Extra curriculum classes for disadvantaged girls
The Avaye Mehar Institute is located in the city of Gorgan, northern Iran. The institute provides shelter for girls with poor backgrounds from surrounding area. Most of the girls have not had the opportunity to attend the school previously and are illiterate or are significantly behind in learning compared with similar aged children. The institute provides remedial education for the girls to allow them to join local schools within the correct age group.
In 2013, the institute was struggling to fund the remedial education classes and approached the Yarra Foundation for assistance. After a fundraising campaign, the foundation was able to provide funding and plans to continue the campaign to ensure ongoing support of this programme.