Who We Are:
Founded in 2004, CHILD International is a non-political, non-sectarian volunteer based nonprofit organization that aims to provide equal opportunities for displaced and underprivileged children by empowering them, providing them access to education, housing and family assistance programs.
We define displaced people as refugees, forced-migrants, victims of natural disasters and asylum seekers and are committed to helping the children of this marginalized population. Our desire has been to create a world where all displaced and underprivileged children are members of a global community where they are provided with the opportunity and resources to build a life of dignity.
We believe this can be achieved through individual empowerment, access to education, housing and family assistance programs that aim to successfully integrate these children and their families into their new environment.
CHILD International is a non-profit organization that operates completely within California State Laws. All contributions to CHILD International, are tax-deductible under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Our Mission: CHILD International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help displaced children reach their full potential through empowerment, access to education, housing and family assistance programs.
Our Vision: We envision a future where all displaced children have an equal opportunity for a successful life.
We focus on 4 key areas that drive change and create equal opportunities for those we serve:
Education: Education is the pillar of change for all children. Our goal is to minimize interruptions in the education process of the displaced and underprivileged youth we serve. We aim to solve this problem through numerous strategies, from providing financial aid and scholarships for higher education to delivering much needed school supplies.
Housing: Every child deserves a safe and loving home. Whether an underprivileged child is homeless due to lack of resources or migration, we make it our priority to provide them and their families with a proper living environment. The help we deliver ranges from assistance to access affordable housing, temporary shelter and funding for rent.
Empowerment: Self-reliance is the most sustainable way to ensure that the people we help can continue to thrive on their own. We empower our underprivileged and displaced children and their families by providing them with a variety of services that allow them to feel independent. These services range from educating them about available public resources to providing ride assistance programs, job search support and much more.
Family Assistant: Helping our marginalized youth also means helping their families. This allows for a stronger foundation and a greater chance for a successful outcome for the lives we aim to improve. The family support services we provide include access to affordable healthcare, childcare, financial aid programs, translation, career guidance, employment opportunities and more.
We are a group of dedicated volunteers who believe in making the world a better place by helping displaced and underprivileged children reach their full potential.
EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Haleh Khatami is an advocate of children, who strongly believes that education is the key to rising above socio-economic crisis. For almost two decades, she has been actively and voluntarily pursing her passion toward providing the gift of education for underprivileged children across the world. As the president and co-founder of Children’s Hope International Literacy and Development (C.H.I.L.D.), she successfully leads the cause through her strategic planning, especially in areas of marketing, public relations and fundraising. Haleh is an entrepreneur with a Bachelor’s degree in MIS from California State University of Long Beach, and has many years of experience in fields of finance and real estate. Her company, SSS Real Estate, acquires and manages real estate in Orange County. Haleh is the mother of three compassionate daughters who kindly support her in pursuing her goals in life. Her personal achievements include a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, earning her a silver medal in 2011, and two gold medals at 2013 ATU National Tae Kwon Do Championships.
Haleh Bayat is a skilled artist of many mediums, including graphic design, photography, and painting. Haleh’s start-up “Haleh Art Studio” provides services such as teaching painting workshops, graphic design services and photography. She has an MA from California State University, Fullerton. Her anticipated Peace Project exhibited human beings of different nationalities in their purest forms to try to break the dividing lines that hinder peace. She is passionate for humanitarian projects involving children & their well beings. She manages the Syrian Refugee program in San Diego @Child-International, as well as assisting with the youth program. Her responsibilities includes but not limited to: fundraising, event planning with the team, reviewing ideas & decision making on variety of cases referred to Child-International at the board meetings. She also assists running social media, campaigns, photography & print materials @Child-International.
Mike Whipple received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Business Administration from UCLA. Mike was elected to Laguna Niguel City Council in 2000 & 2004 and served as Laguna Niguel Mayor in 2003. He has worked as an engineer, financial consultant and investment banker. He is currently the President to a municipal financial advisory firm. He is a member of Chi Epsilon-National Civil Engineering Honor Society,Tau Beta Pi – National Engineering Honor Society, American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association. Since 2004 he has been the President of International Orphan Care (IOC) which provides education, health care, nutrition and vocational training to children in Afghanistan.
She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Parvin has been on the board of many Charity organizations, all of which concentrating on helping Iranian American women and children in need. She has been involved with Children’s Hope International from the inception and an active Board member since 2010. She helps with accounting as well as many other projects/cases at Child International.
He is a former engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation, He studied math at UCSF. He is passionate about humanitarian work and has joined Child’s team for the past year.
Katayoon Karimi received her masters degree in German language and literature from Azad university, Tehran. Since 2009, Executive Director and Secretary of the board, Katayoon has been wholeheartedly overseeing the implementation of C.H.I.L.D programs. Her extensive musical expertise as a piano teacher has been a great asset to the organization in engaging her students and other youth with the Youth Ambassadors of Hope.
Nazy is the President of Cameli Investments which was co-founded by her and her husband. Cameli is a portfolio company managing numerous residential, retail, and commercial real estate holdings.
