Greetings!

I want to express our gratitude to the thousands of sponsors who step up for our students every day. Such labor is impossible to leave unacknowledged. Last week in D.C., we worked as a community to renew our OFAC license to disburse aid in Iran (other countries remain unaffected). Our Child Foundation staff accompanied sponsors to the offices of senators and representatives to speak up for the children we care so deeply for. From their home states, more sponsors – 400 of you who volunteered – called and organized meetings with congressmen and women across the country.

At an informal gathering of sponsors, we heard from many like Roya and her daughter, who have visited their sponsored child, Leyla, in Iran. Roya’s daughter, Tara, said, “I grew up feeling like I had a sister in Iran.” We heard from Milad, an engineer turning 30, who has sponsored a child since he was 24. Whether they sponsored one child or twenty, sponsors showed up, to speak up.

Thank you. To join our advocacy efforts, please email here or send us a message on Facebook here .

Child Foundation is also grateful to again receive the GreatNonprofits’ “Top-Rated,” ranking; this is a socially-sourced award based on the feedback of stakeholders. Thank you, sponsors, for sharing your experience here , and for enabling us in our mutual mission to help vulnerable children retain their right to education.

We are stronger together.

Navid Seyedali
President & CEO
Child Foundation Speaks at the Atlantic Council
The current delay of Child Foundation’s OFAC license to distribute funds in Iran may be related to the burden of sanctions. Last week, the Atlantic Council, a Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, hosted a panel discussion to highlight a recently released Human Rights Watch report on the humanitarian impact of “maximum pressure” U.S. sanctions in Iran, focusing on health. Child Foundation was privileged to be featured on this panel with fellow experts; if you missed it, you can watch here .
At this panel, we strove to humanize the issue and emphasize the sacrosanct nature of humanitarian aid and the rights of children. We shared the real-time effect of delayed humanitarian assistance; for example, a sampling of our sponsored children revealed that 44% are concerned about family medical needs. Some organizations are seeing medical related deaths, and others, like ours, are watching as families, already poor, compromise on medicine, nutrition, protection of children from labor – and education. We underscored the urgency with which we are seeking our OFAC license renewal, as well as sanction reform that includes clear pathways, guidance, and access for humanitarian actors.

When panel moderator and Iran expert Barbara Slavin asked about Child Foundation’s OFAC process, we explained that yes, as the report highlights, many NGOs struggle to find banks willing to brave a culture of fear and “overcompliance” – a fear of ramifications for providing otherwise legal banking services. However, Child Foundation has willing, reliable, and legal means to disburse funds to Iran. Our aid has only been delayed by an extremely extended OFAC license renewal process unlike any we have seen before, with no clarity or guidance from OFAC.

Highlighting Child Foundation’s reputation as a people-to-people organization between the people of the U.S. and Iran, our representative posed an important question:

“If Secretary Mnuchin is saying that we have sanctions against the regime but mean goodwill towards the Iranian people, then what message does it send when an organization like Child Foundation is… blocked from the aid they used to provide to the most vulnerable?”

Join Child Foundation’s advocacy team to help press for action and answers from the US Department of the Treasury. Contact us here.  
On the Road Again, Hello Boston!
Child Foundation will be in the New England area discussing “ Philanthropy in Iran,   Opportunities, and Challenges ” at the following venues:

  • MIT (MIT-PSA): Friday 15th at 6 PM at MIT's Simon Building No 2, Room 2-105
  • Harvard University: Taha Collective: Saturday Nov. 16, 4 to 7 PM, Ticknor Lounge
  • Iranian Association of Boston, Sunday, Nov 17 at 6 PM at IAB center, Watertwon
  • Harvard University, Monday, Nov 18 at 6 (to be announced)
  • Brown University: Providence, RI, Tuesday Nov 18 at 6 PM (to be announced)
  • Northeastern University, Thursday, Nov 21 (to be announced)

If you cannot attend any of these presentations but would like to learn more about Child Foundation and how you can participate in helping thousands of children in Iran and other countries, send an email  here . We can also arrange a presentation during the week for your friends and colleagues. 
Are you the one I am looking for?
Fatemeh is an 11-year old student from Esfahan, Iran.
She is currently in 5 th grade.

