Outbreak Care Packages for Iran's Children
The coronavirus pandemic is a brutal, ongoing storm overwhelming Iranian institutions and communities.
Businesses are closed. Incomes have been slashed or vanished. Families are caring for their sick with limited supplies. Due to the pandemic, Iran’s weak economy is worsening. And those living on the brink are trying to find shelter from the storm but with few resources. For the wellbeing of our thousands of sponsored children, we must act. This is Emergency Assistance.
Child Foundation will utilize its OFAC General License E to send relief funds to our affiliate organization in Iran. That office will procure food and basic supplies. The office has already given care packages to families across cities like Tabriz, Mahabad, and Yazd. Our original goal was to help 1,500 families and we have supported 4,200 so far. We want to reach 7,000 more families. Our affiliate office in Iran will put $20 toward food and essentials for each care package. These go into the hands of a family on the brink.
Below is a report about the recent work in Iran to combat the financial hardship in the shadow of the coronavirus. They say good things come in small packages and the Iran office is increasingly giving grocery store gift cards instead of distributing bags of goods.
Report from the Tehran office
During its 26 years of its activity, Child Foundation, with the help of domestic and foreign partners, helped and empowered low-income families under many different circumstances.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus and its exacerbation in recent weeks, Child Foundation distributed more than 2,800 grocery gift cards to its students across Iran.
Because the Child Foundation’s target community is students from low-income and vulnerable families, not supporting them at this critical time would lead to severe problems and difficulties for them. To mitigate the situation, under the theme of distributing livelihoods and with the support of partners and cooperating chain stores, we provided 2,800 gift cards with 300,000 toman credit in the first phase of support.
Providing grocery gift cards instead of buying food items and distributing them through our 36 representative offices maintains the dignity of students and their families. It also allows them to spend the money according to their own food preferences. Last but not least, using gift cards significantly saves our organization time and overhead costs.
In addition to grocery gift cards, the Child Foundations social workers have monitored the physical and mental health of students and their families. We have tried our best to help them learn how to deal with the virus, stay calm, and overcome anxiety.
With the aid of our amazing sponsor community, we will not allow the food insecurity and lack of essential items to become a barrier for our students’ education.
With the help of this charitable community, the second phase of preparing the gift cards for other Child Foundation students will begin in the coming days."
We are joining an ongoing effort of dozens of affiliate offices throughout Iran to support families who have lost their breadwinners. The photos here show care packages delivered within recent weeks. This is a disaster and Child Foundation families need us.