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About Founder

Mitra Forouzesh Behnam is a native of Iran, Tehran. She was born to a Kurdish family in Tehran, Iran. Mitra immigrant to the United State in November 1986 with her 2 children, ages 4 & 5 years old.

My story:

After my two children started their college, I have blessed again in 1998 giving birth to my third child. Same time I forced to move to a small town. I knew God has a purpose for everything! I knew it was a reason for me to move to Tracy, therefore I became active in the community. I knew there are tens of thousands of children who don’t have the luxury that our kids have, after my last child in my heart, I felt that I must go out and make a difference in the world by joining the charity to help needy children. Then I did joint “DAAYEH” to help underprivileged children in the disadvantaged area! I felt I can give to those in need the best way I know, but I didn’t get satisfaction in my life by just giving donation, or joining other non-profit organization; satisfaction comes from knowing personal vision comes within, and my personal vision was, how to lead an organization that to pursue my vision which it was to put a smile on other children’s faces that are in the dark area of poverty.

Mitra Forouzesh Behnam

It is a sad world when so many of the future population are going hungry and cold, with no health care, lack of proper education and dying of no medical aid.
In the meantime of dreamed to pursue helping needy children, I faced the most difficult circumstance in my life, which was dealing with my dear baby sister’s cancer. After I lost her, I realized how much she had impact in my life. I am remembering her loving words that encouraged me to pursue my dream! I am remembering over and over my sister was telling me, “When I will get cure from cancer I will establish an organization to help others”.
In the Farsi Language, the world “ROYA” means dream! it was “ROYA”s dream and wish to help children in need.
Therefore, I was given birth to Roya foundation in the year 2015 in purse Roya’s dream, and to continuing Roya’s wished to break the cycle of poverty that every child should have the opportunity to go to school and would be able learn through quality primary education, and every child should have access to healthcare, and medical aid.
Roya Foundation (International Alliance to Assist Children) is dedicated to my sister Roya Forouzesh who was died in cancer on July 17, 2008
Roya’s wish was to provide humanitarian, educational assistance, healthcare, and medical aids to needy and poor children.
Help to expand schools, orphanages, urgent care, and hospitals to make better facilitate for needy children, and help cancer patient to give them hope for not necessary everybody died.
As Roya said: It’s all the love that is making this organization strong and keeping organization going like a powerful atomic energy source.