*Norooz 2018* and the children of Zardeh

*Norooz 2018* and the children of Zardeh

From Mercedes Afshar

Raising money to buy *eidi* (a new year's present) for the children impacted by the earthquake at a village in the Kermanshah province. Hoping to make their *Norooz* this year almost as delightful as ours will be!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #16

All,

I would like you THANK YOU for your help with our campaign to help the children in Zardeh. As many of you may already know, over the past couple of months, we faced several obstacles in the process of getting the children presents and the families food. Other aiding agencies were not letting us distribute our purchases claiming that our aid would only help one village and cause turmoil in the region. Which is silly, as it seems like there is not much aid available, and the people in the region, who are mainly Kurdish, are still struggling and the children.. well, they’re children and they just follow along during these tough times. Thanks to your help however, we were able to create something more permanent for the children instead. Something to look forward to..a place that allows them to be children : a playground!

With the $11,000 we were able to collect by the end of this campaign we bought playground equipment & are paying for labor for everything to get installed. The playground equipment is all “per code” for the children of all ages to be safe and we purchased them all from a manufacturer located in Tehran at half price (thanks to the generous manufacturing company). Here is breakdown of how your donation was/is being spent:

Playground Components:
Merry-go-round
X2 Slides
X2 Sets of Swings
Teeter-totters
X2 Playground Assemblies
X2 Metal Benches
X2 Light fixtures
Ground Cover
X1 Playground Signage

Labor & Installation Costs
Ground Leveling
Transfer of Equipment from Tehran to Zardeh
Installation of equipment
Installation of electricity & Lighting
Signage Installation

(note: Nearest small playground to this village used to be about an hour drive away).

Please visit/follow the Instagram page we created for updates and photos of our progress with the construction:
https://www.instagram.com/noroozinzardeh/?hl=en

Again, apologies about the delay for an update… it has taken too many phone conversations, meetings, and arguments with heads of different organization to obtain this piece of land for free and to be able to get to this point. We may have not made it for Norooz this year, but hopefully the children will get to enjoy having a playground in the years to come

THANK YOU, again and again!!!!! Please stay tuned for more updates!!

Yours,
Mercedes & Pegah

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #14

THANKS to everyone who believed in this cause and contributed! We have 2 days till Norooz and have over $10,000 to spend on presents and critical necessities such as food and shower facilities for those in need! Stay tuned during the upcoming weeks to see how your contributions will be spent! Follow us on IG @NoroozInZardeh for more..

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #12

A L L T H A N K S TO Y O U !

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #11

Norooz is close!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #9

If 10 generous individuals each donate $200 in the next 5 days, we will reach our goal budget to do everything we are planning to do! That is how close we are! So inspired by everyone who has contributed so far and we want to say T H A N K Y O U, only a thousand more times!!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #10

If 10 generous individuals each donate $200 in the next 5 days, we will reach our goal budget to do everything we are planning to do! That is how close we are! So inspired by everyone who has contributed so far and we want to say T H A N K Y O U, only a thousand more times!!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #8

We have 7 days to go and Pegah and I have already begun finding resources for the purchase and distribution of the goods. Thanks to several generous individuals we will be able to get the children bicycles and the parents some basic food supply packages for half the original price. We are also looking into purchasing 1 or 2 modular, and of course communal, shower/restroom units to provide for the communities around Zardeh that are in desperate need of them. Stay tuned for more..

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #7

THANK YOu!!! we made it to 6K TODAY!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #6

we have hit 50% of our goal! Help us get there!

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #5

Pegah is going to Zardeh tonight! Look for some photos and videos on our Instagram page for more live updates during the coming days!

**You can follow us on Instagram @ NoroozInZardeh**

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #4

We now have an Instagram account for updates and progress! You can follow us @NoroozInZardeh

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Mercedes Afshar posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #3

This is Pegah and MiMi Zaynab (one of the elders in Zardeh). Pegah will be hand-delivering everything we purchase through this fundraising to the kids!

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