According to government estimates, there are more than 500,000 disadvantaged young women in Iran who have been the victims of abuse, violence, and neglect. Omid Foundation USA provides support to young women like Bita, who ran away from home at 13, was arrested, and put in prison with murderers and drug dealers. When she came to the Omid Center in Tehran, she was scared and felt helpless. If it weren’t for Omid, young women like Bita would be on their own, since government and social service programs are non-existent in Iran. Omid provides a safe haven where they get counseling, participate in recreational activities to facilitate social readjustment, get job training, and secure long-term employment. More than 85% of the participants emerge with permanent, secure jobs and go on to enjoy life without relapse. Each graduate also volunteers to give back by teaching others the value of young women in Iranian society. Omid means "hope" in Farsi, and hope is what you can bring to young Iranian women in need.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; Internationally; We are an international organization,but have a very active awareness/fundraising group in the DC/MD/VA region. Not sure how to show that above.; Iran

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Women/Girls; Students

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Omid Foundation (USA) is: Less than $500k

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