Charity Day in Iran Date in the current year: March 5, 2024

Charity Day in Iran Charity Day is an official observance in the Islamic Republic of Iran held on 14 Esfand in the Iranian calendar (March 5 in the Gregorian calendar). It was created to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation.

The history of charitable organizations in modern Iran goes back to 1964, when future participants of the Iranian Revolution began to support of the families of political prisoners. Following the victory of the revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini founded a charitable organization to help poor families regain financial stability. The Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) was officially established on March 5, 1979.

IKRF provides multiples forms of support to families and individuals, including social security coverage for nomads without insurance and senior villagers, free insurance for people living below the poverty line, and financial assistance for students who cannot afford to pay for their education. As of December 2008, a total of 8.6 million people received some sort of aid from IKRF.

IKRF also provides support outside Iran, mainly in countries and territories with predominantly Muslim population, such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, the Comoros, Iraq, Kosovo, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, and Tajikistan.

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