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Iranian Houses

Houses for Relief Works and IAPSRS offices located in deprived areas

 Iran is the home for all Iranians, a home which should let all its residents enjoy its fondness and blessings permanently.

 

 

 Volunteer teacher is teaching the needy boy at Iranian House

 
     "Iranian House" is the shelter for every Iran resident person suffering from persecution and indigence. It is a source of hope for any human being living a difficult life due to its shortcomings and deficiencies. It has its own Iranian identity. An identity composed of mere hope, fraternity, peace and affection. Iranian House is the permanent place for most of charity activities of Imam Ali Popular – Students Relief Society. It is a place where the volunteer aid assistants and the help seekers are in direct contact. This makes it possible to take big steps towards promotion of the situation of children and deprived people through proper training and spanning between a social problem and modalities to solve them.
     IAPSRS has various projects related to specific social issues and problems. In these projects, every year, social harms and modalities of solving the problems are continuously reviewed and studied in Iranian Houses. Iranian House provides
a) Psychological consultancy services to individuals and groups
b) Educational courses for children
c) Self-employment and income generation training for women heads of household
d) Treatment services for families, etc.
     The first Iranian House of IAPSRS unofficially inaugurated in 2005 on the basis of Sharmin Meymandinejad's (the founder of the society and initiator of its projects) proposal. It has now changed into a center for provision of service and the HQ for the society members. Now in Tehran IAPSRS has 5 Iranian House in different parts of deprived areas of the city.
     Iranian Houses, as the popular offices of the Society, are the hosts for specialized and planning weekly meetings of the members. Every specialized group of assistants and the Society liaison staff, for instance, hold their briefing sessions for their colleagues as well as other study and research groups in theses homes. Iranian Houses, from a managerial point of view, have different staff as follows:
• Executive manager: Every Iranian House has an executive manager in charge of coordination between work groups, educational courses timetable setting, assistance and consultancy activity schedules, and management of all other executive affairs needed in the Houses.
• Teachers: Educational activities are the most important activities of the Iranian Houses. An accurate educational curriculum is planned for the children of the selected families' children and the teachers hold their classes on certain times accordingly. The courses vary from primary level to university and to special course levels for women as heads of household and to income generation.
• Consultant: One or more consultants are stationed in every Iranian House to extend planned psychological assistance to individuals and families approaching the Houses every week.
 

 

 Bahar, the child labor comes from a deprived family, is studying in Iranian House

Iranian Houses, the Houses for consultancy:
     Since the establishment of the first Iranian House by Imam Ali Society, comprehensive and continuous planning has been done to hold regular consultancy sessions and extend assistance to the target people through the house. There are two types of consultancy programs in Iranian Houses:
A) Individual consultancies: These consultancies are held for the poor families in need of a psychological assistance every other week.
B) Group therapy sessions: These sessions are held under direct supervision of a psychologist and include special subject packages made periodically available in a numbers of sessions. The main subjects discussed in these sessions include identification of family crises and crises resolving techniques, marriage related issues, women heads of household and children depression, addiction of family head, role of family in giving addiction up, children quitting school and the factors influencing their decision, cultural teachings and creation of  reading stimuli in students, youth problems and the solutions proposed by course attendants, holding public sessions and utilizing solutions proposed by families suffering from a problem, composition of cultural groups of juvenile members for cultural and sport purposes, etc.

Iranian Houses, the Houses for education:
 

 

 Children are studying at Iranian House

     Holding educational courses for the students under protection is regularly carried out in Iranian Houses. These courses are held every day and absorb a considerable number of students. Iranian House in Molavi region located in Tehran, for example, has some 200 students who enjoy attending the courses held there. An average of 360 hours of education courses are held in Iranian House. In addition to educational courses, there are extracurricular classes such as English language, calligraphy, designing and painting, sculpture, carpet weaving, hair dressing, and courses for thinking together. The following table illustrates the Iranian Home activities in different areas.

 

 

 

 

     Another action taken by the Iranian Houses is establishing and equipping a scientific laboratory to promote the scientific capacity and insight of the students. All the relevant experiments mentioned in the curricular books will be practically experienced in this laboratory.

 

Iranian House, the house for health and sanitation:

 

 Volunteer doctor visiting children at Iranian House

     Existing number of medical and sanitary problems among the deprived and poor people is the main motive to consider this purpose. Sanitary services rendered in Iranian Houses include health education for mothers, periodic expert doctors' visits, family planning courses and medical and sanitary consultancies.

 

 Volunteer medical students are checking children’s weight and height

 
Iranian House, the house for culture and art:
     Holding drama courses and composing art groups for the children and teenagers in every region and letting them to keep practicing are some other activities of the house. Iranian House drama, puppet show, and film making groups participate in Mehr’s Children Festival, which is especially held for various art groups, every year to show their works of the year. One of the objectives of composing art groups is utilizing "art therapy" as the most recent way of extending assistance to children in need of psychological assistance. Art therapy is being used by expert groups in all regions covered by Imam Ali Society in successive periods. 

 

 IAPSRS theater group (children of deprived families under IAPSRS help) performing on the stage for people

     Establishing special libraries is another activity of every Iranian House. There are more than 2000 books in the library of every Iranian House, established in accordance with the needs in every geographical/urban region and the needs of assistance seekers and people approaching them. They have books for children, juveniles and teenagers. The Society libraries have currently some 150 active members. They have various activities in the library. They hold "poem nights" to let the young poets read their poems, they study poems and compare them, and acquaint the members with Iranian and non-Iranian literature which are quite attracting for them.

Iranian House, house for employment and creativity:
     Holding workshops for job training, productive work and income generation is an executive priority in Iranian Houses.  Teaching self-employment expertise, such as teaching computer skills, handicrafts, and sewing/tailoring is among the future programs of Iranian House’s job generating committee.

 

 Free hot food at Iranian Houses for children

 

 Children are happy in Yalda ceremony at Iranian House 

Active Iranian Houses of IAPSRS
IAPSRS is thinking to open new Iranian Houses in every deprived area of the country and give relief helps to needy children and their families.

 

 Children are playing in Yalda ceremony at Khaksefid Iranian House - 2011