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Iranian-American organizations licensed to send aid to earthquake victims

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by Jahanshah Javid
23-Aug-2012
 

These are some of the Iranian American organizations who have received special permission from the US government to send aid to earthquake victims in Iran's Azarbaijan region. Pass on to all who would like to help.

NIAC Applauds General License for Earthquake Assistance

NIAC strongly applauds the White House for issuing a temporary general license authorizing charitable organizations to provide direct humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to the victims of the earthquakes in northwest Iran.

“This humanitarian gesture will empower the American people to help Iranians who’ve lost everything to this terrible natural disaster,” said NIAC assistant policy director David Elliott. “The White House should be commended for ensuring that emergency relief efforts won’t be held hostage to the bad relations between the two countries.”

The White House’s decision comes after thousands of Americans, 14 members of Congress, and a broad coalition of organizations wrote to the President urging him to issue a general license exempting humanitarian relief efforts from sanctions on Iran. President Bush issued a similar sanctions waiver after a devastating earthquake hit Bam, Iran in 2003.

"The onus is now on the Iranian government to put the wellbeing of its people first and eliminate all obstacles for delivering aid to the Iranian people,” Elliott said.

Even though the Iranian government has refused formal aid from the U.S. government, the general license will enable U.S. nongovernmental organizations to provide humanitarian assistance directly to the Iranian people.

Last week, NIAC worked closely with Congressman Kucinich (D-OH) to advance a letter urging President Obama to issue such a general license and for the “administration to provide public guidance that financial institutions are permitted and encouraged to facilitate all legal transactions that have been licensed by the U.S. Government.” As that letter made clear, the Obama Administration should encourage financial institutions to facilitate all OFAC-licensed transactions like relief assistance, so that these efforts are not blocked by banks that are overzealously applying the sanctions.

“This general license means that more organizations will be able to provide emergency assistance more quickly” said Elliott.

There are a number of nonprofit organizations working to provide disaster assistance, including Moms Against Poverty, Relief International, Children of Persia, Child Foundation, and Iranian American Muslim Association of North America (IMAN).

Bita Daryabari To Match Donations to Earthquake Victims

PAAIA. - In an act of true generosity, Bita Daryabari, Founder and CEO of Pars Equality Center announced yesterday that she will match donations made to Pars Equality Center for the victims of the recent earthquake in northwestern Iran. “Over 50,000 people have been moved to emergency camps. In these devastating conditions, with all we have to be thankful and grateful for, it is easily incumbent upon us to come together and help,” Ms. Daryabari said.   “It is easily incumbent upon us to come together and help. The organization has selected Relief International as its chosen partner for this endeavor. “

Relief International has had a presence in Iran for a number of years and is one of the few organizations who were recently granted a license (#IA-2012-296528-1) by the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control to provide emergency tents and supplies that would shelter survivors from night chills. Click here to make a tax deductible donation into Pars Equality Center's larger Relief International pool set up for this purpose.  Please designate the donation for "Iran Earthquake".

In addition, today, a coalition of Iranian American organizations, including PAAIA, sent a letter to President Obama, thanking him for issuing a general license to enable the Iranian American community to more efficiently provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake in Iran. In addition to PAAIA, the letter was signed by Child Foundation, Children of Persia, Hand Foundation, Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Iranian American Muslim Association of North America, Moms Against Poverty, National Iranian American Council, United For Iran, and West Asia Council. To add your signature to this thank you letter, click here.

PAAIA will continue to provide updates regarding relief efforts for the earthquake victims.

HELP Earthquake Survivors in Iran

Relief International: The Gifts Of Shelter, Education And Microcredit Are The Gifts Of A Community's Future.

Two devastating earthquakes struck Iran last week killing hundreds, destroying homes, and disrupting communities. 50,0000 people have been moved to camps. In these devastating conditions, a small amount of money can go a long way.

