Dear Niku supporters,
Season’s greetings! As we go through the Holiday season, we are reminded to stop and thank all of you supporters of Niku and its activities.
In 2011, Yassi, one of Niku’s founders, brought the 5-year old Fatemeh, and in 2012, Somayeh the 29-year was brought to the U.S. for medical attention. They were both victims of domestic violence. All along both of these individuals have been Yassi’s “guests” in her house.
In Virginia, Dr. Michael Duplessie has been generously operating numerous times on Fatemeh, and on Somayeh. He and his staff, not only performed these operations free of charge, they have even paid for some of the necessary items for these procedures! Niku Charity is indebted to Dr. Duplessie and his office, indeed!
Yassi has been able to negotiate similar deals with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, where Somayeh is receiving some of the treatments.
With the help of its supporters, Niku has had several fundraisers in San Jose & Oakland, CA at (Bonyad Towhid and ICCNC respectively), in Houston, TX at IRIC and a few more in New Jersey and in Virginia. So far, all the medical tests, exams and procedures not covered by acts of benevolence, have been paid out via these funds.
Yassi has had to renew the visas of her “guests” a few times now and our fellow attorney at ICCNC has helped, that we are grateful! Meanwhile, another friend completed and turned in the 501-c application and another generous supporter of Niku, a young attorney from Beverly Hills will apply for the OFAC license, when our 501-C application is approved.
In Virginia, a young lady is working hard on creating the Niku Website, in Houston, another young lady is doing most of our PR and we at Niku, are quite appreciative of their acts of kindness, volunteerism and generosity.
I would like to encourage you to continue to help us in these areas:
- Speaking to Physicians, who are familiar with treating Acid victims & bringing them onboard for the future cases
- Speaking to attorneys, who wish to help out
- Setting up informational/PR/fundraising meetings in your area
- Help us with the administrative part of our efforts
- Financial help as we have about 6-8 other similar cases that need attention. The bank info. is below.
As we go through the last few days in 2012, we found it necessary to once again, thank you so very much!
May you & your family enjoy this festive time of the year in Happiness and Health! God’s speed!
Niku Board of Director