Source: Tehran Times
A charity center in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, which is home to the shrine of Imam Reza, teaches street children music and organizes concerts, during which the children perform. Ghazaleh Lotfi and her husband, Ramin Zafari, established the Forugh Mohabbat Charity Institute in 2003 to help reduce delinquency in society.
"We decided to focus on street children, helping them imagine a better world through music," Lotfi told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.
"We began our job with five children and the education program went so well that the children were then able to perform a concert," she added.
"Now, we are happy that the children have progressed to be young musicians, who perform occasional concerts and also hold educational courses for the children supported by the institute," Lotfi stated.
They also lend a helping hand by introducing new street children to the institute.
Lotfi commemorated Gholamali Puratai and Haj Qorban Soleimani, two late maestros of Khorasan regional music, who had accompanied the children in some concerts.
Forugh Mohabbat has never received any support from governmental organizations, said Lotfi and added, "I only asked cultural officials to lift the obstacles to performing our concerts."
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