Relief International is providing emergency tents and supplies, sheltering surivivors from night chills. Ensuring children's education continues and to overcome the trauma of the tragedy, Relief International is providing Library Kits to teachers in the camps. When families begin to return to their villages, microcredit loans provide a chance to put their livelihoods back on track.

You Can Help:

- $250 provides a tent for one family.
- $350 provides a loan toward a self-sustaining livelihood.
- $500 provides a library in a box.

Relief International is proud to be the holder of a Treasury Department OFAC license (#IA-2012-296528-1).

Join us in providing assistance to the earthquake-stricken people of Iran.

Emergency Tabriz Earthquake Fund

Child Foundation: The efforts of the recently formed coalition of Iranian-American organizations, including Child Foundation, have resulting in OFAC issuing a general license for cash to be sent for the sole purpose of earthquake relief. This means we can now send your donations directly to help the victims of the earthquake! Click here to read the letter issued by the US government.

AZERBAIJAN - IRAN Earthquake Relief Fund

MAP: Good News! Mom's Against Poverty just received a Special Earthquake Relief Permit from OFAC! Now, we can legally send funds to Iran specifically for earthquake relief. Donate here.

Urgent Message to Our Donors and Supporters

Children of Persia: US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has just issued a general license for earthquake relief in Iran

We are very happy to announce that our attempts and hard work, in collaboration with other Iranian-American organizations, in asking US Office of Foreign Assets Control for a general license to provide assistance to the victims of earthquake did finally pay off, and on Aug. 21, 2012, OFAC issued a 45-day general license for US-based NGOs, such as Children of Persia, to collect and send funds for humanitarian aid and reconstruction efforts for earthquake victims in Iran.

To read the license in full, please clich here

How can you help?

Children of Persia is dedicated to providing assistance to the victims of the earthquake tragedy. Now that the OFAC has issued a general license for this specific case, we will be collecting the funds for the earthquake victims.

Please send your tax deductable donation here.

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please take a break and RELAX:)

T hank you.


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Dr M: that was not a nice

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Dr M: that was not a nice comment. Be positive. It's easy to be cynical. We need to do a lot more. Where is the spirit?

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Dr. Mohandes

what a simplistic analysis

by Dr. Mohandes on

While opting for generosity and coming together to help those stricken by the earthquake, It is good to not lose sight of reality,

I understand it makes some people feel much better that they have contributed around 400 bucks to each family, but considering that they really and actually had nothing to start with, there really is no "getting" anyone back on their feet.

but hey...any feel good measure is i guess better than nothing right? 


Bavafa

Dear Jessh Daram: So did you find out....

by Bavafa on

How much you have to contribute and what is your matching is going to be?

Hope he won't make you go broke?

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 

Mehrdad


iraj khan

ما، مردم `خارج از ایران`

iraj khan


1. Lets suppose:

the Iranian employees of the mentioned Silicon Valley company could collect $5000 from other employees

and the company's Foundation will match it and add $5000 to it:

we will have $10,000.

“Over 50,000 people have been moved to emergency camps. In these devastating conditions, with all we have to be thankful and grateful for, it is easily incumbent upon us to come together and help,”

$350 provides a loan toward a self-sustaining livelihood to get back on their feet.

$10,000 divided by $350:

we can provide $350 to about 30 families.

2. They are us, we are them: 

United States government is not sending any help, Iran rejected it. The money that is being collected is by American citizens.

Iranians, we are them.

Americans, we are them too, it's all a family affair.

I'm just saying.


Nader Vanaki

مردم داخل ایران به اندازه کافی کمک کردن

Nader Vanaki


و مردمان ایرانی ساکن امریکا هم لازم نیست خودشون رو اینقدر کوچک و حقیر کنند که حالا عمو سام اجازه داده موقّتاً به ایران کمک ارسال بشه.  توهین از این بزرگتر که آمریکا حالا میخواد در حق مردم ایران بزرگی کنه و برای سه ماه صدقه بده؟  آمریکا اگر دلش به حال ایران به رحم اومده چرا قطعات یدکی بویئنگ به ایران نمیفروشه؟  لابد به نفع شرکتهای آمریکایی هستش که آقازاده پشم الله جنتی باید حتماً تجارت قطعات یدکی هواپیما در انحصارش باشه.

