Our Mission

Our Mission is: To break the cycle of poverty by helping children stay in school.

Keep Children In School (KCIS) implements its mission by matching sponsors directly to children whose families cannot afford to keep them in school, thus enabling them continue their education from elementary school through college.

Additionally, KCIS cultivates partnerships with other non-profit organizations with common goals to make a difference in the lives of these children by providing them with an education and hope for their future.

Learn more about How We Do This.

Who We Are

Keep Children In School (KCIS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 (tax ID# 27-4287052), obtaining its OFAC license (IA-16947) in 2012. At the same time as KCIS was conceived, an organization called AYDM (Anjoman e Yaran e Danesh va Mehr) was founded in Iran by the same founder to act as the operational arm of KCIS in Iran. KCIS and AYDM are the two arms of the same entity, with the former focusing on fundraising and the latter on distribution.
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What We Do

KCIS provides Educational, Financial, Social, Psychological, Healthcare, Family-empowering, and additional services to disadvantaged children in Iran (Iranian and Afghan immigrant children) showing academic promises.

KCIS programs empower individuals to support children through its giving programs as follows:

By matching sponsors directly to children, KCIS helps children remain in school. Sponsors provide financial assistance for educational and related expenses of the sponsored child and, If desired, the sponsor can establish a one-on-one relationship with his/her child.

Sponsorship is $600 for a full year ($50 per month or $1.65 per day). For this nominal payment, the sponsored child will be fully supported throughout the calendar year, receiving the following benefits:

  • Monthly payment scholarship
  • Tuition Assistance (if applicable)
  • Book purchase (if applicable)
  • University Test Preparation
  • Extracurricular Programs such as:
  • Language classes
  • Computer classes
  • Art/Music classes and Sport classes

Your donation provides the basic essentials that all students require to attend school. It is used in different programs. These programs pay for students financial aid, school supplies, emotional, healthcare, family-empowering and other forms of support for our students.


With $100 donation, KCIS supports the basic essentials for children to attend school. This program provides the fund for school supplies such as backpacks, stationaries, school uniforms, shoes, personal hygiene packages, etc.


With $100 donation KCIS brings smile to the face of many children and their families by providing not only new clothing, shoes, and bags but also shirini, ajil to their home for Nowruz celebration.

Help a child

You can help a child by making a general donation, becoming a sponsor, or contributing to their back to school or Nowruz shopping.

Dedicate an Event

Dedicate your special day and help change lives. It’s easy! Create an event on our website and ask your guests to donate to KCIS in lieu of gifts.

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