“FCI recognizes that through an organized effort to help children, one ensures a better future and more respectful relations between different peoples of the world.” -The Foundation for the Children of Iran
In 1991, a group of Iranian immigrants founded a charity in the United States called the Foundation for the Children of Iran (FCI). FCI gives health care to Iranian children regardless of race, creed, color, and religious or political affiliations. The health care they provide is either at a greatly discounted price or pro bono, and the Foundation has helped dozens of children in the past 20 years. To see some of the children they have helped, visit their “Children” page here.
I donated money to FCI’s Prince Alireza Pahlavi Memorial Fund just after Alireza Pahlavi died in early January this year. One of the wonderful things about this charity is that they send out a fantastic thank-you. I’ve given to a number of charities, and most don’t even acknowledge that I donated anything, but I got a letter from Princess Yasmine Pahlavi, one of the founders, after donating to FCI.
While the Foundation for the Children of Iran has a very different focus than My Persian-Speaking Friends in some ways, we have a very similar mission in others. On FCI’s website, they say that “…while governments may quarrel, people are tied together by a common bond of humanity that is enduring and reflective of a higher self in each of us.” This is exactly the sentiment that I feel, and I’m sure most, if not all, of the volunteers for My Persian-Speaking Friends would say that same. If you have the means, please donate to the foundation, which you can do here.