Her father passed away in a tragic gas leak explosion accident from which Fatemeh survived but suffered a burn which covers 45% of her body. She needs immediate surgeries. Their entire house was burned down in the accident though kind neighbors have since provided the family with some house essentials. The family lives in a rented house.

With your support, Fatemeh will have the opportunity to remain in school and have the chance to learn for a better and brighter future.

After reviewing Fatemeh’s talents, interests, and motivations and taking into consideration the financial needs of the family, Child Foundation has granted a $31 /month scholarship   to the student. Join us here in creating a better future for her. Please act and sponsor Fatemeh as her sole sponsor for $31 per month.
F ile: Yas 7776
Mansour is a 10-year old student from Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan and is currently in 5th grade. His father suffers from cardiovascular and psychological problems and is not able to work. His mother is a housewife. Mansour has two siblings. His older brother suffers from cognitive issues. As a result of these hardships, the family cannot afford to buy coal, a necessary item in this cold climate.The family also lives in a rented house that does not have sufficient essentials including a water heater.
With your support, Mansour will have the opportunity to remain in school and have the chance to learn for a better and brighter future.
  
A fter reviewing Mansour’s talents, interests, and motivations and taking into consideration the financial needs of the family, Child Foundation has granted a  $50/month scholarship  to the student. Join us in creating a better future for him. Please act here to sponsor Mansour with a minimum of $50 per month.
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Kowsar is a 14-year old student from Birjand, Iran. She is currently in 9 th grade.

In the future, shewants to be a doctor. Her parents are separated. Kowsar’s mother has custody of her and her brother and works as a secretary to make ends meet.

The family lives in a rented house and their primary sources of income are through donations and government subsidiary programs.

With your support, Kowsar will have the opportunity to remain in school and have the chance to learn for a better and brighter future.

After reviewing Kowsar’s talents, interests, and motivations and taking into consideration the financial needs of the family, Child Foundation has granted a $31 /month scholarship to the student. Join us here in creating a better future for her. Please actand sponsor Kowsar as her sole sponsor for $31 per month.
File: Yas 7801
Computer Education for Cambodian Children
Child Foundation is excited to learn about education programs around the world which consider children’s holistic future. For the past two years, our partner organization in Cambodia, “ Angkor Kids Center ,” has been implementing a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to equip the community’s children with skills important for gainful employment. They successfully established basic computer classes for vulnerable students and this year Child Foundation is proud to support their efforts by purchasing ten new computers for the center.

Students will learn Microsoft Office programs from Monday to Friday in a 3-month class and will earn certification after passing their final exams.  You can help our educational program by supporting us here .
Concert in Ann Arbor, Chidren's Day in San Diego
Volunteer's Corner:
Our wonderful volunteer Reza organized another concert with Hamid Talebzadeh to benefit Child Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.

We thank him,Gelareh and Mr. Talebzadeh for all their help and support.

Also, this week, in San Diego, Ali and other Child Foundation volunteers will join Iranian School of San Diego and the Dollar a Month Fund in celebrating United Nation’s recognized Universal Children’s Day . There will be festivities and many exciting children’s programs. Please join on Sunday, November 10th, at 11 AM. The address is: 6550 Carmel Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92129 .
Holiday Shopping on Amazon

Holidays are just around the corner. As you are planning your Amazon shopping, we ask you purchase through AmazonSmile here and choose Child Foundation as your charity of choice. Once you do, Amazon will donate an amount equal to 0.5% of your purchase to the Child Foundation. 

Three steps to spreading holiday cheer with AmazonSmile:
  • Visit the AmazonSmile registration website at https://smile.amazon.com
  • Click “Register Now” and follow these instructions.
  • Search for “Child Foundation” by name, but please be careful since there are some organizations with similar names in different states. You can also search for us through our Tax ID number 93-1148608.
 
Please note that Amazon will not charge you, and you still get the same low price. Donations to Child Foundation come directly from Amazon.   Thank you!