We would like to take this time to thank our sponsors and donors, who have made this work possible even in the most difficult circumstances. As we look to the new year, we continue our efforts to raise funds to support and expand our programs. Ongoing programs that can benefit from donations include our scholarship program, providing scholarships for specific young women to continue their university studies; our PARVANEHA (Butterfly) program, which promotes self-esteem and resilience among young women; or our skills based programs mentioned above. 

Additionally, we recognize the urgent need for support in the face of ongoing trauma and gender-based violence, and we are grateful for the continued support of our donors and collaborators as we are responding to the current uprisings in Iran by organizing online trauma workshops, which have and continue to help young women become aware of the psychological, physical, social and societal impact of the experiences they are witnessing and experiencing daily, so that they may learn, further develop and enhance coping strategies that can get them through these difficult times. For a full list of programs please contact us: info@omidfoundation.com

With the turmoils and upheavals in both Iran and Afghanistan taking the traumas experienced by women in both countries to new heights, OMID’s expertise in helping women to overcome their traumas is more important than ever. This expertise is the result of ongoing training of our staff and must continue in order to always be at the cutting edge of trauma healing. Our staff training in the new year will involve collaborations with top international practitioners to train 12 of our facilitators to run:

Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) group workshops, an intervention for women who survived trauma and have mental health management needs, teaching them skills and strategies for self-comfort and accurate self-monitoring.

Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) programs, a trauma treatment model that focuses on the neurobiological roots of trauma, designed to help those who experience traumatic experiences by connecting the healthiest parts of the person to their most primitive aspects. The goal is to neutralize the intolerable instances that occur when trauma resurfaces and replace them with healthy, positive effects that are now separate from the traumatic past. 

Please contribute to our Nowruz campaign. The average cost of training one facilitator for each of these programs is $425, which means that we need to raise $10,200 in order for all 12 facilitators to receive both trainings. It is only with your support that we can proceed with these trainings and insure that our staff maintain their state of the art trauma healing competencies.