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:

Mehrdad Erfani cycled some distance last July to help OMID, 340 miles to be precise. In doing so he raised 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.  

He rides again on April 23 2017 this time 100K. Click here  to support this fundraiser and click here to read more about Merhdad Erfani’s Ride For Hope.

Zahra Ashrafi  recently faced an amazing challenge for OMID in her 100K back to back ultra-marathons in Antarctica and Chile in late January and early February this year. She is next running in Tehran on April 7.  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. Please click here to find out more about how Zahra did in running this 100K for OMID and what she will be doing in Tehran.

On March 12 2017, in the UK,  a team of six London and Iran based professionals ran to raise funds for OMID’s tuition costs campaign  in the North London Half Marathon starting and finishing inside the historic Wembley Stadium, as pictured below. The team who ran were Bahadur Ahramian, Sam Behnia, Kaveh Goudarzi,  Xanyar Kamangar, Golriz Kolahi and Rana Varshocrhi-Pirouz. They have raised over £5060 exceeding their target to help with our education appeal for two young women at OMID.

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 at  info@omidfoundation.com.