Doostane Farsi Zabane Man

Call to action!

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

Dear friends,

Toward the end of November, Doostane Farsi Zabane Man, which translates from Persian (Farsi) as “My Persian-Speaking Friends,” is expecting our first batch of letters from Iranian students. The students range in age from eight years old to fourteen. We’re very excited about this development, and we can’t wait to have our American students write their replies.

As you probably know by now, Doostane Farsi Zabane Man is a pen pal program between Iranian and American students. The project will help foster friendships between these children, who live in very different societies from each other. They will learn about critical world issues, develop an appreciation for the other country’s contributions to society, and be involved in the development of a peaceful relationship between the United States and Iran by helping transform the next generation of Iranians and Americans into compassionate and understanding human beings.

We are not looking for a large donation. Even though we do need a fair amount of money to make the program successful over the course of the year, a small amount will fund a month’s worth of letters. If you wanted to sponsor one pair of students for one month, it would cost under $4.00.
•$2.10 would buy one International Reply Coupon, which would allow an Iranian student to send his or her letter to Doostane Farsi Zabane Man at no cost to the student.
•$0.88 buys two domestic stamps, one to DFZM to send the original letter and translation to the American student, and the other to allow the American student to send back his or her original letter at no cost.
•$0.98 buys an international stamp, which would allow Doostane Farsi Zabane Man to send the original letter in English and the translation to one Iranian student.

We’d like to be able to continue this program for eight months with about fourteen students (around seven from Iran and the same number from the U.S.).

We recently won a $500 seed grant from http://www.DoSomething.org, but it will cost more than that to run the program for the entire year, due to expenses like necessary consultants and filing to become a legitimate non-profit organization.

We have a button on our website where you can donate using PayPal or a credit card. It’s a little widget that says “ChipIn” on it.

Thank you,
Amy Katuska
Program Director

P.S. We need to raise $23.76 by the end of December in order to send the original English letters, the Farsi translations, and an International Reply Coupon back to Iran. We are also trying to raise $400 to file for 501(c)(3) status. Please help us reach our goals.

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