Financial TimesTea with FT Middle East: Saideh Ghods

By Monavar Khalaj in Tehran

Twenty years ago, Iran’s most successful charity began its life in a basement, with a handful of volunteers and a budget that would barely cover a single expensive meal in the Tehran of 2012. Today, with about $50m in turnover and a team of thousands, its founder, Saideh Ghods, can still remember the pain and heartbreak that led to its creation. It was an experience, she says, that “changed the path of my life for ever.”

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wsjThe 50 Women to Watch 2008

Sheila Bair Tops the List By Michael R. Crittenden

Ms. Ghods is widely credited with spearheading the expansion of nongovernmental organizations in Iran beyond traditional religious-based charities to include broader-based civil-service organizations. And she has become a role model for young Iranian women who want to take an active role in society.

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Seeking Signs of Literary Life in IranPublished: May 27, 2007

Occasionally, a work of homegrown fiction manages to be both absorbing and benign by the standards of Islamic decency. Saideh Ghods’s best-selling novel “Kimia Khatoun,” which revisits the life of Shams-e Tabrizi, the Sufi mystic who inspired the poetry of Rumi, from the perspective of Tabrizi’s discontented wife, is a case in point.

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PARSA Community Foundation

Saideh Ghods: One Woman’s Volunteerism Providing Hope to Thousands

In the northeastern hills of Tehran’s Darband district lies an 18,000 square meter hospital and rehabilitation center dedicated to treating children diagnosed with cancer. The center was created by Saideh Ghods, whose two-year old daughter, Kiana, was diagnosed with cancer in 1986.

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OCPC MagazineMahak Children’s Cancer Center – A Pillar of Hope and Strength

Nima M. Gharavi, M.D., Ph.D.

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Iranian Among WSJ’s The 50 Women To WatchNovember 16, 2008

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Payvand.comSaideh Ghods By Syma SayyahSaideh Ghods is a lady and a mother who has done something almost revolutionary in Iran. Not only did she endure the pain and sorrow when her daughter fell ill and was diagnosed to have a malignant lump in her kidney, she quietly did all that was necessary, taking her child to the proper doctors and administering the necessary medication and standing by her child to bear the pain with her. Not only did she make sure that no stone was left unturned in order to make sure that all that could be done was done for her child.

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Payvand.comIDB Award for Saideh Ghods, the Mahak chief By Syma SayyahLast month Mrs. Saideh Ghods, the founder of Mahak, was awarded the prize for achievement by women in the Islamic world by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Jeddah in recognition of her work and efforts to improve children’s healthcare in the past 17 years. Ms Ghods won this award jointly with Mrs. Runa Khan of Bangladesh.

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