Important OFAC Update
We have important news which impacts our sponsored Iranian children.
You have followed us through the frustrating and unprecedented delay of our OFAC license renewal for several months now. We finally have a response from OFAC and our renewal application to send stipends to Iranian children was not approved.
While the news is disappointing for all of us,
we are optimistically coordinating sponsorship funds to send food packages.
Food aid to Iran is not sanctioned but it is difficult.
We need a food distribution system because until it is established, our 6,000 Iranian children cannot receive anything more from Child Foundation sponsors and donors.
We hope to report soon that each sponsorship payment going forward will provide food packages for your child as was our program model in the past.
Please know, food packages would be a short-term solution.
While we work for a more favorable decision on a new OFAC license application, this may be the best support we can provide.
Food packages are useful to vulnerable families facing food shortages and a roughly 50% increase in prices since last year. Many of you may remember that food packages are what Child Foundation provided children prior to our first OFAC license for cash transfer of stipends in 2014.
OFAC’s decision is a setback
. Together, we will reestablish the former stipend system soon.
The decision’s rationale is not yet clear as there is no reason to believe our programming or finances are at fault
However, understanding the decision to soon secure a different outcome is Child Foundation’s top priority. Child Foundation is determined to restore the program to its previous state as soon as possible. Our legal team, board of directors, and staff are working hard.
to our general fund to assist our resource-intensive efforts
We need you. Your sponsored children need you.
We are committed to the children of Iran just as we are to the children of Afghanistan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, and others in need. We are committed to transparency. Keep an eye out for future updates.
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or by phone at (503) 224-0409.
President & CEO