Winter Appeal – USA
OMID Foundation would like to wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As the holiday season approaches what could be more generous and gratifying than giving the gift of a life changing experience? You can make higher education accessible to young women in Iran who are not as fortunate as our own young female friends and family.
After the young women complete the OMID program, what do they do next? How do they achieve their ambitions and realize their true potential after they leave our center when they cannot afford tuition fees to enroll in further courses?
Here are just some young women who will need help to achieve their ambitions and realize their dreams. Each has their own story of a desperate past, their growth and development at OMID and their future plans.
Please read the stories of each young woman below and if you want to help then click on the link to to go to her fundraising page as part of our higher education campaign.
Please note – Once we reach each woman’s goal, additional funds raised will be used to meet the educational needs of other young women in the OMID program.
Kaia came to OMID almost two years ago. She left home at just 15, after being sold on the street, to feed her mother’s drug addiction and following an incident where her brothers attempted to sexually abuse her.
Since coming to OMID Kaia has excelled academically, regained her self-confidence, and completed her high school education. Her passion is to become an English teacher. She has excelled in English and will complete the OMID Program in March 2017. She has been accepted to Azad University to study English Language.
Help fund Kaia’s tuition fees which will be $471 a term or eight terms for a total of $3765 over the four-year period.
VISIT KAIA’S PAGE
Shirin came to OMID when she was just 15 years old. At a young age she was married off to an addict. They divorced after a short period and Shirin returned to her father, who was also a drug addict. She lived a life of homelessness and misery with her dad, with no information of the whereabouts of her mother and brother. Her father regularly abused her.
She came to OMID suffering from cumulative and complex traumas.
She has since been enrolled to finish high school, has benefited from a Yoga Hope training program and her passion is acting and dance and she has excelled as a member of the OMID Theater Group. She has also shown a practical aptitude for finance and so her ambition is to train to become an accountant. She plans to attend university to study business & finance first, whilst keeping her passion for the stage alive as a hobby!
Please help us fund Shirin’s tuition fees which will be $471 a term or eight terms for a total of $3765 over the four-year period.
Homa was 19 when she cam to OMID. She was born to a poor family who did not want another female child and could not afford to support an addition to the family. As a result she was given to one of the midwives at the hospital who adopted her. Unfortunately her adoptive mother got sick and died when Homa was just 13 and her adoptive mother’s siblings sent her back to her birth parents. She felt forces then to give in to a marriage to escape her situation at home, but her husband turned out to be a drug addict. With the help her step-aunt who lives in Tehran she managed to escape and was then referred to OMID.
When she came to OMID, she was suffering from great a deal of pain and anger and did not trust anyone. With the help of an experienced and multi-disciplinary team of specialists offering her supportive and empowering therapy sessions to help recover her strength, restore her trust in others and gain a sense of self-belief. Homa is now much stronger, more settled and living in an OMID shelter. She is also working hard on her studies and looking forward to finishing high school this spring. After this she wants to go on to study at Azad University in Tehran, to become an Architect.
Please help fund Homa’s tuition fees which will be $471 per term or eight terms for $3765 over the four-year period.
Mahsa came to OMID with a history of multiple abuse. Her father had been sentenced to life imprisonment for selling drugs and her mother to be able to support her family in his absence took over the role of drug dealer from her husband. At the age of 14 She was sexually abused and tried to kill herself . Soon after this major trauma she started to use crystal methamphetamine in high school. Then at 16, and still an addict, she was prostituted by her mother to feed their habits. She spent some time in jail as a result and was referred to OMID on her last occasion in police custody.
At the beginning of her journey at OMID she suffered from stress and anxiety, and had some difficulties coping with classes. But with therapy and the help of her multi-disciplinary therapy, learning and social work team and our trauma informed support program she graduated from high school and became a member of OMID Mountain Climbing Team who climbed up mount Damavand. She is now an active member of Peer Education classes and is currently an intern working to become a beautician. When she leaves the program in May, she wishes to enroll on a business training scheme so she can open her own beauty salon and even fulfill her dream to launch her own beauty product line.
Please help fund her tuition fees which will be $627 a term for three terms or $1883 over the eighteen month period.
Click on the link above of the young woman you wish to help raise funds for. Once we reach each woman’s goal, additional funds raised will be used to meet the educational needs of other young women in the OMID program. Here are two other girls who’s target have already been met, through the generosity of some of our supporters. You can still donate and see their pages too. Thank you.
Mina was just 15 when she came to OMID. She was in a state of extreme shock having been brutally assaulted and left for dead by her drug addict brothers and cousins.
Now she is happy, healthy and compassionate young woman who has been a good friend to other girls at OMID. Her dream is to help others. When she completes her 2.5 year education program at OMID, Mina wants to attend a vocational course to become a nursing home care worker.
Please help fund Mina’s tuition fees which will be $627 a term for three terms or $1883 over the eighteen month period.
Tiara came to OMID almost two years ago, having left home at just 14 to escape abuse at the hands of her father and brother.
Now almost two years on Tiara is one of the brightest girls at OMID. She excels in science and mathematics. Tiara finishes her 2.5 year program at OMID in May 2017 and she wants to go to Azad University to study to become a Physicist.
Please help fund Tiara’s tuition fees which will be $471 per term or eight terms for $3765 over the four-year period.