Update August 2021 – Covid & Afghan Refugees
We hope you are all safe and well. While we were hoping the pandemic would be in our rear-view mirror by now, the devastation has only intensified as Covid and the deluge of Afghan refugees have engulfed Iran.
This is a brief update on our recent work in response to the worsening situation in Iran and Afghanistan.
Our CEO, Diana Khalatbari, spent six weeks in Iran this summer to examine our projects and ensure our resources are allocated efficiently.
While the trip was very challenging, the need for PKCF to continue its work has never been more important.
In response to the dual challenges of Covid and the Afghan refugee crisis, we are doing the following:
• In coordination with our charity partner Nikan, we are sourcing, purchasing, and supplying several hospitals with essential medical equipment. These include a range of items from critical equipment for intensive care units to smaller items such as oxygen cylinders.
• We continue to support Afghan refugee families in Iran with the provision of food and sanitation packages in Tehran and its suburbs. We are working with the UNHCR in Iran who is referring new arrivals to us from neighbouring Afghanistan. Our social workers visit these new refugees to determine their needs and they are then added to our list of care package recipients.
We will continue and expand our efforts in response to the current crises in the region. As always, we will continue funding and supervising our core projects. Our heartfelt gratitude to you all for continuing to support the Foundation.
Since 1998, the Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation (PKCF) has been a conduit between those facing challenges through poverty or ill health and those who have the resources and appetite to help them. Together we have financed education, equipped hospitals, created opportunities and built schools and orphanages.
Understanding that poverty and misfortune are not just consequences of war or natural disaster but exist similarly in otherwise safe and stable parts of the world, we have been mindful of the need for our work not just in distant places but in the very communities where we live and often thrive.
Over two decades, we have distributed almost £7 million across a variety of projects, with a mandate to bring light to those who are otherwise living in the shadow of hopelessness, regardless of who or where they are. These funds – and help in kind – have come to us from supporters across the globe who share our values and trust us to be the instruments of their goodwill and generosity. With the privilege of this immense responsibility, we are conscious of the need for us to act with integrity, transparency and compassion, and we welcome all who show an interest in finding out more about our projects and our governance.
We look forward to welcoming you to the PKCF family.
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