Empowering Disadvantaged Young Women In Iran

Become a Fundraiser

Can you run an event locally? Can you co-ordinate a group of volunteers? Ever set up your own Facebook Event Page to invite your peers?  And are you passionate about helping OMID?  Here’s some remarkable people, doing different things to raise different levels of funds for young women’s futures:

Zahra Ashrafi  faces an amazing challenge for OMID in her 100K back to back ultramarathons in Antractica and Chile. Here’s some more information about this remarkable woman, who as pictured above is already in training for the incredible feat.  Sponsoring Zahra will help her achieve her $15,000 target, which will make a big difference to many OMID girls lives and may also help inspire them to go on to do something remarkable too.

Zahra Ashrafi is a truly inspirational Iranian-American woman who lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons and is a dentist by profession. Her passion is running and she has run many marathons already this year. After hearing about OMID at a screening of The Glass House documentary she set herself the herculean challenge of running two 50K ultra-marathons back to back in the grueling climate and conditions of Antarctica and Chile’s Punta Arenas, in late January to Early February 2017, in order to raise funds for OMID. To find out more about why Zahra is running 100K for OMID, in her own words  on this webpage.

Zahra Ashrafi to Antarctic

Also, In March 2017 a team of six will run to raise funds for OMID’s tuition costs campaign  in the North London Half Marathon starting and finishing in the historic Wembley Stadium.

North London TRun montage

Mehrdad Erfani  also cycled some distance to help OMID. 340 miles to be precise and raising over $6500 for OMID.  Here’s why.

“When choosing an organization or volunteer activity to support, I look for causes that have touched me personally, that aim to strengthen communities by fostering tolerance and understanding, and that bring attention to causes and illnesses that most of us don’t struggle with on a daily basis.

In the first week of July 2016, Mehrdad Erfani pedalled from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC to raise funds and awareness for a cause that is near and dear to him.  Read more about Merhdad Erfani’s Ride For Hope on our website.

150 Miles for Multiple Sclerosis

Peace Meal Kitchen is a Detroit area low-profit organization dedicated to educating diners in regions that are either misrepresented by the media in the United States or are in political turmoil with the US government. Their hope is to humanize other cultures that are not easily accessible and initiate meaningful discussion regarding these misconceptions.

Founder and owner Mana Heshmati (pictured below) explains why she started Peace Meal Kitchen and how her organization works to combine cuisine with causes.

Peace Meal Kitchen operates as a pop-up which means we have no permanent home in Detroit. When serving food we operate as a caterer and “take over” local restaurant & bar kitchens. I plan on not limiting the focus to food, but expanding to offer movie nights, live music, and Farsi language workshops at various locations later this year.

As a Persian American, I noticed a large percentage of people can’t differentiate between many of the cultures in the world. I decided to take the steps needed to drive this change. I started off with featuring Iran since that is a culture that I am closely familiar with to build an initial network then shift to featuring other countries.

th We raised over $500 for OMID with an overwhelming response to our first Taste of Iran pop-up with a line out the door and around the corner, so future events will all be ticketed ahead of time to help create a better experience for customers.”

Find our more about Peace Meal Kitchen events.

Peace Meal Kitchen, Mana

If you would like to become  a fundraiser please email us today. Contact info@omidfoundation.com.