By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Last week we went to see one of the best events in Tehran, and the fact that all the proceeds benefitted Mahak, the charity for children with cancer in Tehran was a big extra attraction. The bazaar was organized by the fantastic, energetic and professional Mahak Youth Group and had a lot of buzz and fun about it.
When I see all these young people who spend their free time devotedly helping others and I ask them why, they say it is the hope, the hope that what they do, and their contributions big or small, will help towards the treatment of those children upstairs. Mahak's strength comes from these volunteers and the Mahak youth group is a light in the heart of those like me who know it will be in safe hands.
The Mahak Youth Volunteers Group like their young at heart elders are the soul of Mahak and the devotion that all of these wonderful hard working, caring, loving volunteers exert when they are doing something for Mahak is amazing and makes one hope and pray that soon the Mahak way of deep love and affection for humanity and for children in need combined with modern professionalism will spread ever more wider.
Paul and I have been involved with Mahak for several years and as we go along we are ever more drawn into it. Through rain, the rush hour, having fifty guests for dinner, problems at the office, and so on somehow we find the strength to get there and do that we have willingly and proudly accepted to do. It is so much easier because it is for these darling angels that I come across when I am at Mahak, some smile, or one frown is enough to make me run up and down to do what I can and as often as I humanly can. Someone who travels a lot told me
Mahak is Iran's leading NGO and one of the best places in the Middle East for treatment of children with cancer. International merit awards have been awarded to the organization and its founder Mrs. Saideh Ghods. The Mahak mode of operation and strength has been based on its volunteers and now that it is growing as an international organization it has a developed a few main goals. First and foremost is that because the role of its devoted volunteers has always been the core of its success, the number of volunteers must in the near future reach some 70% of its total staff.
Its main aims are to be transparent, to have a human
approach with genuine care and concern for all those in need of their service-
children suffering from cancer and their families without any exception, with
very strong role for volunteers in aspects. These have been core of Mahak's
success, and we all hope that Mahak's path with the role of volunteers in
running, managing and decision making and its methods and sense of social duty,
care and concern will become the blueprint for all NGOs in Iran.
About Mahak:About two decades ago a mother who had experienced having a child with cancer and had witnessed first hand the difficulties faced by her child, pledged to set up a center that would act as a refuge for children and their families in a similar situation. With the assistance of the same friends and relatives who had helped her through her own ordeal, a board of trustees was selected and MAHAK Society to Support Children suffering from Cancer was set up as a non profit, non-governmental organization and was registered under number 6567 in 1991. MAHAK has been active from that day on in helping children with cancer and their families.
MAHAK Hospital & Rehabilitation Complex,
MAHAK St, Oushan, Lashgarak Road, Aqdasieh, Tehran, Iran. P.O Box:
19395-5445, To see the map click here
Tel: (+9821) 22451414, (+9821) 22490544-7,
Fax: (+9821) 22445454
No 36, Neda Sq, Chizar,
Tel: (+9821) 22213946, (+9821) 22213888,
Fax: (+9821) 22201312
No 36, GF, Mellat Tower, in front of the Mellat Part, Vali-e-Asr Avenue.
Tel: (+9821) 22025518, (+9821) 22037473, (+9821) 22037474
Tehran Villa Hostel:
No 79, Shahid Safavian St, Fourth St, Tehran Villa Junction, Satarkhan.
Tel: (+9821) 66504136
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