profit organization called Coalitions of Persian Charities (CPC).  The ICT Center will be used to train students and teachers in necessary and up-to-date IT technology skills.  The construction for this center is scheduled to start in 2006 with CPC supervising the project.

http://iranearthquake.org/news.html

Children of Persia assisting in construction of rural medical center in Zabol, Iran

Children of Persia is providing assistance to construct and equip a rural medical clinic. The building shall be 675 square meters and shall be designed using a modular building concept in accordance with current standards of health care facilities in IRAN. This building is located on a donated land, between the cities of Zahedan and Zabol, in the village of Roustam, at ChahRaheh Aslan, in the eastern province of Sistan & Baluchestan, IRAN. The design of this building has been completed by our volunteer Architect from National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The plan has been approved by the Ministry of Health Services in Iran. Construction of this clinic began in June 2002.
The Zabol Medical Center, a non-profit, private center will be an inclusive medical center for children and their families. In addition, this Center will provide health educational programs and income-generation programs for women and families to better the status of their community.

Children of Persia in the News

Children of Persia Board of Directors Brian Oliner, Roshanak Hakimian, and Farzaneh Javid appeared on a live TV interview on the Perspective show to discuss and promote Children of Persia’s organizational goals in helping needy Iranian children.  Children of Persia extends its deepest and sincere appreciation to the Iranian community of the Washington metropolitan area and the Perspective crew for the great support and warm welcome.
On Sunday, May 12th, 2002, Board of Directors Dr. Mahnaz Motavalli and Brian Oliner appeared on a radio interview with Radio Azadi’s science correspondent host, Fatemeh Aman.  The interview, which aired on May 12, 2002, discussed the ways Children of Persia provides Iranian children with charitable health care assistance without overstepping U.S. sanctions.

NIH Symposium- An Overview of Child Health in Iran

One of the goals of Children Of Persia is to educate the Iranian-American community about the needs of children and families in Iran. In pursuit of this goal, Children of Persia organized a symposium in conjunction with Iranian Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on An Overview on Child Health in Iran. This program was held at National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on November 30, 2001. The program consisted of four major research papers and three presentations.

The four major research papers were as follows:

  1. State of Health Care in Iran, presented by Dr. Mahnaz Motevalli, medical director of Children of Persia.
  2. HIV and Cancer in Iran, a presentation by Dr. Ali Ardekani, a research scientist at the National Cancer Center.
  3. Sistan & Baluchestan, the Forgotten Province, presented by Dr. Shahram Amina – an overview of the health care system and problems specifically in the Sistan & Baluchestan provinces.
  4. How Charitable Foundations Can Work in Iran, presented by Brian Oliner, Esq., Children of Persia’s legal council – a historic look at non-governmental organization (ngo) activities in Iran and the effect of current U.S. economic sanctions.

The three presentations by Children of Persia included:

  1. Welcoming remarks by Reza Jafari, a Children Of Persia board member and scientist at NIH.
  2. Summary of Children of Persia’s activities with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Iran, given by Shiva Jafari, board member of Children of Persia.
  3. Visual journey of Sistan & Baluchestan and the Zabol Medical Center by Roshanak Hakimian, an officer of Children Of Persia.

In conclusion, there was a question & answer session where the members of the NIH community had a chance to meet Children Of Persia and the presenters at a small reception. There were copies of all the materials presented available for the audience. NIH members also had the opportunity to meet Children Of Persia and the presenters at a small reception.

Why Children of Persia?

In Iran today, 15% of children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition and the probability of dying before the age of five is approximately 34%.  Furthermore, 75% of children under the age of five are without health insurance.

In provinces such as Sistan and Baluchistan, these statistics are much more dire.  Out of a population of 1,723,000, only 22% of child deliveries are in a hospital setting and only 35% of them are attended by trained personnel.

According to Dr. Alireza Kordi, head of the Family Cultural Center (Farhangsaraye Khanevadeh), the number of street children in Iran, is estimated to some 200,000 (http://www.iranstreetchildren.com/News01.htm).  

The majority of these children run away from home to escape physical and sexual abuse from their family members.  Because very few shelters exist in Iran for runaways, the majority of them become street children, and, in the case of young girls, are often lured into prostitution rings.  An average of 50 girls per day are rounded-up in Tehran, and the number of young runaways has increased by 12% since 2000.

Recent reports in the Iranian press that 100 to 150 of the country’s street children die each month have shed new light on the plight of small children who are forced to work on the streets.  (http://www.rferl.org/nca/features/2000/12/07122000191846.asp)
With statistics as unsettling as these, there is no doubt that Children of Persia is a much-needed organization.