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It's a relatively new approach for Iran, where social welfare has often been left to informal groups based around the bazaar and mosque or fallen to large-scale government-controlled organizations.This center is run by the ILIA Foundation, created by social workers and members of the Nikan Hospital Group, who have partnered with U.N. refugee and health agencies to help around 1,000 families from deprived backgrounds.At one of the sewing machines is 27-year-old Somareh Ghazvani, a second-generation refugee one of around 3 million Afghans who have fled decades of conflict across the border.lines One of the pioneers of the new approach to charity is the Imam Ali Popular Students Relief Society, which was recognized by the U.N. in 2010 and has built a network of 12,000 volunteers helping Iran's poorest children.Ten-year-old Obeidollah had traveled since 3 a.m. from one of Iran's poorest cities Sarbaz in southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province and, inevitably, dreams of being the next Cristiano Ronaldo.Official data on poverty is hard to pin down in Iran.
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