Source: Child Foundation, Portland, Oregon
We are pleased to announce that on September 10, 2013, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which oversees the sanctions on Iran, said in a statement that it had eased sanctions on Iran that will enable U.S. nongovernmental organizations to perform humanitarian work in the country.
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The 2012 East Azerbaijan earthquakes occurred near the cities of Ahar and Varzaqan in Iran's East Azerbaijan Province, on August 11, 2012, at 16:53 Iran Standard Time. The two quakes measured 6.4 and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale, and were separated by eleven minutes. The epicenter of the earthquakes was 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Tabriz. At least 306 people died and more than 3000 others were injured, primarily in the rural and mountainous areas to the northeast of Tabriz (though 45 died in the city of Ahar). Child Foundation has been one of the first NGOs assisting earthquake victims on the region.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury issued two general licenses that authorize the exportation of funds and services by nongovernmental organizations to support humanitarian projects designed to benefit the Iranian people.
The move means nonprofit groups focused on disaster relief, wildlife conservation, human rights and similar programs will no longer have to apply for special permission to enter Iran and conduct business there.
"I would consider this as a perfect opportunity for Child Foundation to expand its activities and help more children living in poverty to remain in school," Said Dr. Peyman Raoofi, President of Child Foundation.
"We expressed our appreciation for the move in a letter to the OFAC Director and Assistant Director for Licensing since this means that we can expand our efforts in providing access to education for children living in poverty, eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and, in certain countries, early matrimony," he added.
Child Foundation is currently evaluating the positive ways this will impact how we can make a difference. We will update you as details are made available. For a link to the General License E issued today click here.
Since its establishment in 1994, Child Foundation has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship enhancing the quality of the life for these children as well as their respective families. By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and, in certain countries, early matrimony. Child Foundation supports the United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals to eradicate hunger, promote primary education and gender equality in the classroom.
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