Voices for Justice
Voices for Justice is a department of the International Association of Sufism, a non-profit, United Nations, NGO-DPI. We are a group of youth leaders advocating for the rights of children by providing a forum for public awareness through: education, community service, events and programs so that every child and every young adult has the opportunity to fulfill his or her highest potential.
Ambassadors to UNICEF
Voices for Justice represents a unified voice for every child whose rights have been denied and for every child whose voice has been silenced. Voices for Justice supports the efforts of UNICEF’s life saving work with quarterly monetary contributions.
UNICEF works in more than 180 countries and territories providing health care, clean water, improved nutrition, and education to millions of children in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Our last contribution through the “trick or treat” for UNICEF Program provided funding for vaccination and immunization for Nigerian children.
Last year Voices for Justice was given the title of Ambassadors for Unicef for helping to raise over $1000.00 for an after school program at a Palestinian Youth Center. Thank you to all who helped make this possible!
Baby Knit Cap Project: Malawi, Africa
Voices for Justice launched our first annual baby knit cap project in 2007. All hand made knit caps will be donated to orphanages, hospitals, clinics and schools in Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the 11 poorest countries in Africa and there are 550,000 orphaned children currently living in Malawi. The caps will be distributed through our collaboration with The Global Aids Interfaith Alliance. Voices for Justice believes that all children deserve to have their basic needs met; therefore, we plan to provide warmth and comfort to many babies in need. We anticipate that this will be an annual project, therefore, please inquire if you are interested in participating.
Adopt a classroom in Central America
Collectively VFJ will adopt a classroom in Central America targeting preschool aged children in rural areas. School supplies that will be distributed included but not limited to: pencils, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners individually packaged in a bag for each child.
To find out more please email: firstname.lastname@example.org ATTENTION: adopt a classroom.
Voices for Justice is developing new programs to raise awareness worldwide. They work closely with the Sufi Women Organization and other organizations that promote justice. If interested in a partnership with Voices for Justice or for more information please contact Voices for Justice.
Voices for Justice has organized an ongoing food drive for the month of November. All non perishable donated food items will be distributed to a Bay Area Food Bank and will help low income families during the holiday season.
VFJ: Member Biographies
Seyedeh Hamaseh Kianfar
Founder and chair, has given lectures internationally and is traveling to Thailand and Laos within the next month to continue doing research in human trafficking and HIV. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership.
Secretariat, is currently studying Bio-chemistry with the hopes of joining the medical field so that she can better serve humanity. Samiramis has led several projects including UNICEF’s Trick or treat project, which raised $1000.00 for a Palestinian Youth Center.
Neda Ana Tejada Castillo
Finance director, was born to Salvadorian parents and immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 years old. She is currently obtaining a degree in psychology and her specific interest lies in the welfare of children. Neda has started several projects including: collecting basic school supplies for underprivileged children in Central America.
Director of Membership, is currently pursuing his goal of becoming a dentist. Born in Iran, Omid’s background serves an important role in VFJ.
Director of Public Relations/ Communication, is a student of Sufism. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she comes from a loving family of educators. Emily is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Therapy and is a teacher in a first grade classroom. Emily feels that it is her responsibility and calling to provide service to children and youth globally.
VFJ: Past Projects
A Children’s Art Calendar
Voices for Justice created our very first Children’s Art Calendar for the 2007 calendar year. Voices for Justice asked a community of children ranging in age and experience to reflect on children’s access to basic needs: shelter, water, health care and nutritional food. In turn, children created beautiful pieces of art, raising awareness about the basic needs that every child deserves. Voices for Justice, intends to continue the Calendar Project annually.
14th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony
The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Excellence and the Tamalpais Bank directed the 14th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony in January, 2007. The International Association of Sufism’s Voices for Justice Department was nominated for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence. Voices for Justice extends appreciation to the International Association of Sufism for the opportunity to attend. Voices for Justice enjoyed meeting fellow nonprofit leaders in Marin County.
Voices for Justice Supports the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Did you know?
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women in the world
Three million women in the United States are living with breast cancer
In the past five years, 4.4 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer and survived
Voices for Justice supported The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the Avon Foundation for promoting awareness and providing education throughout the world about the severity of breast cancer. (The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held on July 7-8th, 2007 in San Francisco, California.)
Save the Children Knit Cap Project
Voices for Justice participated in Save the Children’s knit cap project and donated several hand knit infant caps to underprivileged mothers and infants. Save the Children is an international organization advocating for children globally. On January 31st, 2007 over 260,000 infant caps were taken to Washington, D.C. Members from Save the Children met with policymakers and asked them to do more for newborns internationally. The caps were then delivered to infants in Malawi and Bangladesh. Both countries have high rates of infant death. Many newborns will be warmer this year!