The Qalamkar Project

Persian woodblock printed textiles supporting women's welfare in Iran

  1. The Omid Foundation

The Qalamkar Project takes pride in supporting an inspiring and successful non-religious, non-governmental foundation.

25% of our profits go directly to the foundation to assist them in bringing their programs to the lives of those who need it the most in Iran.

The Omid Foundation has helped thousands of young, disadvantaged women get their lives back on track.

The Omid Foundation has a holistic program comprising of two and a half years residential care and education, which is followed by six to twelve months vocational training or four years at university. At the conclusion of the program graduates are either placed in properly remunerated positions in the private sector, start their own business, or enroll in a degree course at a university.
This unique program strives to address the entirety of the needs of the girls at the Omid-e-Mehr centers and is the brainchild of social psychologist and psychotherapist, Marjaneh Halati. While looking at how other countries in North America and Europe dealt with issues of abuse, neglect and poverty in young women, Marjaneh expanded those concepts to create a unique environment for disadvantaged girls in Tehran.

The Omid Foundation believes in creating a warm, secure, and non-judgmental environment in which the young women who come to their centers immediately begin to experience what it feels like to have the value of their lives affirmed, and to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness. Their program is gender sensitive, youth focused, and trauma informed. It is designed to re-integrate the girls into society and gives them the tools to rebuild their lives.

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