EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: ESHRAT GHOLIPOOR March 20, 2019 by Azadeh Akbari Eshrat Gholipoor is the Head of Department for Development and External Affairs at OMID. She has been working at OMID for over thirteen years. She holds a Bachelors in Social Sciences. We sat down with Eshrat to find out more about her experience at OMID and here is what she had to say: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Congrats on being chosen as OMID’s employee of the month! Can you tell us more about how you first learned about OMID and your role here? Thank you! It was the summer of 2006, and I was working with children forced into labour in Shoosh when I first met OMID’s founder, Mrs Halati, who was a donor of our cause helping us support the children. That same year, in Autumn, she contacted me and offered me the opportunity to work with OMID. I was thrilled about the opportunity and joined OMID as Administrative Manager. I worked in this role for three years. Following a restructure at OMID, my role took a new direction and I acquired the responsibility of development and external affairs and have been working in this department since then. What is your favourite memory at OMID? The conquest of reaching the peak of Damavand Mountain by OMID girls mountain climbing group was the most beautiful experience and memory I have at OMID. I remember on the day that the girls were supposed to be conquering the summit, I was in an emotional state that is hard to describe with words. Then, after I heard that they had indeed reached the top of Damavand, I felt a deep sense of pride and joy. I was so moved by their conquest and it stayed with me. That day, I came to the belief that all of us, with the proper space for growth and tools to learn, can actually reach our potential and excel in our goals. OMID helps our girls conquer their own living peaks and believe in themselves and their abilities. Conquering this peak also indicates that teamwork is always effective, and through empathy and help, we can cross the hardships and conquer the peaks. Do you have a message for our readers and how people can support your work at OMID? If anyone wants to create a better society, they have to recognize the role they play in creating this change and their contributions towards this goal. By society, I mean our global society, not just Iran. By lighting even just one candle, one can bring light in their surrounding space. The possibility of lighting the candles of OMID for many women and girls exists. All you need is the desire to help. How you support OMID doesn’t matter. What matters is your will to create a better world and your participation in whichever way is possible for you. There are so many ways you can support our cause and bring light into the lives of individuals including raising awareness, donating, or volunteering to name a few.