Omid Foundation Launches New Website To Celebrate Its 10 Year Anniversary

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Omid Foundation announces plans for decade ahead with launch of entrepreneurship center, and employment of its graduates.

To celebrate its ten year anniversary, the Omid Foundation today launched a new look website to position the organization for the decade ahead. In making the announcement, Omid Foundation founder Marjaneh Halati said, “After ten years of helping women in need in Iran, our foundation is looking to the decade ahead. As part of our plans, we launched our new website which really showcases the impact we’ve had, and the direction ahead.”

Founded in 2004, the Omid Foundation is committed to strengthening the social, emotional and economic opportunities of disadvantaged young women in Iran. Omid Foundation provides a sense of self worth and life and opportunities in three key areas: self-empowerment, education and training. Omid Foundation prides on the holistic approach to helping these young women learn to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. Now entering the second decade, the foundation believes that they have developed one of the most effective programs in the world.

Starting with a small group of 15 women ten years ago, the Omid Foundation was set up to help young women in Iran who are victims of sexual, physical or mental abuse. It now caters to more than 200 women at any one time, in four different facilities in Tehran. More than a quarter of them are Afghani immigrants. The program is having impact as the foundation firmly believes that no one understands the suffering of marginalized young women better, than a young woman who has experienced it herself. This is the main reason why one of the main objectives is gradually to transfer major parts of the management of the organization to their own graduates. 12% of Omid Foundation's current staff are already the foundation's own graduates and are planning to increase this to 25% in 2017 and 40% in 2020.

Added Founder and Omid Foundation CEO Marjaneh Halati, “Such is the need for our work that in the next decade we plan to open one new center with a capacity of 100, every three years. Tehran will continue to be our base as it still remains the destination of choice for runaways in Iran, because of the anonymity it offers.”

The Omid Foundation will also be setting up an entrepreneurship center that will have the capacity to assist up to 250 women, which is anticipated to become operational in 2016.

Further information about our foundation can be found at http://www.omidfoundation.com
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