Empowering Disadvantaged Young Women


The recent earthquake in Kermanshah has left many people without the basics they need to stay warm, be fed and remain sheltered.

Since its inception OMID as an organization and all the young women enrolled in the OMID Program have always mobilized themselves to help whenever a natural disaster has occurred in Iran. As access to effected areas is at first restricted and travel to those areas sometimes risky, OMID always first sends some key staff members with emergency supplies (cookers, heaters, blankets, etc.) to help those who have been effected, boost their morale, and assess what longer term help OMID can provide that will have lasting impact. In view of OMID’s mission focus on young women, the longer-term programs invariably involve helping young women and their families.

Within a week of the earthquake an OMID truck with portable heaters and cookers went to several villages. While there, OMID staff also played with children and gave out toys – helping to take their minds off their traumatic experience. A second truck was sent to the area in the fourth week of November. Here is a video of the recent visits:

In mid-December, Marjaneh will travel to the earthquake area with five members of our outreach program and five members of our therapeutic staff. The therapeutic staff will stay there for as long as needed. They are there to help families who have been traumatized by the earthquake experience come to term with their trauma. They will conduct group therapy programs for families and sometimes whole communities. The therapeutic staff will likely stay for four to six weeks, while everyone else will return to Tehran after five days to plan the next steps.

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