Yari is a charity organisation with the vision that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, should have the opportunity to both fulfill their potential and to complete their education. We work directly with the affected families through our organisation, where we provide monthly financial assistance in exchange of having these children attending school. This is method is called Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT), research has shown that this is indeed one of the most effective charity-methods.
Yari creates opportunities for marginalised children in Iran to attend school in order to graduate and to fulfill their potentials. This is done by monthly financial contributions.
Yari works with direct donations of cash to the families and conditions them to prove that the children do attend school and study, they also give us the right to check up on this ourselves. This way of working is called Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT), a method that has been proven as one of the most effective ways of helping amongst charity methods. You may read more about our way of working here: http://www.yari.nu/en/research
Yari is active in greater parts of Iran today, please see the map for more details. Our foundation is primarily active in Sweden for fundraising activities.
Currently our board consists of nine full members and three board alternates. These are chosen by all members of the association, every single one of them have a natural right to vote at our annual meetings. Our board consists of six women and three men, in the age range of 30-70.
The board is chosen by the members of the foundation, the election is every year at our annual meetings and all members are able to candidate.
Anybody can become a member by paying the annual member fee of at least 600 SEK (you could divide this to monthly payments). All of the member fee goes to the children.
All, including our board, are working nonprofit. Yari has, from 25th may 2018, one employee working with communication within the association. That person’s salary is funded by earmarked donations from entrepreneurs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations go to the children only.
We have four persons in our coordination group in Tehran and 42 contact persons who are working directly with the children.
The coordination group in Iran currently consists of four persons who coordinate all our local field workers (contact persons for the children). They gather the children’s grades, carry out random sample checks in order to ensure the children’s wellbeing, distribute means to our contact persons and also lead our big projects such as school constructions in Iran.
Our field workers are passionate volunteers that work without pay directly with the children. They are responsible for a local group of children (maximum 15) and are tasked with gathering their grades / proof of attendance from the schools, check on the children’s wellbeing and distribute funds to the families.
About membership and children in Iran
You have the possibility to get in touch with your sponsored child and their family through the contact persons assigned to that child. When you become a sponsor, you’ll also receive the contact persons phone and email so that you can contact them directly. Keep in mind that they are volunteers and that rural areas might have bad coverage, but if you’ve tried to contact them several times without success, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you get in touch.
Yari are currently providing help to 550 children, and since the founding of Yari, sponsors like you have helped thousands of children. Our goal is that by 2023, will provide help to 5 000 children each month.
When you become a sponsor, you will have a child assigned to you from our waiting list. These children will then start to receive monthly financial aid through Yari and we will ensure that the children do in fact, attend school and are actually completing their studies.
You could either be assigned “a child” from our waiting list or you can give us requests regarding gender, age and area in Iran. If you let us chose, we will choose the child with the greatest need of your help or who has waited the longest.
Yes. Every six months you will receive a compilation of the child’s grades and the contact persons assessment of hers/his well being. You also have the opportunity to communicate directly with the family, under our monitoring the first times. After that, it will be between you as a sponsor and the child’s family to plan your phone calls or visiting dates. In case of illness or non-attendance you will be notified by us, something we also monitor continuously.
It is primarily our contact persons in Iran who gives us a first recommendation after a thorough investigation of a potential Yari-child and their family. The investigation is done by our coordination group in Teheran, if the child meets our criterias she/he is on our waiting list. After which we start searching for a sponsor for the child. Any member of the Yari Foundation also has the right to recommend families and children to be investigated, under the presumption that you, are able to become a sponsor for her/him and if the foundation has a contact person in that area.
Yari maintains waiting lists of children in need, generally they are prioritised according to who has waited the longest, but at times urgent cases are presented that merit a higher priority and placement in that list.
Yaris check up on children’s school attendance consists of several parts.
Systematic checks: all children’s certifications and grades are collected twice a year (when the semesters end). The children’s contact persons also carry out two direct controls per year with each school to ensure that the children physically attend school as well. The data is then imported into our bespoke IT systems that automatically flags and notificies us if a child are missing proof of attendance or even if their grades has dropped significantly. We control the grades since we have seen strong correlation between dramatic changes in grades with dramatic changes in their lives. A dramatic negative change signals that something serious has happened and that the family or child might need further support or help which we will try to provide.
Random samples done by our coworkers in Iran: Our central organisation do sample testing by contacting the children and their families directly.
Visits by our board members: Our board members regularly visits Iran and then also visits sites where we are active in order to do their own sample testing as well.
Democratised controls: As a sponsor you are encouraged to have contact with the families, this also means that you are able to notify us if you feel something isn’t right. Note: We are always there in the beginning of initiating contact, in order to ensure the safety of the children.
About donation and payment
We fund all our administration and similar costs through earmarked donations from entrepreneurs/business owners but also from individuals, to ensure that your entire donation goes to the children. We also investigate twice a year, if the monthly fee needs to be adjusted due to currency changes or inflation.
All donations are collected in a pool which is then distributed to the children. We do this to be able to help more children. For instance, when several people donate smaller amounts, their collective sums could help a child. Twice a year, we investigate what the monthly support should be in Toman (Iranian currency) or if we need to add extra one-time donations. We do this to ensure that inflation won’t hollow out the purchasing power in the children’s study assistance. We might also determine to help a larger number of children if we see it giving a greater impact rather than to increase each child’s’ financial support in Toman.
We work with a currency change who receives SEK in Sweden and transfers the corresponding amount to our central account in Iran in Toman. Yari has double checked this process with the Financial Inspection of Sweden.
Yari has built its own organisation in Iran to minimize waste. A central organisation in Teheran makes payments to more than 40 local contact persons who in turn pay each child’s funds directly to the families. The contact persons are required to give receipts for each transaction of funds from Yari to the families. These transactions are controlled both by an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and ourselves.
Besides the fact that you as a sponsor will receive grades and proof of attendance from Yari every six months, you also have the opportunity to have direct contact with the families and simply ask them about it.
A 90-account is a bank account that can be used when collecting money for charity purposes. 90-accounts are granted by the Swedish Collection Control (Svensk insamlingskontroll) who supervise the use of funds collected. The purpose of 90-accounts is to ensure the public that money is reaching what it’s meant for in each and what the charity claims it’s going to be used for. To be eligible to hold a 90-account you need to meet the strict criterias required and regulated by Swedish Collection Control (Svensk insamlingskontroll).
Activities, events and network
Our ambassadors are known personalities who use their networks to bring attention to the work of Yari and to the situation of the children. To see who are our current ambassadors please check YARI NETWROK page.
The entrepreneurs are a group of individuals and business persons who support our work by supporting our organization through earmarked donations to cover administration, marketing and salaries. This ensures that 100 % of all donations from the public can be used to support the children.
Depending on how you want to help, you will have the opportunity to work with different assignments. Please contact us at email@example.com in order to receive more information on how you can be of help.
The festival is our biggest event and all of its profit goes to help the children of Yari.
Yes indeed! Yari arranges concerts, seminars and other events. Stay tuned for more info!