Empowering Disadvantaged Young Women

Our Program


Our  holistic program comprises two and a half years residential care and education, which is followed by six to twelve months vocational training or four years at university.  This unique program strives to address the totality of the needs of the girls at the Omid-e-Mehr centers, is the brainchild of our founder, social psychologist and psychotherapist, Marjaneh Halati. She looked at how other countries in North America and Europe dealt with issues of abuse, neglect and poverty in young women and expanded those concepts to create a unique environment for disadvantaged girls in Tehran.

The Omid Foundation believes in creating a warm, secure, and non-judgmental environment in which the young women who come to our centers immediately begin to experience what it feels like to have the value of their lives affirmed, and to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.

The program is gender sensitive, youth focused, and trauma informed. It is designed to re-integrate our girls into society and gives them the tools to rebuild their lives. The self-empowerment process is based on the four cornerstones of the program which are care, counseling, education and training. At the conclusion of the program graduates being are either placed in properly remunerated positions in the private sector, start their own business, or enrol on a degree course at a university.

We welcome girls and women who present challenging behavior, knowing it is the product of emotional hurt. The Omid-e-Mehr centers are designed to function in a parenting capacity, meeting the emotional and personal development needs of our young women, in addition to their educational needs.