Nazy cares deeply about people who suffer and struggle and her passion has always been to create new paths for families in need. Nazy and Fardad have always supported various organizations with a mission consistent with the aforementioned belief. Nazy has become actively and personally involved in several charitable organizations including CASA for the past several years.
Nazy graduated from Woodbridge High School based in Irvine, California and then attended California State University in Fullerton where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude. In 1992, Nazy earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a concentration in Accounting from California State University in Fullerton.
Nazy is married to Fardad and together they have a daughter who is an educator and a son who is a college student.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Ismail Yassai
Atoosa Vakili is an attorney, practicing immigration law in Irvine, CA. She was admitted to the Bar of California and the 9th Federal Circuit Courts in 1989. Atoosa started her career at the San Diego civil litigation firm of Backes, Friesen and Wolf. In 1994, she founded the law office of Atoosa Vakili, practicing in the areas of immigration, bankruptcy, business and real estate law. Atoosa is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the California Bar Association. She has been the chair of The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA) Foundation for years 2014-2016 and acted Pro Bono/Community Outreach Chair for IABA-OC chapter in 2015. She is member of the executive board and Director of Youth Ambassadors of Hope, the youth group of Children’s Hope International. . Atoosa is also a member of the Iranian American Foundation and of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans.
Paymon Rokni is an Experienced, innovative and strategic leader in software engineering, IT and business technology, Paymon Rokni offers expertise as an innovative and strategic leader in start-up, high growth and Fortune 100 companies. His expertise comprises: software engineering & development, business technology, web platforms, digital marketing,IT strategic planning. Rokni’s startup enterprise Envertex offers technology solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses, at an affordable price point specializing
in SaaS and business technology solutions via cutting-edge technology that will lead to unprecedented growth.
Dr. Masi Hashemian
Dr Masi Mokhtari Hashemian graduated from USC school of Dentistry in 1991. She co-founded Persian Student Dental Association ( PSDA) with Dr Namazikhah, She is an active member of American Dental Association ( ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Orange County Dental Association ( OCDS), Academy of General Dentistry ( AGD), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry and World Clinical Laser Institute. She has received her fellowship in Dental Implants from UCLA. Dr Hashemian has a private practice in Irvine where she provides extensive amount of pro bono dental services for less fortunate members of our community as one of her philanthropic activities. She has also founded the Iranian-American Women’s Vollyball Club ( IWVC) in 2009, in Irvine.
Cheshmak is a dedicated community volunteer who serves numerous nonprofit organizations including IAW Foundation. Cheshmak is a graduate of West Los Angeles University with extensive experience in legal/claims field. She is a mother of two beautiful children.
Dr. Shirin Ansari
Dr. Shirin Ansari is the founder of The Center for Learning and Behavioral Solutions in Irvine, California. Dr. Ansari has pioneered a multidisciplinary approach in evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents. In 2008, guided by her mission to empower struggling children, Dr. Ansari founded Kid’s Potential, a non-profit organization committed to the early identification and treatment of underserved and at-risk children. Kid’s Potential is proud to have join forces with the national organization CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to provide educational and psychological services to thousands of foster children in Orange County.
Reza Goharzad is known as Editor, Journalist and political commentator best known as the talk show host of KIRN’s ”Politics & Society” and Andisheh TV’s 2 political & educational shows called “The Chalesh & Pouyesh.” Reza Goharzad had edited 12 books in health, psychology / 8 books in Literature / 4 books in Politics / 7 books in Jewish history. His latest books are 4 volume books about Holocaust. Reza Goharzad’s childhood interest in politics carried over into his adulthood. He is a human right activist and advocate of Secular Democracy. He is married and have two daughters.
Vivian Kiani, a candidate for Social Work Master’s (MSW; 2017) at University of Southern California (USC), relieved a bachelor’s degree in computer science from national University in Tehran (Iran) and after 17 years experience as office manager, department supervisor, and accountant in United States, transitioned into human services Currently interning at family shelter, serving as a treasurer on the Orange County Fine Art Center Board, working with Orange County Health Care Agency (OC HCA), and partaking in different facets of Children’s Hope International.
Sina Bayat is a distinguished composer and musician who founded the Najva Ensemble in 2006. Najva has donated many of its concert proceeds to non-profit and humanitarian causes. Sina Bayat is the studio director at the radio station 670AM. He has also founded Persians Helping Hands Foundation for general charity activities.This Foundation helps
with basic needs such as food, rent, money, counseling, medical care or referrals for needy families.
- Amir Javadi
- Zarrin Khoshnevis
- Azadeh Varjan
- Benjamin Babazadeh
- Farid Parvini
- Kambiz Zanjani
- Mansoureh Javadi
- Parisa Savadkouhi
- Mahsa Shoeleh
- Nader Kalantari
- Omid Koohi
- Rasoul Alizadeh
- Simin Kalhori
- Niloofar Parvini
- Mandana Gorgin