Society of Students Against Poverty

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Society of Students Against Poverty (Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society), (Persian : جمعیت امام علی, Jameeat-e-Imam Ali) is the first nonpartisan, student NGO in Iran founded in 1999 and has its first official office in Sharif University in 2000. The major activities are social problems, especially about children.

Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.

Non-governmental organization organization that is neither a part of a government nor a conventional for-profit business

Non-governmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or nongovernment organizations, commonly referred to as NGOs, are usually non-profit and sometimes international organizations independent of governments and international governmental organizations that are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to affect changes according to their objectives. They are thus a subgroup of all organizations founded by citizens, which include clubs and other associations that provide services, benefits, and premises only to members. Sometimes the term is used as a synonym of "civil society organization" to refer to any association founded by citizens, but this is not how the term is normally used in the media or everyday language, as recorded by major dictionaries. The explanation of the term by is ambivalent. It first says an NGO is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level, but then goes on to restrict the meaning in the sense used by most English speakers and the media: Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to Governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political participation through provision of information.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia and officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.


The founder of the Imam Ali's Popular Students Relief Society Sharmin Meymandi Nejad, is the initiator of Intelligent Charity.

Sharmin Meymandi Nejad Iranian writer

Sharmin Meymandi Nejad is an Iranian writer, director, researcher of social sciences and the establisher of the Imam Ali Society. Sharmin was born in 1970 in Tehran. His father was Professor Mohammad Hosein Meymandi Nejad, a famous scientist and author.

Intelligent Charity Organization means an organization in which all the members are like a body, they evaluate the circumstances especially in social problems and present solutions in every case. Solutions are given by the university students that have expert and knowledge in that case. The solutions are based on students’ theory and domain researches and make program and schedules.

Charitable organization non-profit organization with a charitable purpose

A charitable organization or charity is a non-profit organization (NPO) whose primary objectives are philanthropy and social well-being.

Organization social entity with a collective goal; social units of people that are structured and managed to meet a need, or to pursue collective goals

An organization or organisation is an entity comprising multiple people, such as an institution or an association, that has a particular purpose.

Activity fields of this community mostly deal with children related topics, such as orphan children, runaway children, Juvenile delinquency , child labor , sick children and also with poor families (mostly because of their children)

Juvenile delinquency Illegal behavior by minors

Juvenile delinquency, also known as "juvenile offending", is the act of participating in unlawful behavior as minors. Most legal systems prescribe specific procedures for dealing with juveniles, such as juvenile detention centers and courts, with it being common that juvenile systems are treated as civil cases instead of criminal, or a hybrid thereof to avoid certain requirements required for criminal cases. A juvenile delinquent in the United States is a person who is typically below 18 years of age and commits an act that otherwise would have been charged as a crime if they were an adult. Depending on the type and severity of the offense committed, it is possible for people under 18 to be charged and treated as adults.


Health Committee: both prevention and cure for the families under control.
Social Committee: dealing with family pathology like child harassment, selling children, family addiction…
Education Committee: educating and cheering children, and helping the best of them in their supplemental education.
Culture and art Committee: improving the cultural level of the children and families
Employment Committee: Finding job opportunities and making employment for family members

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." This definition has been subject to controversy, as it may have limited value for implementation. Health may be defined as the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental and social challenges throughout life.

Social characteristic of living organisms

Living organisms including humans are social when they live collectively in interacting populations, whether they are aware of it, and whether the interaction is voluntary or involuntary.

Education Learning in which knowledge and skills is transferred through teaching

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators and also learners may also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy.

Major organization’s programs


Sharmin is the professor of organization's tutorial classes called “Rahyaft”. Syllabuses of this class are:

Sharmin Meymandi Nejad, The founder of the organization Fsharmin1.JPG
Sharmin Meymandi Nejad, The founder of the organization

1. Theology
Bases and origins of all of world’s live religions.
2. Linguistics
The origin of different languages, comparison of eastern and western languages, and the effect of the language on the way we think.
3. Symbols
Is it possible if we stop word-thinking and begin to concentrate our attention to the symbols and concepts?
4. Personal and collective unconscious
5. Healing methods
6. NLP (Neural Linguistic Planning)
7. Cosmology
Origin and initiation of the world in accordance to religions and science.
8. Meditation , TM and Relaxation
9. Yoga
10. Sum up and conclusion

In most of these syllabuses, the presented material include contents that are presented for the first time and most of the theoretical subjects are novel ones. That is why these classes have met great popularity and active participation from university students.


Koochegardan is the most famous activity of the organization. This national-religious ceremony, runs every Ramadan. In this program, students gather needful materials for the poor families from their universities. And on the 21st night of Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power, or Decree) and the night of the martyrdom of Imam Ali, they give all the gathered materials to the needy people.

Koochegardan started in 1999 in Tehran and continued to this date. The latest Koochegardan took place on October 2006, in Tehran, Kermanshah, Zanjan, Zabol,… The 2006 program gave away about 5000 packages of materials. Each package contains objects like: Rice, sugar, fish tuna, chicken or meat, tea, lentil, cheese, date, honey, macaroni…

Iran Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei at the speech of Eid ul-Fitr named this activity and praised their effort . 

The 1st Cancer seminar (about children)

The seminar took place in Sharif University, Shahid Beheshti University and The Dialogue Between Civilizations Center, for 5 days in 1999.

Children of love festival (Jashnvare Farzandan-e-Mehr)

The festival consisted of three sections: short films, movie dramas and theater. All of the performances dealt with social and humanitarian problems. There were also some groups of behzisti children performing alongside professional ones. Sharif University, Amirkabir University of Technology, Allame Tabatabaie university, Jahad Daneshgahi and Alzahra University, were the hosts of the festival in 1999.

Birth of Jesus Christ ceremony (Jashn-e-Milad-e-Masih)

In January 2000, and 2001, the organization celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with attendance of Christian members and with the purpose of respecting the love of Jesus Christ toward human being and also to emphasis on organization’s view toward all religions’ objectives, which is to love people and make a better society.

On December 22, 2006, the ceremony took place again. Father Kishishian and Sharmin Meymandi Nejad gave speeches on Christianity and Islam and the religious part in helping people.

Iran 1130

Iran 1130, is a plan to make the candidates of Iranian presidential election, build a village in their election campaigns instead of spending lots of money on paper ads or somethings like that.
Some of the 2005 candidates showed their interest toward this plan but the complete version of it is yet to come.


According to the 2005 conference about the condition of Iranian children, held by the first big brother society, a seminar took place in Tehran Juvenile Correction & Rehabilitation Center in the holy month of Muharram in the year 2007, with the aim to free some of the children who were there because of money.

Other activities

Praying ceremonies - Street Children (The seminar in Alzahra University on March 1999) - Little teachers of love (Yadvare-e-Moalleman-e-Koochak-e-Eshgh) – Interpretation of Quran – Nurse day ceremony (in Ali Asghar Hospital) – Toy festival (one week program in Koohsangi park in Mashhad, with the assistance of Ferdowsi University of Mashad on September 2001) – Celebration of Love (Jashn-e-Mehr, on October 2001 in University of Tabriz) – Helping the people of Bam, following the earthquake - Protest against the condition of the Iraqi children during the war on April 2003, at UN center in Tehran.

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