تازه هرچه قدر هم کمک بفرستین یک جای کار هَپلی میشه میره و بدست زلزله زده ها نمیرسه.


iraj khan

از تو حرکت از او ..

iraj khan


One may want to send

a 'Thank You' note to President Obama:

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for taking action to enable the American people to help the Iranian people in their time of need following the earthquakes that struck northern Iran.   We greatly appreciate your issuance of a general license to help ensure sanctions don’t obstruct humanitarian relief in the aftermath of this tragedy.  Your efforts demonstrate that disputes between governments should never interfere with humanitarian needs and goodwill among people.

Thank you,"

http://www.niacinsight.com/2012/08/22/thank-obama-for-lifting-sanctions-on-humanitarian-aid/


Jeesh Daram

I match Reza Pahlavi's contributions

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Whatever amount Reza Pahlavi contributes to this cause I will match it dollar by dollar. I know it's not much, but that's the best I can do.


MM

Thanks JJ for the update - will do

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ham1328

Before rushing to send help, please read this.

by ham1328 on


iraj khan

Take 2

by iraj khan on

A major silican valley has offerred a matching fund to help the quake victims in Iran.

This is what they wrote to one of their Iranian American employees:

"The criteria that the (X) Foundation uses to determine which events qualify for a matching gift program would normally not apply to the recent events in Iran. 

I am therefore especially glad to let you know that your request has prompted an exception in this case.

  Understanding that this is a unique window during which you and the Foundation have the opportunity to offer direct support to the people of Iran in this time of need, a matching fund has been created, and will be available for donations until end of day on September 14."

Thanks to the Iranian American employees of this major company who made this possible.


Bavafa

A note for donating thru Pars Equality Center…..

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If your transaction for donation thru PayPal gets rejected, contact them and they will help out.  I tried it multiple times and without any explanation, my transaction did not go thru, but a call to the organization made it possible.

Again, my thanks to those who made it possible for me to donate to Iranians in need of help without fear of persecution.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 

Mehrdad


iraj khan

Update

by iraj khan on

August 22, 2012, Washington D.C. - In an act of true generosity, Bita Daryabari, Founder and CEO of Pars Equality Center announced yesterday that she will match donations made to Pars Equality Center for the victims of the recent earthquake in northwestern Iran.  “Over 50,000 people have been moved to emergency camps. In these devastating conditions, with all we have to be thankful and grateful for, it is easily incumbent upon us to come together and help,” Ms. Daryabari said.   “It is easily incumbent upon us to come together and help. The organization has selected Relief International as its chosen partner for this endeavor.


alimostofi

Thanks JJ. But We need this

by alimostofi on

Thanks JJ. But

We need this site to be involved on a major Operation Rescue Iran. We need the world to think that there is a much more fundamental humanitarian catastrophe taking place.

So many Iranians are abandoning Iran and fleeing to US. Meanwhile the animals in Iran are feeding on the helpless and US enjoys our best people.

This site is not mobilized to stop Iran from dying. And JJ you will not do anything about it. We need a UN emergency vote and this site needs to rise up to the challenge. You have the name of Iranian on the net.

We need to make the UN act. It starts here. This is the centre of Iranian media and it is not happening. In a hundred years time people will ask why you did not do this.

People will ask why didn't Iranians create a mission to rescue Iran. Why did they quibble about politics and religion. We argued about personailities.

@alimostofi
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Azarbanoo

JJ, Thanks for

by Azarbanoo on

Providing this info to help our compatriotes.


Bavafa

Thanks to all those who have worked hard to allow us.....

by Bavafa on

To help out.

Doing my part and sending another donation today.

Wish strength for the victims of this disaster.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 

Mehrdad


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