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THE STORY:

In Iran, 50% of the 75 million plus population live under the poverty line. Recent investigative reports have indicated that the population’s purchasing power has fallen by 72% over eight years from 2005 to 2013. "In that context of rising poverty and unemployment, workers are left with no legal channels to present their claims and no collective bargaining rights". This is one of the main reasons for the enormous increase in child labour in Iran.

Every day, seven days a week, Hamid, who is just 10 years old, stands in the middle of four lanes of unrelenting, heaving Tehran traffic, waiting for the lights to go red. He then weaves his way through the fumes and noise, tapping on the sides of cars. If he is lucky, a driver will lean out of his window and pluck from his hand a small sheet of paper - a poem written by the great Persian poet Hafez - in return for the equivalent of 15 US cents. He dreams to have a clean shirt.

Hamid is just one example of street children in Iran. There are about 50,000 street childes in Tehran, the capital of Iran, alone. These street children stand day and night in the junctions and crowed areas to sell whatever they can such as flowers, matches and plasters. Officials figures reveals that between 150 – 200 street kids die every month from malnutrition and dangerous working conditions.

These kids dream of having a proper meal a day, they dream of having a new pair of shoes once in a couple of years, and most importantly they dream of being happy. Now that we are getting closer to the ancient Persian New Year (Nouroz), it is the perfect time to put a smile on the face of these children by making their dreams come true, which could be as small as having a good meal on New Year’s day.

Please help us to help these kids and their family to have a decent start in the New Year. A small amount as little as $75 would buy a whole outfit for one person and provides food for a month.

On behalf of the street kids, we would like to thank you in advance for your support.

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