I did my part

Jahanshah Javid
by Jahanshah Javid

I have been a fan of the Child Foundation since I first heard about them seven or eight years ago.

Their mission is unique in that they collect donations for specific children who aren't just poor but making good grades in school. There is hope for them to become successful and meaningful members of society only if by some miracle there was enough money to buy school supplies, clothes, and food! A roof over their head!

One year I would send a small donation to the foundation, other years I would forget. But it was always in the back of my mind what wonderful work they did. And I was really impressed after I saw Mahyad Tousi's documentary about their work in Iran.

Recently I've been visiting their website, looking at their child waiting list, thinking about sponsoring one. Should I sponsor a boy or girl? From Iran, Afghanistan or Indonesia? I look at their pictures, one sweeter and more innocent than the other. All of them have heartbreaking stories yet with a little help, very little help from you and me, they can pull out of misery, stay in school and change their fate.

I promised myself I would sponsor one of the children as soon as I got my next paycheck. Last night I finally did it. I pledged $40 a month to support one of the girls. I've taken a very small step and yet the rewards can be truly meaningful in a helpless child's life.

Now imagine if 10 or 20 of you did the same, today, this month. Imagine how much hope you can bring to a desperate household. That was my hope, to do my part, sponsor a child, blog about it and get you to do it too.


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Mohammad Ala

Thank you.

by Mohammad Ala on

Thank you Jahanshah jaan and others for your contributions.When I lived in the USA, I met with the organizers of Child Foundation in Irvine, California.  I also met people who gave me their children's information to find out more about them.  A friend and I tried to reach two children but did not get any cooperation.

I support charities and I have two of my own.  I agree the more the better.  Leadership and character of those who run charities are very important to me.  In one charity that I am involved, we give vouchers, for example, for each child to get a shoe from Kafesh-e Melli.  Transparency is also important to me.



win win

by humanbeing on

when you help a child who wants to learn, or wants to get out of a cycle of violence, or wants to live, it's not a handout, it's an investment. not only in their future, but in that of us all.


Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

I take your word for it. The more the better. Thank you for sharing.


Why not Omid-e-Mahr?

by Gordzad on

Not that I oppose helping the Child Foundation, but there are other organizations that should be closer to our hearts. Omide-e-Mehr (//www.omid-e-mehr.org/home.html) is an NGO in Iran that helps quite a lot of people and is worth considering. By the way, if you haven't seen the documentary the Glass House yet, it may be time.


Through Child Fdn. and other ways

by Monda on

I have been contributing monthly to two children for the past 4-1/2 years.  It's just a small way to feel needed, I think. While promoting the sense of hope, in and out of myself, that I can make a bit of a difference in my homeland.

To those friends who wonder how much of individual contributions would actually reach each child, ask from Child Foundation for the reports on your child(ren) and you will know. Take into consideration the administrative costs of any contribution, even through Red Cross or Amnesty Int'l.

Another way is to find your own reliable contact(s) inside Iran who, on regular basis, could drive or take a cab, to hand over your contributions, after finding the child who would put it to good use (not drugs or family needs). 

As a little side note, not trying to be sarcastic, just notice how many lattes a month you need to sacrifice for such great cause.  Good blog Jahanshah. 


I will

by Abarmard on

JJ, I will go over it soon and will support a poor child.

Darius Kadivar

As a Frenchman though I cannot Trust Green Peace however ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior :


As for Amnesty International ...

Well I guess by Now 30 years later as we French Say : Il Y'a Prescription ... the IRanian in me has forgiven them by now ... If there is anything to forgive that is ...

Darius Kadivar

Will do so JJ and here is another cause commendable in it's own

by Darius Kadivar on

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

the mullahs, and our ... persian cultures left us with not being able to trust any body.                Maziar

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

It all comes down to trust. I trust the Child Foundation. The same way I trust Green Peace or Amnesty International or the International Red Cross. You know a better way of helping a child in need in Iran? Do it.


i don't care if they cheat me

by humanbeing on

out of the paltry sum i gave, even on the off chance that it will get to the right hands. that's how i see it.

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

jj  here in my home state every year we have this child foundation charity that peoples buy $ 100.00 ticket so they can own this $ 600.000 house, the catch is they have to sell min. of 18000 ticket.

18000 X 100 = you do the math .

and what they have left goes to child research foundation.         Maziar

Ali P.


by Ali P. on



Fineeeeeeeeeeee... we got the hint!

bajenaghe naghi

JJ jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

I am very happy that there are more people like you than like me in this world. People with large hearts who give. Period.

When it comes to donations, I suddenly become uncharacteristically very cynical. I have heard about so many outfits that sound legit and some years later we find through newspapers that the directors of the outfit have benefitted more than those whom they were supposed to help.

It is not the money that has been lost that bothers me, but the sense of betrayal, the feeling of being taken advantage of.

I am sure that this organization is well run and nothing to worry about, but personally, before giving, I would like to know what percentage of my contributions actually go to the needy and also how and who audit the accounts of the organization.  

I know I sound like a cold and calculating miser, but I have been burnt too many times not to be one. 



by humanbeing on

most noble charity is supposed to be anonymous, but in order to get the ball rolling, sometimes it's best to speak it out. i have children who are so fortunate they can learn whatever they want.

i am so proud of these kids as if they were my own, kids
who keep the desire to learn amid such adversity,

this is a wonderful investment for the future of all of us, and if i can, i'll do it again. thanks for the posting this.


It would be a good idea.

by Anonymouse on

I never understand these things.  It's like a pyramid scheme except charity pyramid.  If everyone chip in $1/day the world hunger would go away.

There are lot of ways people do charity work, some not tied to any foundation or anything just helping people out by giving them a job, letting them keep a job, place to live, etc.  There seemed to be about a dozen Iranian children advertised here whereas there are literally hundreds of thousands, probably millions of kids who can use $1/day.

Whatever the reason I hope the financial contributions can reach these kids and makes a difference in their lives. 

Everything is sacred

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks Darius. But $40 a month does not really qualify as generosity. That's why I'm encouraging you all to consider doing the same. If I can easily spare $40, I'm sure most of you can too. Tell me there's a better and more useful way to spend a dollar a day.

Darius Kadivar

Great and generous Gesture !

by Darius Kadivar on