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I am an Iranian American, and about every year, I visit my grandparents in Iran.  Iran is a beautiful place, with the most diverse landscape on the planet, a long and interesting history, and wonderful people. I am proud to be Iranian :) In Iran, there are few legal protections or rights for women. Violence against women is often socially acceptable, leading to few places for them to turn to.  Young women my age don't have access to the abundant resources and opportunities we have here in America. I want to help - so this summer, I am going to Iran to volunteer with the OMID Foundation, at the OMID center in Tehran. The OMID Foundation is an non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the social, emotional, and economic opportunities for disadvantaged young women in Iran.  In Persian, "Omid" means hope. Women from ages 15 - 24, referred by hospitals, schools and social workers, come to the Omid center. They often have mental health and emotional difficulties, stemming from neglect, abuse, or exposure to drugs or violence. Many have dropped out of school. The OMID Foundation provides counseling, education, and opportunities. At the Omid center in Tehran, about 200 girls are enrolled for three years and attend everyday. With art and music therapy and counseling, girls are taught self-awareness and confidence. They attend educational and vocational classes and workshops that teach English, accounting, financial planning, and more. At the end of their stay, the OMID Foundation helps support girls through college, or helps them find jobs. There is nothing else like it in Iran. I visited the Omid center in February. Complete with a theater, beautiful art covering the walls, computer rooms and art rooms, it emanated a sense of hope and community from the people. In July, I am returning to volunteer there with the Omid Angel program. It can be hard to think about what goes on in the world outside of our towns or cities, but here we are - I want to tell my friends and family and YOUR friends and family about the OMID Foundation and their mission. Although it is hard to travel to Iran and help directly, as I am lucky to be doing, you can help by donating money.  The OMID Foundation relies on donations to pay for the amazing programs, people, and materials it takes to run the school. Finally, donations also go to paying for college tuition for the young women who want to continue their studies. Any donation amount can help support and build this school and community and touch the lives of strong young women half way across the world. If you want to learn more about the organization, go to their website: or visit their facebook page: Please donate. It has a very powerful effect and helps the girls who are part of OMID.   thank you :) Leila Grant



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