One day, many years ago, I responded to the soul’s natural and innate ability and tendency to expand in all-embracing love and sharing for all, going beyond my needs, my family, my time, and my world.
Today, with deep humility and appreciation for your many loving gestures and acts of generosity, I am preparing for my trip to Iran this Sunday. The purpose of my trip is to visit MAP’s projects and to, on behalf of all of you, bear witness to the fruit of our collective labor of love and the progress we have made.
Words cannot convey the depth of my gratitude for your willingness to be there for the voiceless, helpless children of the world. I am hoping to report back and, through documentation of my trip, let you see the tangible result of your many gifts and selfless generosity.
Together we have come a long way in changing the lives of innocent children. We have provided food, hygiene and basic provisions to thousands of impoverished children in the U.S. through our Nutrition Outreach, Hygiene, and Holiday Helping Hand Programs, established and operated an Education & Vocation School and Foster Care Program in Cambodia, constructed and support of six schools and a learning centers in Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Senegal.
In Iran, we have built seven schools, two orphanages and a Farhangsara. We have also established 60 Mahds (preschool/daycare centers), a private orphanage, a vocational training center for handicapped children and, have remodeled and cared for children in a number of orphanages in Tehran and beyond.
We were there when the earth shook the grounds and brought devastation to Azarbaijan, Bushehr, and Kermanshah, where we offered relief to those impacted and helped rebuild the lives of thousands of children and their families.
On this trip, I will be visiting our projects in Kordestan, Kermanshah, Kerman, Bushehr, Ardabil, and Shiraz with my 14 year old son, Kourosh. He will be experiencing the wonders of his birthplace and will bear witness to the suffering of the helpless children who were not fortunate enough to be born or raised in privileged families such as ours. He is planning to document and share his experiences with all of you.
Last year, when I visited the village of Ney in Kordestan and came back with the story of 11 year old girls being married off to much older men, due to lack of access to a high school, you came to their rescue. Your generosity and love is making it possible for MAP to build a high school for 200 girls who can not only finish high school but may have the opportunity to attend college. This year, during my trip, I will have the privilege of visiting Ney, hugging the girls, and telling them that even from across the world, we care for them.
You have been great advocates, donors, sponsors, and the shining light in the darkness of the lives of these children. Be proud of your contributions, and please continue this work with us. There is still much work to be done, as there are millions of children in need. I appeal to you to continue your support and care for our children.
If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
I look forward to sharing my journey with you, and to seeing all of you at our 11th Annual Fundraising Gala on October 6th at the Metreon in San Francisco.
With deep love and gratitude,
President & CEO